Category Archives: electronic resources

FYI: ProQuest Maintenance Alert

On January 16, 2016, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time and will last for 8 hours.

During this time, access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available, and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance:

Research databases

  • ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)
  • ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
  • eLibrary (all editions)

Thank you for your patience!

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Interested in Animal Law?

Check out our Animal Law LibGuide, which assists researchers interested in studying animal law and related subjects, such as property law, animal rights and animal welfare and protection. Listed within this guide are suggestions for resources which will assist in locating relevant case law, statutes, regulations, articles, news, and books. Also listed are links to resources that are freely available online that researchers in animal law may find of interest.

Also Introducing a New Resource in the HeinOnline Database Collection – Animal Studies: Law, Welfare and Rights

Students, staff and faculty now have access to an Animal Studies database within HeinOnline, consisting of more than 650 titles and nearly 300,000 pages related to animal law. Animal Studies: Law, Welfare, and Rights aims to establish the foundational laws pertaining to animals and follow the evolution of these rights throughout the years, and contains works on the basic rights of animals, moral responsibility, evolution of animal rights, higher law rights for animals, animal rights movement, and wildlife protection. It includes everything from philosophical books published in the 1800’s to videos, periodicals, and brochures, and features materials from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Animal Welfare Institute.

This HeinOnline collection is also directly accessible through the Animal Law LibGuide, under the “Online Resources: Animal Issues” tab.

To browse other legal research guides or to receive email alerts when guides of interest to you are published, click here.  And, as always, contact the LUX desk if you have any questions or need any assistance!

~Susan Catterall & Ashley Moye~

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The Charlotte Law Library Joins Perma.cc

The Charlotte Law Library has recently become a partner of the Perma.cc service.

Perma.cc is a service that helps scholars, courts and others create web citation links that will never break.

When a user creates a Perma.cc link, Perma.cc archives the referenced content and generates a link to an archived record of the page. Regardless of what may happen to the original source, the archived record will always be available through the Perma.cc link.

To learn more about preventing link rot using Perma.cc, check out the “Preventing Link Rot with Perma” tabs on the library’s Student Publishing Guide or Research & Scholarship: A Faculty Guide.

~Ashley Moye~

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How to Register for Bloomberg Law?

Go to bloomberglaw.com

Click on “Register for a law school account.”

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You do not need an activation code. Leave this box blank and continue filling in the required information.

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Fill in all the required information.

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Click on “I agree with the terms and conditions,” type the text that appears in the window below, and press the “Submit” button.

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You will now see the message below thanking you for requesting a Bloomberg Law account. You may need to wait 24-48 hours until your registration is processed.

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Once you registration is processed you will receive an email from Bloomberg Law. Go to the Bloomberg Law webpage provided and use your email address & temporary password to log on.

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Once you are at the Bloomberg Law website, log on with your email and temporary password.

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After you sign in, you will be prompted to create a new password. Please enter your new password, confirm your new password, and press “Submit.”

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You will now be directed to Bloomberg Law.

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Download the instructions by clicking here, and as always, feel free to contact the library with any questions!

~Brian Trippodo~

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How to Find and Use the Library’s Catalog

Recently, we had one of our student workers scan through previous blog content and choose a few of the ones she found most helpful as a current Charlotte Law student.  We’ll be re-posting this content throughout the summer so it’s readily available to all of our incoming and returning students for Fall of 2015.  This post originally ran in January of 2015.

A recent student survey showed that many students do not know where to find the library’s catalog or how to use it. This blog post is a guide for using ENCORE, the name of the library’s catalog.

How to Find the Catalog

There are several ways to access the catalog.

1. The primary method for student access is to use the Bookmarks on the left side of the page when you log into OrgSync at orgsync.charlottelaw.edu.

catalog12. Another way, appropriate for external patrons such as our library members, is to use the new CSL website. Search for Charlotte School of Law or go to http://www.charlottelaw.edu/.  The library is located under the Academics drop down at the top of the page. There is a button for the catalog under the Search the Collection section.

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How to Use the Catalog
Charlotte School of Law’s online catalog called ENCORE has features that would be helpful for anyone doing research. Although the catalog has a Google-like search box, it also has an Advanced Search option.

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ENCORE supports a basic Boolean search. Searches can be done by Keyword, Title, Author, or Subject. Search limits include Format (Kit, Graphics, Audio CD or Cassette, DVD, EBook, Electronic, Maps, Microform, Printed Material, and Video Tape), Language (English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish), and Publication years. Below is a screen shot of the Advanced Search page.

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Some search tips:

  • An asterisk (*) can be used for right-hand truncation and as a wildcard within a search string. A question mark (?) can be used as a wildcard character, replacing a single letter within a word.
  • Use “and” or “or” or “not” to specify multiple words in any field, any order.
  • Keyword search results are grouped by relevance, bringing the top three most relevant titles to the top of the list. Then ENCORE brings up the top three most relevant articles.
  • If after looking at the results you are interested in a particular format, the different types are listed in the column on the left. The catalog also indicates how many of that type of format are in the catalog. For example, a search on Animal Law shows there are 14 Printed Materials (most often these are books).

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Electronic items can be opened on your computer. The entry for each Printed Material gives information on its availability, location in the library, and call number. For example, Careers in Animal Law is available, located in the Treatises section of the library at KF299.A55 E37 2011.

Because of partnerships between ENCORE and databases like HeinOnline, the search results include articles. HeinOnline is a legal database that contains the full text, PDF of legal documents from most major law reviews and journals. The top three most relevant articles come in this section. Clicking on the PDF button will get to the article.

Advanced features of ENCORE include a “My Research” account which can hold results. The discovery features include Did you mean? A Related Searches (Additional Suggestions) section appears at the bottom left of the search results to help with further searching.

Finally, there are links to other library services such as a form for suggesting purchases, new purchases, and a way to email comments.

If you have any questions about ENCORE, please contact any of the Reference Librarians at libreference@charlottelaw.edu or call 704-971-8573. We are always happy to help.

If you’d like to download a print copy of this post, click here: How to Find and Use the Library.

~Betty Thomas~

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