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Cyber Law Research. Faye Jones, Director of the Law Library & Professor Spring 2007 Reference Desk: 644-4095 Evening Service: The Hotline (Red Phone) at Reference. Legal Research: What you want to do controls what you need to do. Current awareness BNA services

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cyber law research

Cyber Law Research

Faye Jones,

Director of the Law Library & Professor

Spring 2007

Reference Desk: 644-4095

Evening Service: The Hotline (Red Phone) at Reference

legal research what you want to do controls what you need to do
Legal Research: What you want to do controls what you need to do
  • Current awareness
    • BNA services
    • Pike & Fischer Internet Law & Regulation
    • Forrester Research
    • Newspapers & Magazines
    • Blogs
  • ULWR
    • Choosing a topic
    • Preemption check
    • Ensure completeness
  • Practice
    • Keep up with the law
      • Relevant cases, statutes & regulations
      • Pending and potential changes
    • Transactional Practice
      • Subject-specific Materials
        • Drafting Patent License Agreements
    • Litigation Practice
      • Preparing for trial, finding expert witnesses, collections
tools for current awareness research i
Tools for Current Awareness & Research I
  • Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Services
    • Internet Law News – free registration
    • BNA services – Ask Mark Evans for access
  • Pike & Fischer Internet Law & Regulation
    • Also in print in the Library atKF2763.4 .I58
  • Forrester Research – Ask Jon Lutz for an account
  • Bar Associations
    • ABA, IPL, SciTech
    • Florida Bar Business Law Section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
tools for current awareness research ii
Tools for Current Awareness & Research II
  • National newspapers in print or online
      • NYT, WSJ, LA Times, Washington Post
  • Trade outlets and groups
    • Variety, MPAA, RIAA
  • Advocacy Groups
    • EFF, EPIC
  • Technology or eCommerce resources in print or online
      • Wired, TWIT.TV, eWeek
tools for current awareness research iii
Tools for Current Awareness & Research III
  • News releases from law firms, institutes and think tanks
    • Duane Morris, Eric Sinrod, Martin Samson
    • Berkman Institute, IP Mall, BCLT, Stanford CIS
  • Internet sites and Blogs
    • LC CyberBlog, Dennis Kennedy, Tech Law Prof
    • Question the authority of material found on the Internet. Check accuracy, currency and credibility!
  • N.B. These three slides include selected resources which can give a researcher a good start. Many more helpful resources are available in the Library and other sources. Ask a reference librarian for help!
more resources
More Resources
  • U.S. Government Agencies
    • DOJ, Commerce, FCC, NITA, PTO, Library of Congress
  • BeSpacific
  • ITAA, Information Technology Assn. of America
  • ISOC, the Internet Society
  • Resources from FSU’s Strozier Library
    • FSU Computer Science journals
      • Especially, the ACM Digital Library
    • JSTOR
    • Dissertations and Theses
    • E-books available by searching ALEPH
ulwr topic choice preemption check
ULWR: Topic Choice & Preemption Check
  • Choose a topic
    • Review current awareness tools for hot topics in cyberlaw
    • Search Lexis most current two years of news stories on cyberlaw
  • Do a Preemption Check
    • 1. Search Lexis full-text law reviews and Westlaw full-text law reviews
      • Search both as they include different journals & varying coverage periods
    • 2. Search Legal Resource Index on Lexis (Lawrev: Lglind) or Westlaw (LRI) or LegalTrac Internet database
    • 3. Search the past two months of Current Index to Legal Periodicals on Westlaw (CILP)
      • Browse the most current issues or select “edit search” to search all available issues
    • 4. Search the SSRN database
      • Use on campus or through the FSU domain does not require a user ID or password
    • 5. Browse SSJ: Tables of Contents Service of Selected Scholarly Journals from the FSU Law Library
ulwr read analyze draft a thesis
ULWR: Read, Analyze & Draft a Thesis
  • Read and analyze what you’ve found
  • Draft a thesis statement
  • Writing at the edges
    • What happens when you find that too much or too little has been written on your topic?
    • Talk with your professor early about challenges
ulwr in depth research
ULWR: In-Depth Research
  • Find major legal sources on your topic
    • ALEPH and Aleph Research Guide
      • Epstein on Intellectual Property; McCarthy on Trademarks; Nimmer on Copyright; Scott on InformationTechnology Law
      • Ian Ballon, E-commerce and Internet Law: treatise with forms, Reserve KF390.5 C6 B35 & online updates
  • Find technical resources on your topic
    • Scientific journal articles
    • Google Scholar
  • Find books on your topic
    • Google Book Project
  • Consult experts on your topic
    • Personal contacts and telephone research are legitimate research techniques
in practice
In Practice
  • General
    • Keep up with the law – current awareness tools
    • Bar publications
      • ABA – look at the Section home pages
      • Florida Bar
  • Transactional
    • Use subject-specific resources with forms or drafting advice
  • Litigation
    • Use major treatises, formbooks and specialized resources to
      • Prepare for trial
      • Determine request for damage award
      • Collect attorney’s fees
    • Use the Internet to find expert witnesses
      • Google Scholar, University faculty Vitas on home pages
other cyber law research guides
Other Cyber Law Research Guides
  • Georgetown Law School
  • Harvard Berkman Center
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • University of Arizona
  • Rutgers University
  • 4
  • Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre
  • RSS Feeds for Legal Topics