Blog Posts: David R. Hansen (Dave)

David R. Hansen (Dave)

An Update on SSRN – Ownership and Copyright Policies

As many of you have probably heard, over the summer SSRN underwent some major changes in ownership (it was purchased by Elsevier). We have also seen some apparent changes in enforcement of its copyright policy. Since SSRN is such a major part of the way we communicate our scholarship, we in the law library wanted to initiate a conversation about what these SSRN changes mean for finding, accessing, and preserving UNC Law faculty scholarship. To help do that we have put together this blog post that summarizes some of the changes to SSRN.


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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Wed. August 24, 2016 11:45 AM
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Online Access to North Carolina Case Law, 1778-present

Some good news for North Carolina legal researchers! Over the last few months, the full set of North Carolina case law, from 1778 to present, has been posted online and is available for free to anyone who wants access. Access is available through a number of websites, none of which require any subscription or even registration.  You can find PDF copies of the North Carolina Reports (primarily North Carolina Supreme Court cases) through the  Office of North Carolina Appellate Reporter ncgovdocs.org , and through  HathiTrust .  The North Carolina Court of Appeals Reports are available through the  Office of North Carolina Appellate Reporter  and through  ncgovdocs.org.  
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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Wed. December 9, 2015 2:59 PM
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Trademark Navigator and other Practical Legal Research Tools

One way that the law library provides support for practical legal education efforts is by acquiring resources that are tailored to our school’s practical experiences for students. Just this past week we purchased access to a new looseleaf-like tool by CCH called Trademark Navigator, in support of our new Intellectual Property Clinic, taught by trademark attorney Devon White. Trademark Navigator, similar to other CCH looseleaf-like products available through CCH Intelliconnect, combines in one place all relevant primary law, expert analysis and explanation, and practical tools such as checklists, client forms and letters, and other tools that help streamline trademark representation.


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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Fri. July 10, 2015 12:50 PM
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Lex Machina - Legal Analytics for Intellectual Property Litigation

If you’re interested in empirical IP research, check out Lex Machina, a product of Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics. Lex machina (which offers free accounts for law school academic users) offers a suite of legal analytic tools for federal IP litigation, helping law firm users to understand how to craft motions, proceed with claims, and what to expect in terms of timing of the resolution of a case. For academic uses, Lex Machina offers a huge, structured dataset of IP filings drawn from the Federal Courts, USPTO, and elsewhere.


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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Tue. May 5, 2015 10:22 AM
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New Bloomberg Law Additions - Bankruptcy Treatise with Real-time Updates

Recently we received an update from Bloomberg on some noteworthy new and innovative additions to the database. One is Bloomberg’s new online-only Bankruptcy Treatise, available on Bloomberg Law through the main tabs under Practice Centers >> Bankruptcy. Long in the making, the new treatise is designed to compete with more established works; Bloomberg advertises it as having over 600 chapters and 13,000 pages of analysis—similar in size to West’s mainstay, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3d. But what's most notable and innovative about Bloomberg’s new Bankruptcy Treatise is the way the treatise is created and updated: according to Bloomberg, this is done “in real time,” with a team of editors constantly updating the treatise to reflect recent changes in law.


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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Thu. December 18, 2014 10:01 AM
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Open Access Law - Historical US Materials Through HeinOnline

The Law Library of Congress recently made an important announcement about a partnership that they have struck with legal publisher and database provider HeinOnline to provide free public access to historical U.S. primary legal materials, including the U.S. Code, U.S. Reports, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register.


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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Tue. October 21, 2014 10:39 AM
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Open Access Week at UNC

October 20-26 marks the seventh annual celebration of Open Access Week, observed by organizations around the world who have as their mission to make information more available--especially scholarly research and data that can have important impacts on the real world. This week UNC Libraries is sponsoring three events, on scholarly communications and copyright, open access for graduate students, and open data.


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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Tue. October 21, 2014 10:20 AM
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Changes to Online Access to Federal Court Records

Last week PACER (the federal judiciary’s “Public Access to Court Electronic Records” system) made some big news by announcing that it was disabling online access to selected court records for several Circuit Courts of Appeal (and one bankruptcy court). The full announcement is available through the PACER website.


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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Wed. September 3, 2014 10:42 AM
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Westlaw Digital Study Aids

This year the law library is conducting a one-year pilot project to provide students with digital study aids through Westlaw, which includes a wide variety of popular titles, including Nutshells and Concise Hornbook series titles. Students and faculty can access Westlaw Digital Study Aids by logging on with their Westlaw username and password.


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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Wed. August 20, 2014 12:10 PM
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Unravel the Law

One of the most challenging aspects of legal research is understanding the relationship between cases and the ideas represented in those cases as they develop over time. Ravel--a Silicon Valley legal information start-up--provides a new way to visualize and understand caselaw.


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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Tue. June 17, 2014 8:48 AM
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