Monday, March 31, 2003

Did you know that the Supreme Court Today component of Law Week is a searchable database, with daily updates, allowing users to view the status of and search summaries of certiorari petitions filed since the 1995 October Term? The database also contains the full text of Supreme Court opinions, oral argument schedules, selected oral argument summaries, annual reviews of the Court's decisions, and more. To get there from the Law Library's web page, click on the link for Research Databases. This will give you an alphabetical list of databases to which the library subscribes. Scroll down to BNA and select U.S. Law Week from the drop-down menu. (If you are accessing the database from off-campus, you'll need to enter your last name and bar code in order to access the database.) Once you've accessed the U.S. Law Week page, you can select the link for Supreme Court Today.

Friday, March 28, 2003

An initial background document for the University's strategic planning process is on reserve at the Law Library. The document, prepared by Higher Education Executive Associates, is entitled, Positioning for the Future: Creating a Shared Vision. Ask at the circulation desk for University of Baltimore Planning Document. A University of Baltimore ID card will be required to obtain the document.

AskUsNow! serves the information needs of Maryland residents and students of academic institutions through a partnership of Maryland public, academic, and special libraries. It's a 24/7 live online interactive service.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

It turns out that you can get census data for censuses from 1790 to 1960. Want to know the population in 1790? Or maybe the slaveholding population? Or maybe the population of slaveholders who are themselves black? Or of Jews? By state? And by county? Or maybe literacy rates in various states in 1900? Or the number of people born in China, or in Russia? Just go to the United States Historical Census Data Browser.

The questions varied from census to census, so information that's available for one decade may not be available for others.

In a 5 to 4 ruling, the Supreme Court upholds a method used by all 50 states and the District of Columbia to provide financial support to programs that offer free legal services to the poor.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

The Maryland Senate okays a limited medical marijuana bill.

Did you know that you can renew library materials in the library's new online system yourself by clicking on the "My Account" link?

For those of you who missed the live perfomance, you can watch a videotape of Legal Reference on the Cheap. You can check the tape out at the circulation desk.