Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Finding Full-Text Electronic Articles

While Lexis and Westlaw carry many full-text journal articles, what happens if you need a pdf format that you can use to verify a citation for law review? Or your professor wants articles to carry the original pagination? The Westminster Law Library subscribes to many databases other than Westlaw and Lexis that include full-text versions of law and non-law journals. While the most popular database for pdf versions of law reviews is HeinOnline, we carry many other databases that might include those hard to locate journals, especially if it comes from a field outside of law.

We have created a resource called E-Journals that allows you to search for a particular journal title and that links to the databases and lists coverage dates. This can save you a lot of time and the effort needed to search each database individually for an item. The E-Journals link is located on the left side of the Library’s website under Research.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Youth and the Law from Colorado Courts

Use the following web resources from the Colorado State Judicial Branch for your next project relating to youth.

(1.) Click Lists of Laws and choose one of the following from the “Selected Laws” dropdown menu:

Review the full-text of laws cited within these categories in the Colorado Revised Statutes. At the top, click “Advanced Search” and at the next screen, click “Colorado Revised Statutes” in the left frame until it turns gray. Type the Colorado Revised Statute citation (e.g., 13-22-101) in the “containing this exact phrase” field and click SEARCH.

(2.) Translate specialized legal terms with the Glossary.

(3.) Use Links to websites by clicking on a category tab for each:


Landmark Cases - http://www.landmarkcases.org
Street Law - http://www.streetlaw.org
National Council for Social Studies - http://www.socialstudies.org
Constitutional Rights Foundation - http://www.crfc.org/lessons
Columbia Education Center - http://www.col-ed.org
Center for Civic Education - http://www.civiced.org


ABC News - http://abcnews.go.com
News and Newspapers Online - http://library.uncg.edu/news
CNN Student News - http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/fyi
National Public Radio - http://www.npr.org
Time for Kids - http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK
USA Today Education - http://www.usatodayeducate.com/wordpress


NCPC's Teens, Crime, and the Community Initiative - http://www.nationaltcc.org
U.S. Government Kids Corner - http://www.kids.gov
White House for Kids - http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Black History Month: Howard Jenkins, Jr.

In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to highlight the career of Howard Jenkins, Jr., a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Mr. Jenkins was the first African American on the National Labor Relations Board. He served under five presidents and wrote over 40,000 decisions and dissents during his tenure as he pursued his personal mission “to help them discover blacks in the industrial work force, and to get it firmly fixed in our national labor policy that discrimination on the basis of race or sex is an unfair labor practice.”

During his law school years (1938 – 1941) the law school was housed downtown over Mapelli’s Meat Market. It stayed in that location from 1926-1941. One of Jenkins' favorite law professors was Thompson Marsh, father to current professor Lucy Marsh, who taught at DU for 60 years.

Mr. Jenkins worked as a lawyer in Denver for several years before becoming a faculty member at Howard University Law School. He was appointed to several other government positions before beginning work on the NLRB. For more details on Mr. Jenkins career, please see the biography exhibit on our special collections page. The Penrose Library has a collection of his correspondence, papers, articles and speeches in their archives. Howard Jenkins died at the age of 87 on June 3, 2003 [obituary].

Historical photos about faculty, locations, students and special events related to the Sturm College of Law and the book Lawyers From Denver are just a sampling of items that can be found on our digital history website, created and maintained by the Westminster Law Library.

Monday, February 2, 2009

New DB: Environment and Energy Publishing

The Westminster Law Library recently added a new database called Environment & Energy Publishing to our collection. Environment and Energy Publishing provides coverage of environmental and energy politics and policies. The site offers daily updates, articles, videos and transcripts as well as specialized in-depth reports. The main coverage includes ClimateWire, Greenwire, E&E News and Land letter sections, each of which can be set up as an individual RSS feed or email alert. Access is available to anyone within the SCOL. Remote access via name and Banner id number is available to current students, faculty & staff only.

Environment & Energy Publishing can be found in our full list of databases, under the drop down menu for Environmental and Natural Resources, and with a link from the record in the library catalog. The Westminster Law Library provides access to more than 60 specialized research databases in addition to Westlaw & Lexis.