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“In One Hour”: Check out these technology books with a legal spin

You’ve used our collection to help you prepare for class or research a paper, but did you that we have several books in our collection on technology too?

Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers – KF 320 .A9 L48 2013

iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers – KF 320 .A9 M45 2012

iPad in One Hour for Lawyers – KF 320 .A9 M48 2012

iPad in One Hour for Litigators – KF 320 .A9 M485 2013

Android Apps in One Hour for Lawyers – KF 320 .A9 S55 2013

Twitter in One Hour for Lawyers – KF 320 .I57 C67 2012

Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers – KF 320 .I57 K46 2012

Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers – KF 320 .I57 S88 2012

I know, looking at some of these titles, you might be thinking that you already know how these technologies work, so these books aren’t for you.  However, even for a technology you’ve been using for years, these books offer a great new perspective for you – how (and, equally importantly, how not) to use these technologies as an attorney.  These books cover not only the features of the technology, but also ethical rules regarding the use of these types of technologies by attorneys, real-life examples and cautionary tales, and more.

As you prepare for job interviews, whether for summer clerkships or post-graduation, you will be faced with technologies, some of which will be familiar, and others that will not.  In some ways, the familiar technologies can pose more of a risk, because you will need to find new ways to approach them to avoid ethical mishaps.  Being aware of these technologies and how attorneys are using them could very well benefit you in an interview or as you start your new job.

And if you’re still not convinced that these books are worth your time, you could always consult the ABA’s 2012 Legal Technology Survey Report to see what technologies attorneys, from solo practitioners to Big Law, utilize on a regular basis  (KF 320 .A9 L43 2012.)  From advertising to client communication to competitive intelligence, these social networks and newer technologies come into play in law practice more often than you’d think.

And although I know class work keeps you busy enough without having to crack another book, don’t worry – these books fairly live up to their name – they can generally be digested in around an hour.  You can find them on the third floor of the library.  Happy reading.

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In Celebration: Constitution Day

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Okay, it’s not Hump Day, but it is Constitution Day!  Libraries, schools, and academic institutions across the country are celebrating the anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution (September 17, 1787) through a variety of activities.  For our own contribution, we thought we’d highlight a few resources for researching the U.S. Constitution.

Hot off the presses, a new app from the Library of Congress: U.S. Constitution: Analysis and Interpretation – first and foremost a print resource for understanding the provisions of the Constitution and its amendments, the app form reads like an e-book, but in a very searchable format.  If you do much research in constitutional law, you may find this app to be a very helpful resource.  Like most government apps, this app is free.  It’s currently available for iOS only, but the Android version is in development.

Not a mobile device user?  No worries – this resource is also available online from Congress.gov (Constitution Annotated).

If you are researching the U.S. Constitution, there are a few other databases you should know about as well.  In HeinOnline, you may want to check out World Constitutions Illustrated.  As the title suggests, this resource gives you access to a number of nations’ constitutions, including the United States.  Here you will find the Constitution, other founding documents, commentaries, scholarly articles, and a bibliography of other resources.  Expanding on this theme, we have several other constitution databases, including Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories Online, Constitutions of the Countries of the World, and Constitutions of the United States: National and State.

Finally, if you want to journey into the world of scholarly blogging, you may want to check out Justia’s list of popular Constitutional Law Blawgs.  Happy researching, and as always, stop by the Reference Office if you have any questions!

Law Library Evening Workshops: Getting to Know IUCAT

Starting this year the Law Library will be offering evening workshops on a variety of subjects.  Next week we’ll have sessions on using the new IUCAT effectively.

–        New to IUCAT, the library’s online catalog?

–        Familiar with IUCAT, but want to learn how to search the catalog more proficiently?

–        Expert at IUCAT Classic, but inexperienced with the new layout?

No matter your level of experience, consider attending one of the Law Library’s evening workshops, all about IUCAT:

Monday, September 9th, room 121

Tuesday, September 10th, room 121

Wednesday, September 11th, room 125

Thursday, September 12th, room 125

Each session will run from 7:30-8 PM

If you have questions about this workshop, contact the Reference Office for more information, (812) 855-2938, or drop by and ask us about it!