My colleagues and I: • What do reference librarians do? • Faculty research = most important • Admitted to a bar? • 6 of 10 of us; JD + MLS • Tenure track for library faculty • All but 2 of us have tenure. • Publications = vital to that process • Time is of the essence for us too.
You will be wearing 2 hats as journal or law review staff members: Cite checkers, preparing papers of prominent legal authors for publication. Note authors, ie, doing original research possibly to become published authors yourselves. The focus of this presentation is 2-fold. Your research needs depend on which hat you are wearing.
General library logistics • Photocopy privileges? • 2 copiers have access codes for journals • in Bound Per & B2S; editors have codes. • Carrels? • Most unreserved; some are reserved through Buildings Management, not the library • Contact Ron Brown/Ref for limited exceptions • Checking out books? • In your own name only • Exception to the rule (ONLY for our books, not ILL) • Fines? • You are responsible, here & at Bobst, unless exception #2 supra is in effect.
Many international, foreign & comparative law guides are on GlobaLex, from Hauser Global Research Tools http://www.nyulawglobal.org/globalex/
Finding Books • Start with JULIUS, the online catalog • Named after Julius Marke, in 1989; library Director from 1945 to 1982; appointed by Arthur T. Vanderbilt. • Call number systems • Most call numbers here are LC call numbers & begin “KF” • In LC classification: K = law; KF = U.S. law • It’s Thomas Jefferson’s fault. • Call numbers for older materials begin with NYUL and are located in specific places. • System created by Julius Marke, ca 1950. • Separate and distinct system from LC. • SuDoc Numbers: for government documents, also in specific places. • JULIUS locations are linked to library maps
Library home page The 1st 2 links under RESEARCH: Julius Online Catalog and Books, Journals & Databases, take you to the same screen.
Search options in JULIUS = mostly clear Title= EXACT title Subjectis not a good starting place
Subject is actually an electronic version of these 5 books. LCSHs are a controlled vocabulary used by catalog librarians when creating call numbers; counterintuitive.
Ex.: Author search for Reid, John Philip This book was catalogued under 2 LCSH’s; #2 has many (1,015) books catalogued under it, but click on the first…
The 9 other books you see when you click on the link are all conceptually related to the Reid book we started with, a goldmine if your topic is the history of representative government. This is the best way to find books relevant to your note topics,once you have even one useful book.
Getting your book: CALL # isn’t enough: you need the LOCATION, if STATUS says it is here. Don’t bother. Try Bobcat or WorldCat Click on the location link
The map appears in a separate window; the specific location you need is in color. Your call number, OC981.8.C5.D47 2008, would fall after the KF’s NYUL call numbers won’t be with the N’s in the LC system NYUL quarantine
1951 1987 2004 FYI: levels & locations
More on books: • If we have what you need, but STATUS = unavailable, remember: books can be recalled from faculty. • How can you tell if a faculty member has it? • Overdue books can be recalled from students • You can put a “hold” on a book at Circ Desk • If we DNO, try BOBCAT, the main library catalog • Link from Julius • Register your ID there to check books out • NB: If available at Bobst Library, don’t order it thru ILL • Other NYU libraries • If registered at Bobst, New School checkout = OK • Nocheck out at some NYU libraries; use ILL.
BobCat’s home pageAgain, if your book is at Bobst, you must go pick it up.
Books, cont. • Other possibilities: • Columbia Law (Diamond) Library & Fordham Law Library at Lincoln Center: • How to get in? Your NYU ID card. • What can you do there? Read, & photocopy; no checkout • NB: Columbia’s Butler Library, etc, will not let you in • Other NYC law school libraries: green letter • Non-law (e.g. Butler) & non-NYPL libraries: METRO referral card • Request METRO cards and green letters at Reference
Only one book is necessary, not 3. Visit close to the date issued. Be sure to check the library’s catalog. But be aware that the book may not be on the shelf despite the STATUS field info. Link to local law library catalogs from JULIUS If you need several passes at the same time for different libraries, we are glad to oblige. NB
Remember: You need one title that library has that we don’t, for whatever reason. Once you’re in, you can access anything you like. METRO Referral: on-site use only; visit w/in 2 weeks of the issue date.
Finding ARTICLES: Scenario #1, for a cite check • First: analyze your citation: • Book chapter, or journal article? • Bieber’s Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations will translate obscure journal abbreviations not in the Blue Book.
Articles, cont. • NB: JULIUS will not find titles of articles, ever. • Or, usually, chapters in books, unless included in the book’s JULIUS record. • Google Books advanced search might help • JULIUS Title search for journal name • Paper, here • M-form, here • Electronic access, here + through Bobst Library • Find Journals & Articles: Journal Title • Actual dates of inclusion may be more generous; check DB • NB: Not all e-journals are in PDF, or even full text • Abstract or html only for very recent articles = typical • What you are searching: same as above, basically • Caveat: BobCat = for older, multidisciplinary paper journals • Contents of some databases do not appear • E.g., articles on WL do, articles on LN do not. • Check individual databases: e.g., Ingenta, WilsonWeb.
Ex.: Title begins with: ‘environmental law’ ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Titles (33) don’t begin ‘environmental law’; for exact title, use “Title equals” (1 hit) • 1st record links to JULIUS if we have it in paper. • Dates of inclusion vary by database • Some articles may be in pdf, some not • Some databases may have older issues/volumes in pdf, but not recent ones.
Scenario #2, Research for your notes: i.e., by subject • LN & WL aren’t good enough: • Don’t access enough journals • Primarily legal, not multidisciplinary • Full-text is convenient but not comprehensive • Use indexes • Give you access to many more sources • Improve the quality of your research • Increase the likelihood that your note will be published • The additional work involved always pays off
Legal & multidisciplinary article indexes:use the Article Finders drop-down
Major legal indexes, online and paper: • Article Finders: Law Only contains, inter alia: • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, 1960-current • Legal Periodicals Fulltext (WilsonWeb): 1981 forward • Legal Periodicals Retrospective (WilsonWeb): 1918-1981 • LegalTrac: 1981 to present • HeinOnline: coverage from vol. 1 of hundreds of journals; pdf • Current Law Index: v.4(1983)-v.25(2004), bound in library • Legal Resource Index (Electronic Companion to Current Law Index), on WL from 1980 • Legal Journals Index: 1986-current on WL; indexes UK & EU journals. • Current Index to Legal Periodicals(CILP) on WL • Weekly editions of Current Index; over 300 journals; “^F” to get to your topic/s
Unbound journal issues are often too recent for online access; no map link to B2S.
Environmental Sciences has 256 journals
Once inside the provider sites, you can browse or search by fields. • This gets you to obscure journals, very useful if you are writing in a multidisciplinary field. • NB:LN & WL will not give you access to most non-legal journals.
Databases: by name, subject, country/region, type, & alphabetical list
…takes you to a list of DB subjects at Bobst List of DBs “General Search” for articles in 3 large databases DB list by format & subject continues below
Re. Bobst: from http://library.nyu.edu/click FIND RESOURCES: Virtual Business Library
The VBL is also a physical place, on Bobst’s 6th floor. • Useful for company, financial, industry, economic & statistical info.
Passworded databases, scenario #1: ex.: New York Law Journal NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL Click GO TO PASSWORD PAGE
Click CONTINUE TO PASSWORD PAGE, & log in with your netID and PW, for the list of PASSWORDS FOR ONLINE RESOURCES. We do not make databases available to members of the public, but you don’t have to request the password at the reference desk.
Passworded databases, scenario #2: ex.: Jutastat We log you on at a public terminal in the Main Reading Room. A few very expensive databases have restricted access because we purchase a limited number of log-ons.