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July 18, 2013

iPad and iPhone Apps for Productivity and Fun

I recently gave a presentation on iPad and iPhone apps at the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting in Seattle. I demonstrated a number of different work and life productivity apps.

I'm sharing the handout that I prepared because I thought that some of you may also be interested in these apps.

The list contains apps for creating and managing documents, travel apps, an on-the-fly language translator (great for international travelers), an app that eliminates hold times for customer service, and much more - even an app that tells you the best time to take a bathroom break at the movies. Most are free and others are available for a small cost.

For more mobile apps, see our UW Law Library guides:

July 9, 2013

Hein Online and Fastcase announce partnership

Two of the biggest names in the legal database and publishing world recently announced that they would be partnering up to expand the scope of services that they offer to their customers. Hein Online and Fastcase will allow each other to integrate services that will enhance the experience that users will receive. The integrated libraries will be available at the end of the Summer.

Hein Online will now offer federal and state law that will be connected via inline hyperlinks that will be powered by Fastcase. Authority Check, a citation analysis tool that was developed by Fastcase will also be available to Hein Online subscribers. One element of Authority Check that may be heavily utilized is the "Bad Law Bot", which will allow Hein Online users to identify negative citation history. These additions all come to Hein Online subscribers at no addtional cost.

Fastcase users will gain access to a wide range of Hein Online's library, ranging from Session Laws to Hein's extensive Law Journal Library. Hein's large collection of Law journals (more than 1,800 unique journals) is the first secondary material that has been added into the Fastcase Legal Research Service. Fastcase users will be able to view Hein's search results and abstracts for free, and will have subscription options for viewing full articles.

Overall, this collaboration will be a great boon to researchers using either service. Hein is enhanced with greater primary law and citation analysis, while Fastcase gains one of the greatest collections of Law Journals that have been assembled. For more information, check out the joint press release from Fastcase and Hein Online that was released today.

July 2, 2013

Hear Ye, OYEZ to cover State Supreme Courts

OYEZ, the website long known for its coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, plans to expand access to the proceedings of State Supreme Courts.

Through a grant from the Open Government project sponsored by the Knight Foundation, the OYEZ Project will enlarge its free online archive of transcripts, audio recordings, news and analysis of court proceedings and decisions.

The plan is to begin with five states: California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas and grow from there.

This expansion is in keeping with OYEZ's longstanding mission of promoting transparency and open government.

Another article about OYEZ's planned expansion may be viewed on the National Law Journal website.

Post by Eric Taylor, UW Law Library