April-May 2019

New HeinOnline Collections on Gun Regulation and Capital Punishment

Two new HeinOnline collections are now available through the Moritz Law Library. The first collection, Gun Regulation and Legislation in America, brings together a variety of resources on this timely topic including scholarly articles, Congressional Research Service reports, compiled legislative histories, Supreme Court briefs, and more. This collection would be a great starting point for researchers looking to take a deep dive into legislative activity over the years in this area.

Also now available is another collection, History of Capital Punishment, which includes a bibliography assembled by death penalty abolitionist Eugene Wanger over the course of 50 years of research. The collection concentrates on the death penalty’s nature, history, operation, effects, psychology, desirability, compatibility with religious and moral precepts, and efforts to abolish the penalty. It consists of a wide variety of sources related to the development of capital punishment over time including journal articles, trials, hearings, books, and other material.

Library Session for Research Assistants

The Moritz Law Library held a session earlier this week for faculty research assistants. If you have research assistants who did not attend, there is another opportunity on Tuesday, June 4th at noon in Room 251. The session (about 1 hour) will address:

  • Basic library issues (RA copy cards, interlibrary loan, faculty authorization for checking out material, database password extensions, other university library locations)
  • Various library catalogs (our catalog, OhioLINK, WorldCat)
  • Legal databases (e.g. Hein, LLMC, Bloomberg Law)
  • Interdisciplinary databases & newspapers (e.g. Factiva, Electronic Journal Center, Academic Search Complete)
  • Federal legislative history sources

Lunch will be provided, so we are seeking RSVPs from attendees. RAs who will be attending should contact Stephanie Ziegler (ziegler.149@osu.edu). Also, if you’d like your research assistant to be authorized to check out material on your account and use the RA copy card to print and photocopy, please contact Circulation Manager Kaylie Vermillion, vermillion.41@osu.edu.

More Ebooks Added to the Library’s Collection

The Moritz Law Library continues to add ebooks to its collection. Most recently, the library acquired access to a set of monographs from Hart Publishing, an imprint of London-based Bloomsbury Publishing. This collection includes a range of foreign, international, and comparative law-focused books on a variety of topics. These titles will soon appear as options to access in the OSU Libraries catalog. This acquisition complements other ebook collections acquired in recent times including Edward Elgar ebooks available on the Elgaronline platform and a host of Oxford University Press and other University Press titles, some acquired by the OhioLINK library consortium, of which the Moritz Law Library is a member.

Law-Related Exhibit at Billy Ireland Cartoon Library

A new exhibit titled, Front Lines: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendmentopened April 20th at the nearby Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. First Amendment protections for speech and press are at the heart of the exhibit, which remains open through October 20th. The exhibit explores the significance of First Amendment protections for speech and press, and demonstrates how editorial cartoonists have responded to historic First Amendment questions.

Co-curators Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, and Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor Emerita and Founding Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, highlight historical works from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s collections alongside contemporary works by members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Together, these pieces invite visitors to consider how editorial cartoons reflect and shape current discussions about political correctness, social media, trigger warnings, fake news, libel, and more. See below for more details about the exhibit.

Exhibit Dates: April 20, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Hours: 1:00 to 5:00PM, Tuesday through Sunday
Admission is free to the public

Updated Vendor Rep Contact Information

We have new vendor customer service representatives for both Westlaw and Lexis. For vendor-specific questions or comments, see the information below for Westlaw and Lexis, as well as Bloomberg Law.

Westlaw: Holly Lynch Fritz

Lexis: Zach McKendrick

Bloomberg: Gillian McTiernan

Please contact Susan Azyndar (azyndar.1@osu.edu) if you have any questions about Moritz access to these databases. Or if you need assistance doing research in any of these databases, please contact the reference desk (lawlibref@osu.edu) or your liaison librarian.

New Acquisitions at the Moritz Law Library

See the books below recently acquired by the Moritz Law Library. A complete list of materials acquired in the last month is also available.