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Legal Resources for the Election

Election Day is now less than a month away. If you are interested in knowing more about election law for this election, or in the U.S. in general there are some good options available to you.

First of all there are several good print resources. On display in our hall display case at the moment is a book called America Votes! by Benjamin Griffith. We also have a subscription to the Election Law Journal.

While you are online you might want to check out Westlaw’s new tab on election law. Or maybe poke around the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration’s website on election law, which has a huge collection of materials on past and present elections, and on the process in general.  If you are interested in local elections, you might check out the Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations website for information about candidates, and recorded debates.

Finally, remember that today is the last day you can register to vote. And the first day of early voting! If you want to make sure that you are registered to vote in Indiana, you can go here. If you are not, you download a registration form here, and then either mail it (it must be postmarked today) or you can bring it to the Justice Building down town before four o’clock today. Happy voting!

Using Microfilm or Fiche

The Library offers several options for accessing microform data, including: viewing, printing, and digitizing.  The Canon Microfilm Scanner 800 (MS-800) is like the older Canon machine (both located in the Law Library’s Media Center) – you can use it to read and print film or fiche, however, it has two notable differences. 

First, the MS-800 has a wide screen, which not only allows for clear viewing of detailed or large-format microfilm images, but also permits dual-page printing.  Second, the MS-800 can scan microfilm or fiche into a digital image directly to the attached PC.  With up to a 600 scanning dpi resolution, the MS-800 will allow you to save the images in the following formats: TIFF, BMP, JPEG, JBIG, PDF (depending on which scanning software you use):

  • Canon Scanning Utility 800 – easy to use, offers 4 file formats (TIFF, BMP, JPEG, JBIG)
  •  eCopy Desktop – easy to use, can save digitized documents in the following formats: TIFF, CPY, PDF.  Can create searchable text, which will then be imbedded behind the PDF.  Using OCR, can also convert the scanned document to editable text (Microsoft Word document).
  • OmniPage 15 – sophisticated OCR software generates the most accurate results and will save scanned documents into over 30 different formats (including Microsoft Word, Excel, XML, PDF and PowerPoint).  OCR proofreader allows you to correct the scanned image while simultaneously viewing a wide context of the document’s original text.

The Canon MS-800 has an attached high speed laser printer.  The cost of printing is 10 cents per page.  There will be no charge for scanning microforms, but you must save any scanned documents to your own storage device (USB flash drive).

As with any resource in the Law Library, please consult a reference librarian if you have any questions or if you need any assistance with using the Canon MS-800.

Snazzy New Wireless Access

Last year, as our returning students may recall, there was some trouble with wireless access in the library (and throughout the Law School).  The University has been working on the problem, which exists all across campus, this summer and hopes that the problem has been fixed for the school year. Please let us know if you have any trouble with the wireless system in the library–if we don’t know that there is a problem it’s not easy to fix it! You can contact Linda Fariss at, or stop by her office in the reference area of the library.

The Printers Are Shifting

We are moving our printers to new servers. This means that if you already have the library and UITS printers set up on your computer you will need to shift them over yourself. If you are a student you have probably already received an e-mail from the fabulous Dave with instructions on how to do this, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat it here.

Thus, in Dave’s own words– Full Story »

The Law Library Movie Collection

As some of you may already know we collect movies here at the Library.  Specifically, movies with a lawyer or legal bent.  It’s always interesting to see how people in our field are portrayed in the mass media, and there often movies that are really interesting to and appropriate for a particular class.  On top of that, though, it’s just fun.  We really enjoy racking our brains for legal movies that we have missed, and we like to think of our students curling up with My Cousin Vinny when they get too tired of using the Library’s more serious materials.

So, students, remember to take a break every once in a while and watch a lawyer movie.  And, though we won’t be doing our traditional movie buy for awhile, if you notice any important lawyer movie that we are missing let us know!

New Request Delivery Service

Legal Books GraphicNo more trekking across campus! Patrons may now receive items from other IU libraries directly through IUCAT’s Request Delivery service. Most circulating materials can be obtained through Request Delivery. Items excluded from the service include non-circulating materials, such as reference books and periodicals, materials that are checked out, reserve and short-loan items.

To use Request Delivery:-

  • Log in to IUCAT.
  • Search for item and click on the Request Delivery link located on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Select Bloomington Law Library from the drop-down box.
  • Select a date after which you will no longer need the item and click the Request Delivery button.
  • You will be informed by email when your book is ready to be picked up from the Law Library circulation desk. Delivery takes 2-4 days.
  • The My Account link (in the red toolbar at the top of the IUCAT home-page) allows patrons to review, renew, and cancel requests.

Go ahead and start requesting – so many wonderful library books are just a click away!

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