Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Special Hours for Passover Break, Reading Period and Finals

Here are the Gould Law Library Hours during the Passover break and Finals
Please note that these hours are for Touro Law Center Students only:

** Beginning Friday, April 4th, 2014, on Fridays, the Library will remain open as a study hall  until 6:30 p.m. for Touro Law Center Students only. These extended closing hours for the study hall period will remain in effect for Fridays until the end of Finals.

** During the Reading Period (April 17th to May 16th), Touro Law Center Students will have 24 hour access to the Library. The exceptions to the 24 hour access are:

1) Friday evenings - Saturday mornings, when the Library will close on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and will reopen on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.; and 

2) April 20 after 6:30 p.m. through April 22, when the library is closed for Passover (see below).

Students using the library during this time must sign in and out at security.

** Here are the Passover Break holiday hours (April 14th to April 22nd):

To always be up to date on our hours, please bookmark this link: Gould Law Library HoursBe sure to check our website and Facebook/Twitter posts for the most up-to-date information on our hours and availability!

We wish all of you that celebrate a happy and healthy Passover and Easter season.  Good luck on your finals!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

HeinOnline - Now with Fastcase!

There's been a new addition to the HeinOnline database that we want our users to know about: HeinOnline is newly partnered with Fastcase. In integrating the two platforms, users can research both law reviews and case law at the same time, using hyperlinks to navigate between the two.

For those of you who do not know, HeinOnline is an excellent resource that can be really helpful to use in any legal research project. Among its many databases, it has an extensive law review and legal journal database that provides the articles to you in PDFs, so you can view them as they were originally published in print. It also has a comprehensive database in which you can conduct historical New York legal research, both from a statutory and a case law perspective.

You can check out HeinOnline and its new partnership with Fastcase here. (Scroll down to HeinOnline and click on the link; the databases are in alphabetical order.) If you are off-campus, please sign into TLC web first before accessing our databases.

We’ll post again soon. In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Feb. 12th - Rescheduled Lexis Advance Training for 1Ls

Lexis Advance is offering training to our 1Ls. The training will review research techniques for students who are writing their briefs. The trainings all take place in the Library Computer Lab on the 3rd floor.

Due to the recent snowstorms and school closings, the trainings have been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 12th at the following times:
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Students should go to and sign into Lexis Advance in order to register for one of these trainings.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Want to Win a $25 Gift Card to iTunes? Winter 2014 Legal Trivia Contest Open!

Want to Win a $25 Gift Card to iTunes?

Enter the 2014 “Love and The Law” Gould Law Library Trivia Contest!

The Gould Law Library is offering all students a chance to win a $25 iTunes gift card!

To win, all you have to do is come to the Law Library Circulation Desk and pick up an official entry form. There are three legal trivia questions to answer. For every question correctly answered, your name will be entered as an official entry into a drawing. You only need to answer one question to enter, but if you answer all three, you get three entries to win! Each correct answer equals one entry. Even if submitting three entries, you only need to fill out the one form.

Return your entry to the Circulation Desk. The contest closes at 11:45 p.m. on February 13, 2014. On February 14, 2014, a winner will be selected by the Gould Law Library Staff through a lottery drawing of official entries. The prize awarded will be a $25 gift card to iTunes.

Entries may only be submitted by current law students of Touro Law Center. Employees and alumni of Touro Law Center, Friends of the Library, and guests are not eligible for entry.

Have fun! Good luck!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Year, New Resources – Touro’s SSRN Legal Studies E-Journal

We are so pleased to announce that Touro Law Center has launched a Law School Research Papers – Legal Studies series within the SSRN Legal Scholarship Network. Here is the official announcement, directly from the SSRN website:


We are pleased to announce Touro Law Center has started a Law School Research Papers - Legal Studies series within the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN).



Touro Law Center's ( outstanding faculty is comprised of approximately 50 full-time members who are actively engaged in research, making noteworthy contributions to legal scholarship and law reform. Touro Law Center's Legal Studies eJournal contains scholarship from this faculty. They bring talent and experience to the classroom as well as a genuine passion for, and commitment to, teaching, as well as to innovation in the training of future lawyers. They are uniquely dedicated to the success of the student body - priding themselves on their accessibility to students while creating an open and cooperative learning environment that is dynamic and enriching.

You can subscribe to the eJournal at no cost, by clicking on the "Subscribe" link listed above.

You can change your eJournal subscriptions by logging into
SSRN User HQ. If you have any problems, please contact us for assistance by email: or by phone: 877-SSRNHelp (877 777 6435) in the United States, or +1 585 442 8170 outside of the United States. We are open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30AM and 6:00PM, United States Eastern.

SSRN's searchable electronic library contains abstracts, full bibliographic data, and author contact information for more than 526,500 papers, more than 244,300 authors, and full text for more than 431,700 papers. The eLibrary can be accessed at

SSRN supports open access by allowing authors to upload papers to the eLibrary for free through the SSRN User HeadQuarters at, and by providing free downloading of those papers.

Downloads from the SSRN eLibrary in the past 12 months total more than 10.8 million, with more than 72.5 million downloads since inception.

Searching on an individual's name in the author field on our search page at provides the best single professional directory of scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Complete contact information for authors, including email, postal, telephone, and fax information, is available there.

SSRN's objective is to provide rapid, worldwide distribution of research to authors and their readers and to facilitate communication among them at the lowest possible cost. In pursuit of this objective, we allow authors to upload papers without charge. And, any paper an author uploads to SSRN is downloadable for free, worldwide.

The Legal Scholarship Network (LSN) distributes other eJournals. You can subscribe to these eJournals through the SSRN User HeadQuarters at

 Check back soon for our next blog post to highlight new resources for the new year.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Year, New Resources – Civil Rights

This week, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we are highlighting a few new books in our collection that address Dr. King’s work and the Civil Rights movement. These books focus on a range of issues and time spans, and they reflect just a few of the works on this important topic that we have available for our students, faculty, alumni, and friends.

Martin Luther King Jr. and The Morality Of Legal Practice : Lessons In Love And Justice (2013)
Author: Robert K. Vischer

This book addresses the work of attorneys in the context of one’s moral code, in comparison with how Martin Luther King Jr.’s work was premised on his own moral code.

Sharing The Prize : The Economics Of The Civil Rights Revolution In The American South (2013)
Author: Gavin Wright

The author, a Professor of American Economic History at Stanford University, delves into the economic impact of the civil rights movement upon the American South and the people who live and work there.

Ain't Scared Of Your Jail : Arrest, Imprisonment, and The Civil Rights Movement (2013)
Author: Zoe A. Colley

The author looks at the choice of civil rights organizations to use the strategy of deliberate imprisonment during the civil rights movement and the effectiveness of the strategy in bringing attention to the cause.

Civil Rights In The Shadow Of Slavery : The Constitution, Common Law, And The Civil Rights Act Of 1866 (2013)
Author: George Rutherglen

The discussion in this book centers upon the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 within its historical context, and to where the road of jurisprudence that evolved from that Act has led us, as a nation, in the present day.

We’ll post about more new resources for the new year soon.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Semester, New Resources

Welcome back to a new spring semester! Here at the Gould Law Library, we are ready to welcome you back to a new semester filled with promise. As the new semester begins, we thought we would share some new resources, or some ideas about resources to try anew.

This Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the New York State Court of Appeals will be hearing oral argument on two criminal case appeals. Oral argument begins at approximately 2:45 p.m. For all of you interested in practicing criminal law, this is one oral argument you do not want to miss. The two cases being argued are People v. Thomas and People v. Aveni, and both address the issue of the constitutional limits to which a police officer can deceive a suspect in order to secure a confession. You can read more about these cases and this issue here. (If you are off – campus, please log into TLC Web to view.)

You can also read the briefs filed by the parties and the amicus curiae by using this search engine, which is available to the public for free: (Searching by party name will bring up the docket and filed documents for the case.)

Better yet - you don’t have to be in Albany to see the oral argument! Did you know that you can view oral arguments live, via Windows Media Player, at the New York State Court of Appeals website? Visit here: and click on this link:

You can also view past webcasts of recent oral arguments before the Court at the same link.

We’ll post again soon with some more resources.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.