Yale Law Library - Reference Blog
October 2009 - Posts
Below please find the text of an email that was sent to YLS students regarding current awareness tools.
Today, I thought that I would let you know about a few tools that
can help you keep current. These tools can help you keep current with
the law in particular fields or scholarship in particular fields, by
particular authors, or that appear in particular journals.
are several methods that you can use to stay current with new events in
particular areas of law. I expect that you are already familiar with
Lexis' and Westlaw's saved searches (if not, contact a reference
librarian or the Lexis or Westlaw representative for instruction).
Those tools allow you to receive new results from searches that you
have constructed. There are, however, better tools.
publishers have specialized in a form of legal publishing called
"looseleafs". Looseleafs pull together all primary source material on
a legal topic as well as analysis and current awareness information
(the name hearkens back to their print past). Today, these publishes
still produce these research tools and they are still very useful and
they produce excellent current awareness tools.
Clearinghouse is one of these publishers. CCH has pulled many of their
looseleafs together into one online platform that you can access from
the Law Library Databases page (under the name CCH Online Networks).
After a short registration process you will have access to information
on a wide variety of legal topics. You can also sign up to receive
"tracker" newsletters from CCH (either in your email of via your rss
reader) on over 70 legal topics. Just click on the "tracker News" link
in the upper left.
Another looseleaf publisher, the Bureau of
National Affairs also produces material on a large number of legal
topics and produces newsletters on over 100 legal topics. You can see
a list of the newsletters here:
newsletters will come to you by email. If you are interested in
receiving any BNA newsletters, please send an email with your name,
your Yale email address, and the name(s) of the newsletters that you
would like to receive to john dot nann at yale dot edu. Please note
that it will take several days for your BNA subscription to become
There are several tools that you can use to track legal
scholarship. I expect that you know about the "New Acquisition" lists
that the law library publishes,
http://www.law.yale.edu/library/acquisitions.asp, but did you know that
you can find out, on a weekly basis, what new books we've recieved on
any topic that you choose? To do that, set up a preferred search and
have new results sent to you. To set up a preferred search, conduct a
search in MORRIS (a subject search is a good one) and, on the results
screen, click on the "Save as preferred search" button. Log in and
follow the prompts and from then on, you'll receive notice of any new
books that we receive that match your search. By the way, for broader
coverage, you can also do the same at worldcat.org.
There are a
couple of good tools for keeping up with legal periodical articles.
Washington and Lee Law Library's Law Journal Content tool allows you to
set up an rss feed for new journal tables of contents
(http://lawlib.wlu.edu/CLJC/index.aspx) (there is actually a lot more
that you can do with the content, you can see their information page
for more: http://lawlib.wlu.edu/CLJC/explanation.aspx).
Current Index to Legal Periodicals is another contents tool. CILP is
available to you by a variety of means. First, it exists as a database
on Westlaw (database identifier is CILP) and the usual Westlaw saved
searches work on it. Second, you can sign up to get the tables of
contents of selected journals and/or information about articles
classified under selected subjects. To set up a CILP search, go to
http://lib.law.washington.edu/cilp/scilp.html and set up a profile.
First, however, you will need YLS's code. You can get that in the
Library databases link on the Inside site
(https://inside.law.yale.edu/Research/305/default.aspx - this should
work if you sign in). And third, you can go to CILP and read it in
html, Word or PDF at: http://cilp.nellco.org/cilp/index.cfm.
Also, some journal publishers provide table of content or other current awareness tools for their stable of titles (see Sage Journals Online
for example) and other, non-law, indexes allow you to save searches.
If you are interested in any of these, stop by and see a reference
librarian or contact one of us and set up a meeting
forget that we can help with your other research issues. You can stop
by or, for more complex probnlems, contact us and set up a meeting.
John B. Nann
Associate Librarian for Reference and Instructional Services,
Bibliographer for EU and UK Law, and Lecturer in Legal Research
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
john dot nann at yale dot edu
Yale ISP Celebrates Open Access Week
Just received this press release from the YLS Information Society Project:
Yale ISP Celebrates Open Access Week with
The Information Society Project at Yale Law
School (Yale ISP) today launched three new reports on the state of
access to knowledge in comparative national perspective. The new works
feature research on challenges of intellectual property and innovation in three
developing countries. The launch is timed to coincide with the first-ever
international celebration of Open Access Week,
October 19-23, 2009.
Open Access Week seeks to raise awareness of the importance of open access
to research. In today's world, proper use of digital publication platforms and
open copyright licenses can greatly facilitate the spread and impact of
academic research. Consistent with these values, the research launched this
week carries Creative
Commons licenses and is available for free download
at the Yale ISP website.
In developing the reports, the Yale ISP partnered with academic institutions
abroad at the University of Buenos Aires, the University of Addis Abeba, and
the University of Cape Town. Research teams within these and other institutions
have joined with the Yale ISP to form the A2K Global Academy,
a network of academic centers dedicated to research, education, and policy
analysis promoting access to knowledge.
The project has already resulted in two books, both forthcoming from the
open access publishing imprint Bloomsbury Academic
this winter: Access to Knowledge in Brazil: New Research on Intellectual
Property, Innovation and Development, and Access to Knowledge in Egypt:
New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development.
Research examining related topics in India and China was launched in
August 2009. The newest installment, featuring insights into the state of
access to knowledge in Argentina, Ethiopia, and South Africa, completes the series of seven reports.
Topics addressed by the research include: open source software, alternative
business models for cultural production, exceptions and limitations to copyright,
ICT for development, access to medicines, open educational resources,
technological standards, and biotechnology.
The three-year research project was supported with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,
as part of an initiative supporting international academic collaboration on
access to knowledge challenges and opportunities.
“Innovation is the basis for economic growth and finding solutions to
pressing problems,” said Lea Shaver,
director of the ISP’s research program in access to knowledge. “But law and
policy do not always support innovation optimally, nor ensure that new
knowledge spreads as widely as it could. This research offers important
guidance to policymakers, particularly in the context of developing countries.”
Continuing its academic work in this area, the Yale ISP will host a major
conference on access to knowledge and human rights on February 12-13, 2010 at
Yale Law School.
The Yale Information Society Project is an intellectual center at Yale Law
School that studies the implications of new information technologies for law
and society, guided by values of democracy, human rights, and innovation. For
more information, visit isp.law.yale.edu.
For a research guide on India's Resources, check out our country-by-country grid or the Foreign Law Guide.
For print primary resources please go to
the Lower East Side of the Law Library, call number location KNS. Here we will
have the Constitution of India (KNS1744.5195), selections of Constitutional Debates (KNS1760 .I33 2001) and the following federal case reporters: Supreme Court Reports (KNS18.5.A2 I53), the All India
Reporter (KNS24.A2 A45), and Supreme Court Cases (KNS18.5 .A3). Please note that state cases will also be in the All India
Reporter (KNS24.A2 A45). In addition to federal and state reporters, the Lower East side houses certain specialized reporters like Current Consumer Cases (abbreviated CCC) and the decisions of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission
(abbreviated NC). However, the collection of specialized reporters is
not complete in coverage. Titles such as Consumer Protection Reporter
(abbreviated CPR) and Consumer Protection Judgments (abbreviated CPJ)
can be ordered by library patrons through Interlibrary Loan. Other primary print sources, including archived editions of India's constitution, India's Code, and
Regulations are available by request from the Library Shelving
Facility (LSF) via MORRIS.
For electronic primary resources, the Government of India's web site <http://indiacode.nic.in/>
contains primary law, although this is not an official version. Yale
Law Students also have access to India's statutory and case law through
the subscription database Manupatra
(password on YLS Inside). In addition, LexisNexis Lawschool
(individual password) contains the reported and unreported decisions of
the Supreme Court of India, from 1999 to present, as well as select
international arbitration agreements. More specialized information can
be found through agency websites, for instance National Consumer
Disputes Redressal Commission decisions are available here and the Legal Information
Institute has select government publications online, as well listed here.
For secondary sources, run title searches in MORRIS and ORBIS
first. These catalogs will indicate if we subscribe to a journal in
either print or electronic format. If we do not own a copy of the
journal or book that you are looking for, search WorldCat and request the item via Interlibrary Loan using the "Yale Links" button.
For newspapers are
kept at Sterling Memorial Library's Newspaper Room for 6 months after
receipt. Some are then archived in microfiche format. Always check
Orbis for currency and title, as well as to find online versions.
Certain papers are also available online through the newspaper's