Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Reading Case Citations Reminder

There is a paralegal assignment floating about which requires the students to find a case and then brief it. The student I helped did not know how to read the case citation he was given, so in case you have this problem with other students, here's a reminder:

308 N.J. Super. 59 (App. Div.)

The first number (308) is the volume number.

The N.J. Super tells you which set of reporters to look in.
  • N.J. Super. = New Jersey Superior Court Reporters (green books)
  • N.J. = New Jersey Reports (Supreme court reporters, beige)
  • U.S. = U.S. Supreme Court reporters (black)

The second number is the page number on which the case can be found. (The stuff in parenthesis is unimportant when looking up the case.)

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Concept Map in Credo Reference

Has anyone else tried the Concept Map feature in Credo Reference? I just discovered it! I'm going to use it with the Academy (high school) students, but it could be a useful tool for getting students thinking about keywords and how ideas are connected.

From the Credo main search screen, you can select the tab Concept Search. Enter a general keyword, and the database generates a map of related keywords derived from entries in the database. Way cool!
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Occasionally a public patron will request bibliographic information for older books, including out-of-print ones . Recently, I found these 3 sites useful:
Books In Print
Google Books
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Monday, February 15, 2010


I decided to consolidate the many Google accounts I had to one gmail account and in doing so deleted the old accounts. It appears that I have deleted the account which was the Admin for this blog. Did I give anyone else Admin rights? If you have them, you should be able to go to Settings, then Permissions, and see a list of everyone who has Author rights on the blog. If you have this, can you please add me back as an Admin?? :o) If not, we can all still write to the blog but won't be able to add new people. For the amount we use it, that should be ok. Sorry!
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Friday, February 12, 2010

JSTOR for Nursing Articles

Thanks to Nan for this:

While fielding some nursing assignments today, I found the most relevant articles were in what I consider an unlikely place -- JSTOR! You may want to add this to your battery of "viable alternatives" if you have exhausted all the traditional sources...Nan

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mastering Math Series in Safari

I just discovered a series of books in Safari Online Books for "Mastering Math". There is a book for each topic:

Basic Math & Pre-Algebra

It appears they are not yet in the catalog, but we do have access through Safari. Just something to keep in mind in case we get those random questions about Math texts!
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