November-December 2015

Scroll down to read about a new database for tracking federal judicial statistics, the library’s subscription to the National Law Journal website, OSU’s access to Ancestry.com, changes to HeinOnline’s user interface, an updated print cancellations list, and new books at the Moritz Law Library.

Federal Judicial Statistics

TRACfed

The Moritz Law Library has acquired a subscription to TRACfed, a “data warehouse” run out of Syracuse University that collects and organizes data on federal prosecutions, civil suits, and other enforcement actions from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and other federal agencies. TRACfed can be searched for trends in criminal enforcement activities from across the country going back to 1986. You can select variables such as district and lead charge (by U.S. Code title or section) to build data tables displaying total numbers of prosecutions, convictions, or sentences (or all three). TRACfed will also generate custom reports on prosecutions or civil filings by agency, district, nature of suit, or lead charge.

Students and faculty must be on campus in order to access TRACfed. If you have any questions about how to use TRACfed, please consult a reference librarian.

Subscription to National Law Journal online

NationalLawJournal

After a trial period, the Moritz Law Library recently subscribed to the National Law Journal’s online platform (nationalawjournal.com). Instead of encountering a paywall, Moritz users on campus can access NLJ articles as well as linked articles from other major publications like The American Lawyer and The Legal Times. As mentioned previously, certain specialized publications also linked from the NLJ site like Texas Lawyer, New Jersey Law Journal, and Litigation Daily are not included in the package, but may be available through other databases such as Lexis Advance.

OSU Access to Ancestry.com

ancestry

One of the many interdisciplinary databases available to Moritz faculty, staff, and students is the famous Ancestry.com. It is available both on-campus, and off-campus with sign-in. In addition to the census and marriage records that we’ve all seen in commercials, Ancestry provides military records, immigration materials such as passenger lists and border crossing records, and electoral registers. You can search by a person’s name, or browse any of the collections without a specific person in mind.

Ancestry also provides free research guides and message boards for questions and answers. New collections are added frequently. Recent additions include England: Suffragettes Arrested, 1906-1914; Germany & Austria: Directories of Military and Marine Officers, 1600-1918; and Hawaii: Wills and Probate Records, 1822-1962.

You can access Ancestry here.

A New Look and New Features for HeinOnline

HeinOnline updated its user interface this Fall, making it easier to search its extensive collection, from law journals to the Congressional Record to treaties. The main page now features a prominent search bar, which you can use to search text, citations, names of publications, or case law. Users can also browse content by category or name more easily. HeinOnline walks through the new look here.

HeinOnline also introduced a couple of new features to increase efficiency. It used to take several clicks to access an article, but a new streamlined .pdf download option speeds up the process of obtaining documents. And now users can email documents directly from HeinOnline without having to save them first. These options appear just above an article’s text, with the red .pdf symbol for the streamlined download and the envelope symbol for emailing.

HeinOnline is available on campus or off-campus with OSU authentication. Please contact a reference librarian if you need any assistance with this database.

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 the books below recently acquired by the Moritz Law Library as well as the full list of materials acquired in the last month.