Gettysburg AddressDuring the first three days of July 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.  President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Gettysburg Civil War Cemetery on this day, November 19, 1863.  Famously, Lincoln drafted his speech on the back of an envelope on the train ride to Pennsylvania.  He later wrote out five copies of the text, one of which is in the Cornell University Library archives.

Cornell’s copy of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is one of five known copies in Lincoln’s hand, and the only copy owned by a private institution. The other four copies are owned by public institutions: two at the Library of Congress, one at the Illinois State Historical Library, and one in the Lincoln Room at the White House.

May your career in law be dedicated to the proposition “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Roubini logoCornell has joined the Roubini Global Economics University Program to provide faculty and students with access to what The Economist magazine dubbed “the world’s most important economic website.” This provides you with RGE’s rich and timely research and analysis and unique understanding of the modern global economy.  RGE provides insight into macroeconomic developments along with citations and readings which act as pathways for scholars, policymakers and future business leaders who need to pursue their ideas to the next level.  Features include:

  • Critical Issues: Identifies key questions essential to the research process, seeking out viewpoints beyond the consensus
  •  Economic Research/RGE Analysis: Deep-dive analysis into factors driving global finance developed internally by a team of 40+ economists
  • EconoMonitors: Blog posts by Nouriel Roubini, RGE Analysts and an outside network of top independent contributors in global economics
  • Daily Digest: Timely coverage of developments that are shaping global markets right now
  • RGE Partner Content: Reports and white papers sourced from leading economic think tanks and world-recognized economic organizations.

At the Roubini website you will be invited to register for a personal account.  From off campus, access Roubini using the library catalog link – http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/7060771.  Hat tip to Donald Schnedeker, Librarian at Cornell School of Hotel Administration, for this information.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report last month entitled Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress, identifying the potential effects of climate change that Congress should take into consideration.  Some of the issues raised may surprise you; the report is worth a look.

Getting the Deal ThroughWant to know about corporate governance in Russia? Or copyright in Italy? Use our new database called Getting the Deal Through. The database is an online version of a series of books dealing with business issues in 43 areas of law, such as e-commerce, anti-corruption regulation, product liability and securities. Information is conveyed in a Q&A format written by practitioners in each country. You can compare information on specific topics across 100 or so jurisdictions or browse all the Q&As on a topic in your selected jurisdiction. The Q&As are written in a straightforward style which makes this comparative law resource an easy read. You can find “Getting the Deal Through” in the Corporate and Securities link in our collection of Online Legal Resources.

Plan AheadA research attorney is available at the reference desk every weekend the library is open on Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  No reference help is available on Sundays.  If you are doing research for a paper this semester, you may find a research attorney’s guidance very helpful in finding resources that are difficult or seemingly impossible to locate.  We don’t want you to be disappointed if you show up on Sunday looking for help.  Research attorneys are also available to assist you at the reference desk from 9am-5pm Mondays through Fridays.  You may contact any of the research attorneys via e-mail with a question or to make an appointment.  Make A Plan – Work Your Plan – Get It Done!

Iantha Haight teachingHaving top notch skills is invaluable in today’s job market, so the law librarians are offering three courses in the spring semester to help you hone those skills:

Business Law Research and Online Legal Research: Free Sources meet for just 6 ½ weeks at the beginning of the semester.  International and Foreign Legal Research meets all semester.  You can read full descriptions and contact the course instructor for more information to help you make your choice.  See why so many law students say their advanced legal research course was the most practical course they had in law school!

Matthew Benner, a 3L, is the winner of the Halloween Research Competition!  Matthew’s prize is a $25 gift card for the Cornell Store.  Congratulations goes out to everyone who found the correct answer, Hayward v. Carraway, 180 So. 2d 758 (La. Ct. App. 1965).  And the moral of the case is…just because a house is abandoned and haunted, doesn’t mean you can break into it with impunity (shocking, I know)!

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