Sunday, August 30, 2009

The federal government's flu Web site is an excellent resource as the flu season approaches. Stay updated with their RSS feed or look at state specific information.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


For those interested in the environment, Environment21 is a blog published by the University of Denver that focuses on environmental and natural resources issues.

Thanks to Hearsay.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Edward (Ted) M. Kennedy

Read the article in the Boston Globe to find out the latest on Senator Kennedy's funeral and visit his memorial Web site.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Download the New OCU LAW Library Toolbar Now

Download the OCU Law Library Web Browser Toolbar at: It works in Firefox and Internet Explorer. With the toolbar you can quickly search the law library catalog and other law related databases, access law library databases, frequently used parts of the law library website, or submit a reference question with one click.

For more information about the toolbar visit:

Monday, August 24, 2009


NARA (The National Archives) launched its blog, NARAtions, in August 2009. Topics covered include historical records, research, and online access to documents located at the Archives.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Simple Tech Tips

In the August 2009 edition of Law Practice Today, Thomas W. Shumate outlines some simple steps to avoid common tech mistakes.

Thanks to Slaw.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Internet Advocates' Watchlist for Ugly Laws has compiled its August 2009 list of top 10 "reckless and misguided" laws in the U.S.

Thanks to beSpacific.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Facebook Gets Sued Again

According to the WSJ Law Blog, Facebook is being sued in California. The plaintiffs' gripes include improper uploading of pictures, changing the terms of service without consent, and accessing personal pages without consent.

Thanks to the WSJ Law Blog.

Monday, August 17, 2009

TechCrunch's 35 Best iPhone Apps for 2009

With plenty of 2009 still to go, TechCrunch released its list of 35 Best iPhone Apps for 2009 (So Far).

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Upgrade to RECAP

If you use Pacer, the electronic public access system for U.S. Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts, you will want to download RECAP. It is billed as a Firefox extension that will help you "give back, save money, and keep you organized."

Thanks to Barco 2.0.

Friday, August 14, 2009

OKC Highlights

If you are new in town, welcome. You probably will not have much time to enjoy the sights once classes start, but below are some suggestions if you need a break or have out-of-town guests.

Cattlemen's Steakhouse is a well-known restaurant located in Stockyards City.

Bricktown has a variety of restaurants to please many palates.

The Asian District is right down the street and has its share of good places to eat.

If you want to know more about Oklahoma, visit the History Center.

The Cowboy Museum is world famous for its unique collection.

The OKC Art Museum offers movies as well as art.

Watch OKC's own NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Oklahoma City RedHawks are the local baseball team.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Old Tweets

Can you access old Twitter postings? According to an article by Sarah Perez, tweets have a searchable life expectancy of about a week and a half. Happily, Marshall Kirkpatrick has outlined how to archive those tweets in Google Reader.

Thanks to Slaw.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Supreme Court Database

While still in beta, this free database offers researchers and others a plethora of information about U.S. Supreme Court cases. One of the features includes the ability to set one's own specific search parameters such as issues, legal provisions, or type of decision.

Thanks to CM Law Library Blog.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Welcome (Back) to the Law Library

1L students Welcome to OCU and the Law Library. We enjoyed seeing you at orientation. Currently on display, across from the Circulation Desk, are a number of resources designed to help you transition successfully into Law School.

Returning Law Students, you may notice that over the summer there have been significant changes in the Reference Wing as well as on every floor of the library. There have also been significant changes in our circulation staffing. We will certainly miss Jim Gettys, but we are glad to welcome Emily Brown, the new Circulation Librarian, and Jenny Rempel, a new daytime Circulation Assistant. Emily Brown received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and Jenny Rempel anticipates completion of M.L.I.S. degree requirements at the University of Oklahoma in December 2009.

Young Lawyers Blog

Written by a team of newly-minted attorneys, this blog delves into the unique issues faced by lawyers just beginning their practice.

Thanks to the National Law Journal.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Legal Analysis Materials for 1Ls

First year students should have received Westlaw passwords and instructions regarding how to register for the Legal Analysis class via email. If you have not received an email message, please contact the Law Library Reference Office. Once you have registered for the Legal Analysis TWEN course, you may access additional information and readings on the TWEN course site.

Please note that you should have reviewed the syllabus and have completed the appropriate reading before the first day of class.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Online Child Support Calculator

Oklahoma DHS now has an online child support calculator available. To find out more about the recent changes in child support click here.

Thanks to OBA's email newsletter.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Got grit?

According to an article in the Boston Globe, grit plays a role in helping people achieve their goals. A researcher at the University of Pennsylvania has developed a survey to study the nature of grit. So, the next time you experience a challenge, ask yourself if you've got the grit to overcome it.

Thanks to Out of the Jungle.

Monday, August 3, 2009


Want to find out which government employees are tweeting? GovTwit is an easy and searchable resource that will let you find out who is tweeting.

Thanks to beSpacific.