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Free Online Resources: Tax Season — Freedom of Information Act “FOIA” Electronic Reading Rooms Part 2: Internal Revenue Service IRS


Charlotte Law Library continues a series of blogs about FOIA Electronic Reading Rooms available for free on the web.

Before you make that FOIA request, check if the information is available in the FOIA Reading Rooms on the internet.  According to the FOIA Guide, “The Electronic FOIA amendments embodied a strong statutory preference that electronic availability be provided by agencies in the form of online, Internet access — which is most efficient for both agencies and the public alike — and this expectation has been met by the development of agency FOIA sites on the World Wide Web.  Under the Electronic FOIA amendments, all federal agencies have FOIA sites on the World Wide Web to serve this “electronic reading room” function, as well as for other FOIA-related purposes.  This is a matter of great and growing importance to the processes of FOIA administration.  Agencies of such size that they contain sub-agencies or major agency components that administer the FOIA on a decentralized basis and have their own Web sites may maintain multiple “electronic reading rooms,” so long as they are linked together clearly and efficiently for Web site users.”

Today we will look at the FOIA Electronic Reading Room for the Internal Revenue Service IRS, just in time for tax season!


Published Tax Guidance

Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRB)
Weekly compilations of Revenue Rulings, Revenue Procedures, Announcements, and Notices.
PDF format (1996 to present)
HTML format (July 7, 2003 to present)

Non-precedential Rulings & Advice

Frequently Requested Documents

There is much more available in the IRS FOIA Electronic Reading Room.  Check it out today!

Enjoy exploring this FOIA Electronic Reading Room and look for this symbol for future blogs on free online resources:


Come see us in the library for more resources in print and online.

~Mary Susan Lucas~

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How to Find and Use the Library’s Catalog

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

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  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.

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.


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.

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).


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 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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Important Announcement from Westlaw: Academic OnePass Password Change

Academic OnePass Password Change in 4 Easy Steps!

Upon signing on to OnePass, you may have noticed a prompt to change your password.  It only takes a few minutes! Just follow the steps below.  If you have questions, feel free to call us at our Support Number: 1-800-850-WEST (9378).

After attempting to sign on, a pop-up box will appear. Click Forgot My Password. This will take you directly to Step 2.

If the pop-up box should disappear, you can still reach the Forgot Password page by clicking the Forgot my username or password link on the Sign In page. This will take you to Step 1.

Select the I forgot my password button and then click the Next button.  If you do not know your username, click I forgot my username and password.

Enter your username and the email address associated with the OnePass profile and then click the Next button.

Answer the security question and then click the Next button. NOTE: An email with a temporary password will be sent to the email address associated with the
OnePass profile and is required for Step 4.

Enter your username and temporary password in the appropriate fields. Using the criteria listed under Password Requirements, create a new password and then enter it again in the Confirm New Password box.

To complete the process, click the Change and Return to Law School box.  You can now sign back on.

To download a PDF of instructions, complete with screenshots, click here: Academic OnePass Reset

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Westlaw Lawschool System Announcement and The West Education Network (TWEN) will be unavailable Saturday 12/27 through early Sunday 12/28 between the hours of 12:00 AM and 5:00 AM (CST) for essential maintenance. During this brief outage, you will still have access to WestlawNext at

This downtime includes TWEN and all associated modules. If you have an assignment deadline this coming weekend, please submit the completed assignment by 11:00 PM Saturday or after 5:00 AM Sunday, Central Time.

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Struggling with Bluebooking? Try this Free Online Resource for Help with Legal Citation!


Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (online ed. 2014) by Peter W. Martin

The author, Peter W. Martin, is a former Dean of Cornell Law School and currently the Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Emeritus at Cornell Law School.  Professor Martin also co-founded Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII) with Thomas R. Bruce in 1992.

Each chapter contains multiple illustrative examples and is cross-referenced to the relevant rules.  It also contains its own topical index and a detailed Table of Contents so it is useful to answer specific questions or to learn legal citation in a step-by-step way.

Check out the detailed Table of Contents and complete pdf here.

Prefer an e-book? How about an online version that is divided into chapters?  Try here.

The Kindle version is available for 99 cents!

If you prefer audio-visual assistance, review these free video tutorials:

  1. Citing Judicial Opinions … in Brief(8.5 minutes)
  2. Citing Constitutional and Statutory Provisions … in Brief(14 minutes)
  3. Citing Agency Material … in Brief(12 minutes)

Professor Martin also has a companion blog, Citing Legally.  He invites feedback and discourse so feel free to reach out to him.

~Mary Susan Lucas~

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