June-July 2016

Sophia Lu Joins the Library as HR/Fiscal AssociateSophia Lu

Sophia (“Zijun”) Lu recently joined the library staff as an HR/Fiscal Associate. Sophia recently graduated from OSU’s Fisher College of Business with a Master’s in Business Finance. Her undergraduate degree, also in finance, is from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Sophia worked recently as a student investment analyst for the OSU Treasury Office. She has worked in Columbus and Portland, Oregon on a number of projects as a financial analyst intern, and also completed an internship at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Xiangtan, China. Sophia’s office is located in room 186C of the library. She can be reached by phone at 292-7722 and email at lu.1584@osu.edu.

A New Legislative History Database: Legislative Insight

ProQuest Legislative Insight (off-campus access) is a powerful tool for researching federal legislative history, providing access to compiled legislative histories for laws enacted between 1789 and the present. For a given enacted bill, ProQuest’s researchers collect all the documents related to it, including companion bills, reports, hearings, committee prints, Congressional Record sections, and presidential signing statements. This means that you can search for a single law, by popular name, bill number, or public law number, and find the citations and links to the complete set of legislative history documents for that law. Legislative history also provides a Guided Search that allows you to do full-text or subject searches and to narrow your search by document type or Congress. You can also do full-text searches within a compiled legislative history.

ProQuest Legislative Insight serves as a companion database to ProQuest Congressional (off-campus access), which contains congressional documents that are not part of a legislative history, and ProQuest Regulatory Insight (described below), which compiles administrative law histories for particular federal laws.

Regulatory Insight: Regulatory Histories Organized by Public Law

ProQuest Regulatory Insight (off-campus access) provides federal compiled regulatory histories from 1981-2015. The collection will eventually include regulatory histories from 1936-1985 as well. Regulatory Insight enables researchers to quickly find and view all publications (in PDF format) in the Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register related to a public law. Because we also subscribe to ProQuest’s Legislative Insight, it’s possible to link back and forth between the legislative documents associated with the public law as well. The database is set up to enable searching by agency, public law number, popular names for laws, subjects, keywords, and citations to the CFR and Federal Register. See ProQuest’s research guide, which will provide the latest information on what you’ll find in the database. Note that the database is limited to capturing materials produced from agencies’ rulemaking functions rather than their adjudicative functions.

New Primary Source Database on American Founding Era

The law library now subscribes to the University of Virginia Press’ American Founding Era Collection (off-campus access). The database contains digital versions of the papers of some of the major players in the early republic, including Alexander Hamilton, James and Dolley Madison, and the Adams family. In total, there are more than 165,000 documents, including over 16,000 diary entries, as well as letters, military orders, and memoranda. Each collection has a full-text search option, and is also browsable via a unique navigation “compass” at the top of the page. Indexes are available for many of the collections. The collections are annotated with explanatory notes, providing historical and social context. Documents included in the collection that are referenced within another document are hyperlinked, allowing users to quickly access the full text. A few collections, like the Adams collection, have links to instructor resources and related projects. More detailed information about searching the database and using the compass navigation feature is available.

Writing on Writing

We are in the midst of summer writing season, and a few interesting pieces on writing have recently come across our desks that you may find both informative and entertaining. First, Stylish Academic Writing is a light read on how to write well. The author surveyed hundreds of articles from a range of disciplines including law to determine what makes writing exceptional and a pleasure to read. Second, two short works explore writing quirks and things to avoid. A Golden Opportunity to Analyze Clichés in Law Review Articles provides data on just how often law faculty resort to clichés in their writing, and The Supreme Court of Ohio Writing Manual includes six full pages on commonly misused words and phrases (beginning on page 129 of the PDF). Perhaps the list grows longer after every term.

Finally, as you put the finishing touches on your articles this summer, consider the Green Bag article, Before & After the Colon, which begins “There are few patterns more noticeable in law review articles than the abundant use of colons in titles. For what has been referred to as “the least used punctuation mark” or the sideways umlaut, legal scholars may be among the mark’s few  remaining  fans.” The article is a 2006 empirical study that tries to answer the question, “Why on earth are law professors so devoted to the colon in law review article titles?” Fun fact: the article includes this outdated figure: “The cliché “____ by any other name,” appears in 89 titles according to a Westlaw search.” Since Before & After the Colon was published, that number has climbed to 162.

Library’s New Acquisitions

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


Use the EduRoam Network for Secure Wireless Connection While Traveling

Ohio State is 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. To configure and test your access before you travel, access the EduRoam wifi network while you’re on campus. It’s a much more involved process to configure once you’ve arrived at another institution. Detailed instructions for particular devices are available from the University’s OCIO. Also see EduRoam’s map showing affiliated networks around the world.