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The Competitive Edge is the blog of the Cornell Law Library, dedicated to the advancement of legal research, scholarship, and education among Cornell Law students, faculty, and the transnational research community.

Scholarship@Cornell Law, the Cornell Law Library’s digital repository, is celebrating its one millionth download.Taking place on October 29, the one-millionth download was Professor Cynthia Grant Bowman’s article “Street Harassment and the Informal Ghettoization of Women” which originally appeared in the Harvard Law Review in January of 1993.

“It is very gratifying to see our repository reach the milestone of 1 million downloads,” said Associate Director for Information Management Jean Pajerek. “We have watched the download count accelerate significantly over the past year, as we have made more and more content available. We expect this trend to continue, expanding the global reach of our faculty’s scholarship.”

The library recently added the archives of the Cornell Law Review, and will soon be adding the Cornell International Law Journal and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy to its collections.  Cornell joins institutions such as Yale, Duke, UC Berkeley, Washington and Lee, Boston College and William and Mary among others to reach the one-million download milestone.

Scholarship@Cornell Law provides open, global access to the scholarship of Cornell Law School faculty, students, and visiting scholars. It features nearly 4,000 publications of current and past faculty, law journals as well as other historical and intellectual output relating to the law school and received over 250,000 downloads in 2014 alone.

 

Every month the Cornell Law Library adds new titles to its collection. The most recent additions for November 2014 are posted, here. A few highlights from this month’s additions are featured below.

Emotions, Decision-Making and Mass Atrocities: Through the Lens of the Macro-Micro Integrated Theoretical Model – Olaoluwa Olusanya

emotions, decision-making

Intellectual Property, Indigenous People and Their Knowledge – Peter Drahos

intellectual property

Religious Offence and Human Rights: The Implications of Defamation of Religions – Lorenz Langer

relegious offence

Check out everything the Law Library has been up to over the last year by clicking on the report image below!

Annual Report 2013-2014

Election day is right around the corner and if you’re a political junky like we are then we’ve got the toy for you.

Voxgov analyzes and aggregates millions of files of government news and media allowing you to track issues, people or just about anything else produced by the federal government including policy statements, press releases and even social media posts. Right now they have a special section devoted to the midterms, allowing you to track, analyze and compare the media output of every House and Senate race this cycle.

Also, be sure to check out our other congressional and political resources at this research guide, where you’ll find a trove of powerful tools that can make any legislative or political research project a much smoother and comprehensive process.

We have a few new services available at the Circulation Desk, to be aware of.

  • The Law Library now offers battery recycling.  Dispose of your batteries the environmentally friendly way by bringing your old batteries to the Circulation Desk.  Patrons are advised that the ends need to be taped or each battery should be placed in a separate bag to prevent problems arising from the ends touching and producing a chemical reaction.
  • We now also offer umbrellas that can be returned to any library on campus, in addition to many umbrellas that can be checked out exclusively from the law library.  The umbrellas have a 24 hour loan period.

To find out more about all the items that can be checked out at the Circulation Desk, including everything from iPads to volleyball nets visit the Cool Stuff page of our website.

walkingdeadFall means television season is back in full swing and few shows capture people’s interest like AMC’s The Walking Dead, which started its fifth season earlier this month.

The Law Library DVD collection boasts all four previous seasons of the show available for a seven day checkout period to allow plenty of time for quality binge-watching. So whether you want to catch up in time follow this season, or you’re just in the mood for zombies, we’ve got you covered!

Every month the Cornell Law Library adds new titles to its collection. The most recent additions for October 2014 are posted, here. A few highlights from this month’s additions are featured below.

Legally Married: Love and Law in the UK and the US – Scot Peterson; Ian McLean

legally married

A Report on Ubuntu – Leonhard Praeg

ubuntu

Renewable Energy Law and Development – Richard L. Ottinger

renewable

The Law Library will have reduced hours during fall break from October 11 -17.

Monday – Friday:   8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reference Hours:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Weekends:             Closed

The start of the new Supreme Court term was dominated more by what the Court didn’t do, than what it did. Still, there are plenty of cases to track and we’ve rounded up a few previews and other SCOTUS-watching resources to help you follow along.

  • LII Supreme Court Bulletin - Cornell’s Legal Information Institute provides previews of the 2014-2015 term with commentary on upcoming individual cases.
  • The American Bar Association has an aptly titled publication called Preview that provides analysis of the term and also provides copies of all available briefs.
  • PBS does a great job of covering the Court, posting both articles and commentary from the Newshour.
  • SCOTUSblog – considered one of the premier destinations for up to date information and analysis.
  • For many years, Nina Totenberg has been recognized for her coverage of the Court. Follow her on Twitter at @NinaTotenberg.
  • Jeffrey Toobin’s commentary can be found on a variety of platforms and does much of his Court writing for the New Yorker.

 

We’re having a book sale next week! The law library occasionally gets extra copies of books and in order to make room for new titles we pass them on to you at the unbeatable price of $1. We’ll be adding titles as the sale goes along so stop by the Reading Room next week and take advantage!

book sale 2014

 

 

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