may have noticed that our online catalog, GAVEL, has a brand new
interface. The GAVEL main screen has been simplified to highlight four
of the most popular types of searches:
Keyword search links directly to GAVEL's Encore
discovery platform. Encore provides facets and tag clouds which allow
you to focus your search by format, subject headings, language, and
Other Search Options provide links to "classic" GAVEL and such traditional searches as title, author, subject and call number.
Course Reserves may be searched by course name or instructor name.
Expand Your Search allows you to run a single
search across several databases. In one search, you can search GAVEL,
LegalTrac, HeinOnline, Google and many other research resources.
In addition to these four popular searches, the right navigation
contains links to additional searches and resources. The right
navigation remains constant throughout all of your GAVEL searching. No
matter where you are, you can always find these items on the right side
of your screen.
We hope you enjoy the new fresh look of GAVEL and that the changes increase your productivity
FDsys: Improved Access to Federal Documents
The Government Printing Office (GPO) embarked on a massive project to
centralize and improve its provision of electronic access to
Congressional and Federal Agency information early this century. This
project, known as the Federal Digital System (FDsys), aims to offer a
system for electronic transfer of information to GPO for publication, a
means to verify and authenticate all information it offers online, and
a plan to ensure permanent, public access to government information
even as technology changes.
The migration of existing electronic files to this new system is near
completion. Nearly twenty collections now appear in FDsys, including
Compilation of Presidential Documents (1993 - ), Congressional Bills
(103rd Congress - ), Congressional Hearings (105th Congress - ), and
Federal Register (1994 - ). A full list is available at
If you are familiar with the earlier electronic system, GPO Access, you
will be wonderfully surprized at how well the search function of FDsys
works. In addtion, each collection is also browsable. There are
telescoping lists that expand two or three levels down to the document
level. Most documents are available in either text format or PDF.
FDsys has taken many years to establish. It was worth the wait.
Lunch-n-Learn with the Law Library: Diving into Library Databases
Starting the research for your seminar paper, journal note or writing requirement? Special Collections Librarian Sharon Bradley will provide tips on using the Law Library's databases.
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 12:30 - 1:00pm
Where: Classroom A
We'll provide the pizza - you bring a beverage!
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the newsletter by random drawing. Please note that those of the feline,
equine, porcine, avian, etc. persuasion are eligible as
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