Blog Posts: Melissa M. Hyland

Melissa M. Hyland

Researching Federal Tax Law – Specialized Databases Available to UNC Law Students

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a tax attorney? Taking Income Taxation or one of the advanced tax law classes at UNC Law? If so, this blog post outlines the specialized legal research databases available to you as a UNC Law student. Be sure to familiarize yourself with how these databases operate and what specific resources each has to offer, as you will likely see them again when in practice!


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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Thu. March 4, 2021 10:00 AM
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Using Legislative History to Learn About Past Presidential Inaugurations

Inauguration Day ceremonies are typically marked by a variety of traditions, including the administration of the presidential oath of office and a speech given by the newly inaugurated President. While presidential speeches from these ceremonies are widely available, few records contain descriptions of the day itself. Who else made speeches, and what did they have to say? What was the weather like? How many people attended, and where did everyone sit? These are the details that can make past Inauguration Day celebrations come to life. Read on to learn how to use the Congressional Record to fill in some of these details!
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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Tue. January 19, 2021 2:30 PM
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Is Thanksgiving Day a Recognized Holiday in All Fifty States? Using Fifty-State Surveys to Find the Answer!

Is Thanksgiving Day a statutorily-recognized holiday in the states? While you are likely familiar with the list of federal holidays, you might not know that most states also have their own statutes recognizing state legal holidays. One way to quickly locate these holiday statutes is by utilizing a fifty-state survey. This blog post will walk you through using a variety of databases to locate fifty-state surveys. 
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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Tue. November 17, 2020 10:00 AM
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Getting Creative with Field and Segment Searches: Using Advanced Search Options to Research Judges

Considering a clerkship? Preparing for an interview? Read on to learn how the field and segment search options in both Westlaw and Lexis can help you target your searches to identify material that can assist in interview prep!
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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Tue. October 13, 2020 3:00 PM
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New Legal Research Guide: Military Law Research

The UNC Law Library is pleased to announce the availability of a new Military Law legal research guide to support students currently working with the Military and Veterans Law Clinic or taking military law courses.
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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Thu. April 16, 2020 10:00 AM
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HeinOnline’s Legal Classics Library: Tackling the ‘Big Legal Books’ on Your Reading List

Have you ever considered adding some of the legal classics to your reading list? What about trying some of the works by Blackstone, Bentham, Coke, or Langdell? Thousands of these "big legal books" are available in their first edition formats for your reading pleasure and learning via HeinOnline's Legal Classics database. 
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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Mon. March 30, 2020 9:00 AM
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State Legislators Also Hate Seasonal Time Changes: Researching Pending State Legislation

Most are probably familiar with the recent efforts by many state legislatures to make DST permanent, but did you know that North Carolina has pending legislation on the matter? Do you want to keep your finger on the pulse of this growing movement to change the way we keep time in the United States? Read on to learn about a few research tools at your disposal to track proposed legislation across the country!


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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Tue. March 3, 2020 9:00 AM
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Preparing for the Interview: Using Legal Analytics to Research Law Firms & Attorneys

Despite the sudden chill in the temperatures, things are just starting to warm up for Carolina Law students seeking summer employment. 1Ls, in particular, will soon enter their first season of OCIs (“on-campus interviews”), and the law library is here to help with recommended resources for putting your best foot forward when interviewing with a potential future employer!
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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Mon. January 27, 2020 10:00 AM
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Provincial Statutes of Canada - New HeinOnline Collection

The Kathrine R. Everett Law Library recently added a new collection to its HeinOnline subscription – the Provincial Statutes of Canada. The collection contains both historical and current public and private acts passed by the Canadian provincial governments.
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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Mon. December 2, 2019 8:00 AM
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A Little Thanksgiving Day Trivia via Legislative History Records

The law library wishes all UNC Law students, faculty, and staff a very Happy Thanksgiving! If you want to really impress your friends and family over dinner this year, trying using these federal legislative history materials to highlight a few lesser-known facts about this beloved holiday.


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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Mon. November 25, 2019 9:00 AM
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