It is easy to rely only on Westlaw and LexisNexis in law school but there are many many more resources available. Below are three useful, yet overlooked resources that can give you the edge in preparing for class or for practice.
What is it?
The UNH Law Library Catalog - MELCat
Why do I need it? Quickly and easily find out if the library owns the book, journal, or electronic resources that you need. There are tens of thousands of resources (both print and electronic) waiting for you and the catalog’s Google style search will assist you in finding the best information.
Remember that many electronic resources found on neither Westlaw nor LexisNexis are found in the catalog. And don’t forget about course reserve books
, suggesting a purchase
, and viewing your record
(find out what items you have checked out , when they are due, and renew some items online.)
Why do I need it? Martindale.com is a free directory of lawyers. You can search for Franklin Pierce alumni practicing in the area, research who works in a firm or agency, and find out what a firm’s specialties.
Anything else? The free version is great but both Westlaw and LexisNexis (publishers of Martindale.com) also offer services available exclusively to law students. Check out these guides when logged into Westlaw or LexisNexis.
Why do I need it?
“Determine at a glance which of the myriad decisions handed down each week carry the most potential for impact. BNA lawyer-editors sift through thousands of federal and state court and administrative cases, to select and summarize those that establish new precedents, address new statutes, contribute to emerging legal doctrines, tackle current controversies, or further splits in the Circuits.” About U.S. Law Week
Anything else? Students, faculty and staff can sign up for email delivery.
September 2010 Update: UNH Law Library no longer subscribes to US Law Week online.