Thursday, September 25, 2008

Another Expert Legal Research Source

Fundamentals of Legal Research (8th edition) by Roy M. Mersky and Donald J. Dunn is another weapon in the arsenal of the advanced legal researcher. This volume is used regularly by the professional reference librarians at the Gould Law Library. The guide provides very detailed assistance in locating legislative history, international law, and administrative law, along with the expected cases, statutues, and constitutions. Ask for a Reserve copy at the library's circulation desk. The call number is KF240 .J32 2002.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Westlaw and LexisNexis Training for First-Year Law Students

Westlaw training for first-year law students begins on Sunday morning, September 21. Sign onto Westlaw with your personal ID and password (which you created with the activation code distributed during orientation). Then click on "Training Calendar" under the heading "Support" next to the photo of Adriana Mark, our Westlaw representative. Multiple times are available to accommodate your busy schedules. Remember to sign the attendance sheet at your session so that your Legal Process professor knows that you attended a mandatory session.

LexisNexis group training sessions ended on this Friday. To schedule a make-up session, contact our LexisNexis representative, Natasha Dasani. Just sign onto Lexis Nexis using your personal ID and password (which you created with the activation code distributed during orientation). Then, click on "My School." The contact information for Natasha will appear on the screen.

Links to the law school portals of Westlaw and LexisNexis are available on the library's homepage at The law school portals will take you directly to the information you need as a law student researcher. You may wish to bookmark the library's web page or to place an icon on your desktop for easy access. Happy searching!

Friday, September 12, 2008

New York Legal Research: An Expert Tip

Do you have a question about New York legislative history? New York administrative decisions? Other hard-to-find New York legal minutiae? The experts consult Gibson’s New York Legal Research Guide (3d edition, 2004) by William H. Manz. First published in 1988, this book contains instructions for locating myriad types of New York legal information, supplemented with historical background. The Gould Law Library has copies on Reserve at KFN5074 .G53 2004. Also, remember to utilize our web page of helpful links to New York legal information at

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Reference Office Implements Meebo Chat

The Reference Office recently has implemented Meebo chat, a new way for Touro law students and faculty to ask reference librarians for assistance with research projects. Visit the library's homepage at Click on the link labeled "Chat with the Reference Staff." Then, type your query into the Meebo chat box. Reference queries will be answered through Meebo during regular reference hours. If the reference staff is unavailable, feel free to contact us by email at The next librarian on duty will respond to your question. Similarly, you may reach the Reference Office at 631.761.7160.