WWW Research While at the
University of Michigan
SJD Colloquium Training
Kincaid C. Brown
University of Michigan Law Library
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Campus Library Basics
- There are 3 campus library systems: the Law Library, the Kresge Business Administration Library, and the University Library System.
- The University Library System is comprised of a number of libraries including the Hatcher Graduate Library, Taubman Medical Library,
the Science Library, and others.
- As a law student you have access to all 3 library systems.
UM Library Websites
Each library system has its own web site.
UM Library Catalogs
Each library system has its own online catalog. This is the resource you will use to locate books, series, or journals (at the volume level,
not the article level). Keyword and subject searches will be the best tools for finding resources on your topics.
- Each library system provides access to electronic resources from their web page.
- You can access most available electronic resources from off-campus by authenticating with your Kerberos login/password, when prompted by the proxy server.
- Exception 1: A couple of resources licensed by the Law Library are limited to building use only. This access restriction is noted with the resource.
- Exception 2: Because of the way Kresge chose to set up its proxy server, all electronic resources licensed by the Kresge Business Administration Library
that are not also available via the web site of another library must be used at Kresge.
Kresge Library E-Resources
University Library E-Resources
- Access through alphabetical listing, broad subjects, or search mechanism:
- The University Library also provides access to licensed electronic resources via Mirlyn, the online catalog.
Electronic Journal Access
- The Law and University Libraries have alphabetical lists of e-journals.
- Law: http://www.law.umich.edu/library/eres/ejournals/ejournalsindex.htm
- University Library: http://www.lib.umich.edu/ejournals/
- Both libraries also include e-journals in their online catalogs.
- The University subscribes to packages of most or all journals from some vendors, so in some cases access to journals that are not yet included in the
journal lists or catalogs can be had from the vendors journal web site. Examples are Blackwell and Springer journals.
Some Resources You May Find Useful
- HeinOnline: journals, US primary law, treaty resources
- The Making of Modern Law: historical treatises
- WorldCat: multi-library bibliographic database
- LexisNexis Congressional: historical and recent US Congress documents
- LLMC Digital: in process, but will have historical and some recent US federal and state primary material, foreign law, secondary sources, native american law,
and canon law.
Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN)
- Campus-wide access jointly provided by the Law, Kresge Business, and University Libraries.
- Comprised of a number of subject-specific research networks, including the "Legal Scholarship Network" and "Economics Research Network."
- Includes email and web access to abstracts on working and forthcoming papers as well as a database of pdf full-text papers.
- The Networks encourage communication with the authors concerning research.
SSRN, part 2
- Before you can access SSRN materials you will need to sign up. Click on "Subscribe" at the top of http://www.ssrn.com/
and follow the instructions. Be sure to choose to join the subscription for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- The University only has subscriptions to 5 research networks: Accounting Research, Economics Research, Financial Economics, Legal Scholarship,
and Management Research. You would need to subscribe to other networks on a trial or individual basis.
- After you have joined a network you are able to search and view documents, sign up for email abstracts, and submit papers.
- To submit papers, click on "Submit" at the top of http://www.ssrn.com/
and follow the instructions.
bepress Legal Repository
- URL: http://law.bepress.com/repository/
- Full-text working papers on legal topics.
- Search or browse by subject or working paper series.
- Sign up for email updates.
- ExpressO subscription needed to add papers to repository is administered by Law School.
NBER Working Papers
- URL for campus access: http://papers.nber.org/papers.html
- National Bureau of Economic Research Working Papers are preliminary works that have not been submitted for approval to the NBER board of directors.
- Searchable by keyword, abstract, or full-text.
- Full-text papers are available in pdf.
Subscription Grant Resources
- COS Funding Opportunities (http://fundingopps.cos.com/):
Searchable database providing detailed information about more than 19,300 available research grants worldwide.
- Foundation Directory Online (http://www.lib.umich.edu/f/foundation-directory/foundation-directory-redirect.php):
Profiles over 70,000 U.S.-based foundations, describing programs, areas of funding, types of support, geographic emphasis, trustees & officers, application process, deadlines, lists of recent grants made, etc.
Free Grant & Job Resources
- Discuss current and cutting-edge events and news.
- Anyone can write a blog so they are often ideologically slanted.
- Can find blogs with an Internet search or through a content notification service, like Bloglines.
Conferences and Calls for Papers
- Generally governed by associations.
- Association web sites and listservs are the best sources of information for these.