January-February 2015

Scroll down to read about the Google Book Scanning Project at the Moritz Law Library, the William McCulloch exhibit outside the law library main doors, ORCID and its relation to SSRN, a new tax database, an updated print cancellations list, new books at the library, and tech tips about OSU email space and using EduRoam’s secure wireless network while traveling.

Google Book Scanning Project commences at the Moritz Law Library

The Ohio State University is among a select group of “Big 10” and other major research universities participating with Google in a major book scanning project that first launched nearly a decade ago. The Google Books Library Project is the largest project of its kind ever undertaken to digitize printed materials in academic research libraries. OSU began sending books from campus libraries two years ago and now it’s the Moritz Law Library’s turn to participate. Out-of-copyright books in the public domain (published pre-1923) have been identified for the project. Books will be unavailable for a period of about eight weeks while they are in transit and being scanned at a facility out-of-state. If you have a question or need an item right away, please contact the Circulation staff for assistance in locating a copy through interlibrary loan. Digital copies of the scanned books eventually will be made available to users through a digital archive known as the HathiTrust that currently stores approximately 10.6 million volumes. For further information on the Google Books Library Project involving OSU and other universities that are part of the CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) cosortium, see the CIC’s introductory page on the topic.

 

William McCulloch Exhibit

The career and legislative accomplishments of Congressman William M. McCulloch ‘25 (R-Piqua), who represented Ohio’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives (1947-1973), are currently featured in a law library exhibit curated by Jeffrey Thomas, Archivist of the University Libraries’ Ohio Congressional Archives. The exhibit, located in the display case outside the law library entrance, includes facsimile reproductions of papers, correspondence, photos, and other items included in the Archives’ collection of McCulloch’s papers. An alumnus of the Ohio State College of Law, McCulloch had a distinguished career as a lawyer, politician, and member of Congress. He is receiving renewed attention today for playing a pivotal role in ensuring passage of key civil rights legislation in the 1960s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and later legislation to end housing discrimination. The exhibit highlights McCulloch’s legislative accomplishments, service on crime commissions, and work on a constitutional amendment, and includes awards as well as letters of commendation from distinguished Congressional leaders at the time of his retirement. For further information, see the William M. McCulloch Papers in the Ohio Congressional Archives. The Archives’ site includes a brief biography.

 

ORCID and SSRN

Academic writers know the difficulty of the name-ambiguity issue in publishing: problems arise in keeping track of different authors, searching for one particular author, and keeping track of all one’s own publications. Names that are very common, hyphenated, and/or contain non-English characters are especially problematic when dealing with large databases and other repositories of publications. ORCID (Open Research and Contributor ID) is a free, open, non-profit effort to solve the author name ambiguity problem by creating a central registry in which each author has a unique identifier. These unique identifiers help streamline research and increase author visibility. More than one million authors have registered for an ORCID identifier. In December 2014, SSRN (Social Science Research Network) integrated ORCID identifiers into their records.

 

How to obtain an ORCID identifier and connect it to your SSRN profile:

Creating an ORCID identifier is a quick and easy process: simply go the ORCID ID registration page and begin with your name, e-mail, and password choice. You will receive an e-mail for verification, and then you will be directed to a page where you can begin to fill in your education, employment background and works, in order to distinguish you from all other researchers/authors with similar names. Once you have your ORCID identifier, you can log into SSRN and connect your account to your ORCID number. You will be able to connect to ORCID at the “Personal Info” page. From then on, your SSRN account will be joined to your unique ORCID identifier. If you have questions or need any help with this process, please contact Reference Librarian Stephanie Ziegler at ziegler.149@osu.edu.

Tax Analysts

Want to keep up to date on developments in tax law? The Moritz Law Library recently added Tax Analysts to its database collection. Tax Analysts provides in-depth news and commentary in its publications Tax Notes Today, State Tax Today, and Worldwide Tax Daily. It also includes a federal research library, so you can research primary law from all three branches – legislative history, a wide range of IRS documents, CRS reports, and court cases. The snapshot below illustrates some recent headlines.

Updated Print Cancellations List

In order to realize needed savings, the Library recently cancelled a number of print publications, most of which remain available online through WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, HeinOnline, or other Library databases. An updated list of these cancellations is now available. Search the online catalog for individual titles or contact the Reference Desk for assistance. Contact Sara Sampson with any questions or concerns about the library’s print cancellations.

New Books at the Moritz Law Library

See what’s currently available on the Moritz Law Library’s New Book Shelf including the titles below. A complete list of new materials acquired in the last month is also available.

 

Tech Corner: Email Space and EduRoam

Are you out of space in your OSU email? If so, try two things in Outlook: (1) make sure you are emptying your trash by right-clicking on your “deleted items” folder and selecting “empty folder” and (2) in your inbox and sent folders, sort by size (by right clicking on the “arrange by” bar and selecting size) and deleting things that you don’t need, especially those things that Microsoft labels as “huge” or “enormous.” If you have trouble with these steps or find that they don’t solve your space problem, let the Moritz Help Desk know. We will work on increasing your mailbox quota.

Ohio State is now part of the EduRoam network. This means that OSU students and faculty who travel to other educational institutions around the world can conveniently use those institutions’ secure wireless networks. These networks are not only secure, but usually faster and cheaper than other services. If you would like to configure and test out your access before you travel, access the EduRoam wifi network while you’re on campus. Detailed instructions for particular devices are available from the University’s OCIO.