January-February 2018

Faculty Update Recap

The law librarians presented a one-hour faculty workshop in late January highlighting a number of legal history resources available through our print and digital collections. We covered where you can find complete database lists available to faculty via the main library and the Moritz Law Library, The Making of Modern Law’s U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, ProQuest’s Supreme Court Insight, HeinOnline’s collections of state primary sources, LLMC’s unique collections of early state records and primary sources, Rotunda’s American Founding Era collection, superseded state codes in print in the law library, and excellent collections and guidance available online for free. The slides can be found here.

If you have suggestions for databases we should acquire or you’d like more information about navigating the collection, please contact your faculty liaison.

W&L Law Journal Rankings Tool has a New URL

You may be familiar with the law journal ranking tool (which includes rankings for specialized law journals) maintained by the Washington & Lee School of Law Library. Users can choose a specific journal title to see where it ranks or rank the top 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, or all journals with certain characteristics (e.g., student-edited, online-only, health-law focused). You can also choose ranking criteria including combined score, impact factor, journal cites, currency factor, case cites, and cites/cost. The methodology is explained here. As of February 20, 2018, the old URL is no longer functioning. Please update your bookmarks to this link for future reference: https://managementtools4.wlu.edu/LawJournals/

Landmark Supreme Court Cases in the Law Library

Check out the Moritz Law Library’s new display of landmark Supreme Court cases, located next to the reference desk on the 2nd floor.  The featured cases all have an anniversary in 2018.  The display includes quotes and articles from Moritz professors, books you can check out, and other information on these important cases:

  • Marbury v. Madison: judicial review (215th anniversary)
  • Shelley v. Kraemer: racially restrictive covenants (70th anniversary)
  • Gideon v. Wainwright: right to an attorney (55th anniversary)
  • Terry v. Ohio: search and seizure (50th anniversary)
  • Roe v. Wade: abortion (45th anniversary)
  • Lawrence v. Texas: sodomy (15th anniversary)

For an interesting resource containing briefs and arguments from these and other significant SCOTUS cases, check out Landmark Briefs and Arguments of the Supreme Court of the United States, located in the Law Library’s Reference Stacks.  A list of helpful databases for researching the Supreme Court can be found on the Law Library’s Legal Research Databases guide.

Another Database, Bloomberg, Offering Free CLE Credits

We mentioned last month that Westlaw is offering free CLE credit. Bloomberg has just made this offer available as well. Simply log in to Bloomberg Law and select “On-Demand Certification Courses” from the list of options in the front-page box titled “Law School Success.”

New Features of HeinOnline’s Author Profile Pages

HeinOnline Author Profile Pages can give you valuable information including how often your work that is on HeinOnline is cited by cases or articles and how often it is accessed by HeinOnline users. Recently, new features have been added to this resource—specifically, the frequency of self-citation and the ability to look at the profiles of all authors from a particular institution, like Moritz College of Law.

HeinOnline launched Author Profile Pages some time ago, and Moritz College of Law faculty should all have profiles, which were created for them through the law library. If you don’t see your profile claimed or you would like assistance editing your profile, please contact your faculty liaison. Also contact your faculty liaison if you are interested in other ways of tracking citation and download metrics for your scholarship.

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.