Duquesne - Allegheny County Law Libraries Partnership 2009-2013

Duquesne University and Allegheny County just sealed an agreement for the Duquesne University Center for Legal Information (DCLI) to continue managing the Allegheny County Law Library (ACLL), for five more years (2009 - 2013). ACLL is one of the largest and oldest county law libraries in the country. DCLI has been managing ACLL since 1999. In addition to the fine resources and facilities at DCLI, Duquesne law faculty and students have full and complete access to ACLL located on the 9th floor of the City - County Building. Check the ACLL web page for hours of operation and services.

LexisNexis Updates:

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New Lexis Web:


Lexis® Web is a legal-specific search engine that serves up free Web content only from legal sites validated by LexisNexis® attorney editors. It offers the LexisNexis legal topic taxonomy and narrows the tools valued by LexisNexis customers for reducing research time. It is unlike other search engines where researchers can get free searching but spend untold hours finding results relevant to their assignment.

Lexis Web is for legal researchers who need to find all relevant sources-be it on the Web or on paid online services.

New Shepard's Statute Reports: One View Shows Affecting Legislation, Pending Bills and Citing Cases

Now when you verify an Ohio Revised Code section with Shepard's ® Citations Service, you'll discover a new, all-inclusive Shepard's statute report covering all subsections. See vital references at a glance with new exclusive Shepard's Summary for Statutes, and link quickly to the major actions that undermine a statute.

  • Negative citing case treatment. It's easy with the new Shepard's Signal indicator for statutes. Look for the "!".
  • New affecting legislations - in full text.
  • Pending Legislation

You'll also find more citing references, such as law reviews; Matthew Bender ® treatises; federal briefs; pleadings and motions; and some U.S. agencies decisions, including IRS and NLRB decisions.

This is the future of Shepard's for statutes. Throughout 2009, additional states - and the United States Code Service - will be available in this new format.

New Customizable Westlaw

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Westlaw.com® is in the process of updating its look. Starting soon, you'll be able to build and rearrange the content on many of your Westlaw screens/tabs so it's most intuitive to you, and designed to fit your workflow. Customizable Westlaw is currently available to academic users of Westlaw and will be available to law firm, corporate and government users in the coming weeks. You will receive an on-screen notification when the enhancement has been activated.

Customizable Westlaw allows you to:

  • Drag and drop content on some of your Westlaw screens.   
  • Include up to 50 tabs (instead of only six) on your tab display.
  • Create custom tabs that include any database from Westlaw's extensive collection.   
  • Add, delete, rename and change preferences for displayed items.   
  • Easily email customized tabs to colleagues.   
  • Create on-screen "sticky notes".

Dockets enhancements allow you to:

  • Update several dockets simultaneously.
  • Select relevant documents in the result list and then click Update Selected Documents.
  • The Docket Tools page is displayed, from which you can print, e-mail, or download the updated docket information.

Browser Blocking

Starting in January, westlaw.com platforms will not support Web browser versions earlier than the following: Internet Explorer 6.0, All Netscape versions, Firefox 1.5, and Safari 2.0. These browsers are not receiving security updates, which could lead to a security risk. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Westlaw technical support at: 1-800-WESTLAW (1-800-937-8529).

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Pennsylvania Legislative Services' Website


The Pennsylvania Legislative Services' Website is a subscription-based resource that provides a "comprehensive and reliable legislative and media reporting service." Given the immense amount of information generated by the PA government, it is easy for an individual to miss important new developments. The Pennsylvania Legislative Services' Website solves this problem by delivering the most current legislative developments in a user-friendly format. This is accomplished via effective tools such as "myAlerts", which is a rapid email alert system providing "updates of key actions on the Hill as they happen". Another important tool offered through this resource is the Pennsylvania Letter , which "is a comprehensive report on legislative, regulatory, and executive actions".