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April 14, 2011

Statistical Abstract & Supplemental Products to be Terminated

The US Census Bureau has officially announced the termination of the Statistical Abstract of the United States and its supplemental products: USA Counties, State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, County and City Data Book, State and County Quick Facts, and MapStats.

This is a sad, sad day. The Statistical Abstract and its supplements have been wonderful sources of governmental, demographic, and economic statistics. It is a shame to see them fall under the budget ax.

April 12, 2011

Interesting & Unusual Case Titles

A recent Texas Bar Journal article had me laughing out loud at the reference desk this morning (which earned me some strange looks from our patrons). The article reviews interesting and unusual case titles from across the country.

Some of the more colorful titles include:

Source: Moritz Legal Information Blog

Celebrate National Library Week at the UW Law Library

Stop by the Law Library this week and help us celebrate National Library Week!
For our celebration this year, we have put together a number of activities including a book drive, Bluebooking workshop, and, of course, our faculty READ poster.

  • READ Poster
    View this year's poster featuring Meg Gaines
    - On display inside the library entrance on the 5th floor
    - View posters from previous years on our Facebook page

  • Give a Book
    Donate gently-used recreational books to help the Dane Co. Legal Resource Center purchase a subscription to Shepards for pro se patrons
    - All week on the 5th floor

  • Workshop - Bluebooking Tips for the Journal Write-On and Beyond
    Students will learn how to efficiently navigate the Bluebook to create and interpret legal citations
    - Wed., April 13th at 12:25 pm in Rm 5229
    - Fri., April 15th at 11:00 am in Rm 3253

April 5, 2011

Does Open Access Publication Generate More Readership & Citations?

Will publishing your work in an open access publication generate more readership and citations? Yes and no, according to a Cornell University study.

Using a sample of open access journals in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, the authors found that such articles received significantly more downloads and reached a broader audience within the first year, yet were cited no more frequently, nor earlier, than subscription-access control articles within 3 years.

Full cite: Open access, readership, citations: a randomized controlled trial of scientific journal publishing, Philip M. Davis, Department of Communication, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Hat tip to beSpacific

Moving Data from MS Word to Excel

Have you ever wanted to transfer data from a MS Word document into a spreadsheet?

3 Geeks and a Law Blog shares a couple of tricks to help you make the transition without having to manually re-type the data.