Legal Reference Services Quarterly (Leg Ref Serv Q)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

An important forum for daily problems and issues, Legal Reference Services Quarterly will assist you in your day-to-day work as it has been helping other law librarians and members of the legal profession for over a decade. You will find articles that are serious, humorous, critical, or simply helpful to the working librarian. Annotated subject bibliographies, overviews of legal literature, reviews of commonly used tools, and the inclusion of reference problems unique to corporate law libraries, judicial libraries, and academic collections will keep you up to date on the continuously expanding volume of legal materials and their use in legal research. Every issue contains at least one article that you will want to annotate and keep at your desk. Numerous articles have already had a significant impact in the legal reference community. Articles on LEXIS and WESTLAW have also been among the most cited and reflect the journal's interest in featuring new bibliographic databases. Legal Reference Services Quarterly offers all of the best resources to help you give patrons important and relevant materials for their research and professional needs.

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Website Legal Reference Services Quarterly website
Other titles Legal reference services quarterly (Online)
ISSN 1540-949X
OCLC 50208594
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This article provides a history of the American Bar Association (ABA) Accreditation Standards for law library collection development from a simple standard, “adequate for the use of the students,” to a more detailed list of requirements, and back again to simpler mandates. ABA standards are currently under review, and the author argues it is time to end the collection requirements in the ABA standards.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2012; 31(1):65-103. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.654066
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    ABSTRACT: This selective annotated bibliography is a helpful guide to an issue that is regularly encountered by all who do, and teach, legal research: What are the ethical obligations of the legal researcher?
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2012; 31(1):104-124. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2012.654725
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    ABSTRACT: This bibliography is intended to help law students, attorneys, law librarians, Native Americans, anthropologists, museum staff, and individuals in state and federal agencies conduct research on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. This bibliography gathers together a collection of books, book chapters, law review articles, and Web sites to facilitate legal research in this subject area.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2012; 31(1):1-36. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2012.654064
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    ABSTRACT: This article describes the litigation involving SkyRiver Technology Solutions and Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC). At its heart is who owns library catalog records. It begins with an overview of the organizations and examines their histories, products, and positions in the library services market in an attempt to understand and explain the background for the current situation. It continues with an overview of the lawsuit, including the plaintiffs’ claims for relief and the major arguments in OCLC's motion to dismiss. Finally, it turns to what the lawsuit means for the library services marketplaces, what potential changes may occur, and what OCLC's future might look like.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2012; 31(1):37-64. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2012.654065
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    ABSTRACT: Integrated library systems (ILSs) have been fundamental to library workflow in both technical services and public services for decades. However, many of the proprietary ILSs currently on the market do not provide law libraries with the flexibility and adaptability necessary to keep pace with advances in technology. Some law libraries are considering abandoning proprietary ILSs and implementing one of the nascent open source ILSs that have sprung up in the last few years. As the lines blur between hardware and software, many organizations are trading in-house information technology infrastructure and personnel for full-service cloud hosting. This article examines these trends for those contemplating a move to an open source ILS and/or cloud computing.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 11/2011; 30(4):310-331. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.626324
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    ABSTRACT: This article begins with a discussion of the rationale behind an in-depth analysis of specific areas of a law library collection and a synopsis of selected past efforts and possible reasons for such an analysis. The majority of the article details the exact steps in the analysis process, as performed by the librarians at the William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School. The main purpose of the Wise Library's analysis was to identify materials that could most easily be cancelled if budget cuts warranted such actions. Finally, collection development considerations that may arise when deciding if and when to cut specific materials and alternative strategies that may be employed are discussed.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 11/2011; 30(4):289-298. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.625863
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    ABSTRACT: Brain plasticity has become a hot topic in educational circles. As computers and the Internet fundamentally change how we work and how we learn, law librarians need to understand the implications of brain plasticity and learning styles. This article introduces the human brain's amazing ability to adapt and form connections that allow us to do a great number of things—including our ability to read at all.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 11/2011; 30(4):255-288. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.625858
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    ABSTRACT: Federal Indian policy in the United States historically reflects both the hard-headed pragmatism of the nation and its quixotic romanticism. Researchers can identify roughly drawn policy epochs and policy motivations, but there were no clean slates as policy shifted. The legal history of a tribe reflects the accumulated—and often contradictory—impact of changing federal policy. Complexity was added to the government's approach by the application of single-minded policies to the exceedingly diverse native groups within the nation's borders. An understanding of evolving federal policy offers useful insights and a basis for creative legal theories.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 09/2011; 30(3):210-230. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.601992
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    ABSTRACT: This annotated bibliography is intended to shed light on the availability and distribution of legal dictionaries that translate the twenty-seven European languages. The representative corpus consists of about 200 printed bilingual legal dictionaries (BLDs) with terms from two or more legal languages used in the European Union. This bibliography aims to illustrate the wide variation in the quality of these BLDs by the usage of three special headings and by referring to relevant professional reviews. In addition, the authors have commented upon noticeable BLDs that deserve serious criticism or special attention. This annotated bibliography updates the previous bibliography (Gerard-René de Groot & Conrad J. P. van Laer. The Quality of Legal Dictionaries: An Assessment [Maastricht Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2008/6, 2008]) and covers almost all recently published BLDs. However, this bibliography is not exhaustive because of the dispersion of publishing houses: Each publisher issues only two BLDs, on average.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 09/2011; 30(3):149-209. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.601715
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    ABSTRACT: Dominic T. Blake's manuscript treatise Criminal Jurisprudence of the City and State of New York, 1,400 pages long, never printed, and now lost forever, shows the inability of the antebellum legal publishing industry to support large-scale legal scholarship and the refusal of state government to subsidize such efforts.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 09/2011; 30(3):231-236. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.601995
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    ABSTRACT: Historically, Florida failed to retain legislative history resources because the Governor was disproportionately involved in the law-making process, the view materials were not very important, and the lack of materials limited their early use for exploration of legislative intent. Once resources became more readily available, Florida court opinions began to explore when legislative history should be introduced as evidence of intent, what materials would be admissible, and how much weight the legislative resources should be afforded. Today, although Florida still has some issues with broad accessibility of historical legislative history material, the Florida courts have acknowledged there are times when these materials need to be considered in determining the proper interpretation of Florida statutes.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2011; 30(1-2):25-32. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.585316
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    ABSTRACT: This article provides background on legislative history resources and how the courts in Alaska came to adopt a “sliding scale” analysis for resolving potential ambiguities in statutory language. Although the article is not intended to be a comprehensive source for legislative history materials in and of itself, the materials and resources cited provide the tools needed for the legislative history journey to begin.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2011; 30:7-16. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.585313

  • Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2011; 30:1-6. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.588045
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article is to give librarians a clearer understanding of what types of legislative history materials are accepted by California courts. It provides a brief history of the legislative process, followed by a discussion of current case law relating to California courts’ treatment of legislative history materials. Finally, it provides a list of documents generated in the California legislative process and how to locate them.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2011; 30:127-140. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.586292
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    ABSTRACT: This analysis of the use of legislative history in North Dakota includes the following: a brief introduction to the function of legislative history generally, and to the legislative process in North Dakota; a preview of selected statutes and case law; an examination of the materials utilized in legislative history research and the availability of those materials; and contact information for North Dakota libraries, archives, and legislative research services.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2011; 30(1-2):95-118. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.585324
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    ABSTRACT: Connecticut's rules of statutory construction and treatment of legislative history were inconsistent until 2003, when the Connecticut Supreme Court, in State v. Courchesne, explicitly rejected the “plain meaning” rule. The legislature subsequently overruled Courchesne and codified the rule in Connecticut General Statute § 1–2z. In determining legislative intent, the courts will generally recognize floor debate, testimony at committee hearings, the title of an act, the statement of purpose, and the purpose the law was intended to serve.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2011; 30:17-24. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.585314
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    ABSTRACT: This article deals with the use of legislative history documents by New Jersey state courts. New Jersey's position with respect to the admissibility of legislative histories evolved over time; a major shift occurred in the 1950s, when the courts began permitting the use of legislative history documents as extrinsic evidence of legislative intent when a statute was unclear. Today, New Jersey courts make regular use of the documents comprising a legislative history when confronted with unclear legislative enactments. A basic outline of the legislative process in New Jersey and a description of the types of New Jersey legislative history documents provide context to the section on the judicial use of legislative histories as extrinsic evidence of legislative intent in the process of statutory interpretation. A list of the major electronic sources of New Jersey legislative history material is also supplied.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2011; 30:71-84. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.585325
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    ABSTRACT: Determining legislative intent is one of the key roles that the judicial system plays in Michigan, and legislative history can be a useful tool for evaluating the intent of the legislature when enacting a law. However, legislative history resources can be difficult to gather, and some resources may not be persuasive in Michigan courts. This article provides a brief description of the Michigan legislative process, the court's view of using legislative history to determine legislative intent, and a list of Michigan legislative history resources.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2011; 30:51-61. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.585321
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    ABSTRACT: The Minnesota Supreme Court allows statutory construction to effectuate the intention of the legislature. Section 645.16 of Minnesota Statutes addresses legislative intent controls, listing what matters may be considered when the words of a law are not explicit. The use of committee books (minutes), house and senate journals, and media recordings has been permitted.
    Legal Reference Services Quarterly 01/2011; 30(1-2):62-70. DOI:10.1080/0270319X.2011.585323