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A New Focus for Nota Bene

Here at O'Quinn Law Library, we try to consistently ask ourselves: what services are we providing? Are we using our talents to the best of our abilities? How are we contributing to the University of Houston Law Center, the University as a whole, and the greater law community? Recently we sat together and took a hard look at our blog, Nota Bene. Collectively we thought we could sharpen our usefulness by deciding what we could publish that would serve our communities and utilize our specific talents in the best way possible.

We are pretty excited about our decision. Starting in January, we will be using our blog to systematically review all Texas-specific law publications. Our hope is that our reviews will help other librarians and researchers know where to turn to get great information about our state's legal system. In the spring, we will be taking on monographs, but our hope is to expand our reach to articles and invite guest librarians from other Texas institutions to partici…
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A New Look for Nota Bene

The O'Quinn Law Library is proud to present a new look for our blog, Nota Bene. We look forward to continuing our tradition of providing interesting, current content for our readers.

If you have suggestions for improvements, please comment below. We would love to know how to make Nota Bene even better!

Research Recess!

During the 2017 Fall Semester, the O'Quinn Law Library reference librarians will offer a series of lunchtime talks on legal research topics. The sessions will be given at 5:00 p.m. Mondays and 12:00 p.m. Tuesdays from September 25 through October 24.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES PROVIDED FOR THE FIRST TWENTY ATTENDEES!

Please visit the following link for more information: http://www.law.uh.edu/libraries/publications/brownbags.htm.

1. Federal Legislative Research

Monday, 9/25, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)
Tuesday, 9/26, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Robert Clark, Reference and Research Librarian

2. Resources for Legal Practice

Monday, 10/2, 5:00-5:45 (room 109 BLB)
Tuesday, 10/3, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Katy Badeaux, Reference and Research Librarian

3. Legal Technology for Lawyers

Monday, 10/9, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)
Tuesday, 10/10, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Emily Lawson, Reference and Research Librarian

4. Power Searching on Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law

Monday, 10/16, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)
Tuesday, …

SEC Publishes New Edgar Filer Manual

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently published the second volume of its EDGAR Filer Manual, which describes the process for submitting a filing with the SEC. EDGAR stands for Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval. It is a publicly accessible database that provides investors with information on SEC-registered companies. For more information on EDGAR, click here.

Free Law Project Now Hosts Searchable Opinions and Orders (free!)

The Free Law Project has announced that they have collected every free written order and opinion that is available in PACER, the online hosting source of federal court opinions and case documents. They are now available at free.law and are completely searchable. 
The Free Law Project reports that this collection contains  "approximately 3.4 million orders and opinions from approximately 1.5 million federal district and bankruptcy court cases dating back to 1960." The project required the scanning and implementing OCR for more than  "four hundred thousand of these documents . . .  amounting to nearly two million pages of text extraction."
This archive of opinions and orders is available for search here. In addition to common search categories (judge, nature of suit, etc.) it also has advanced search capabilities including field search, as well as proximity and fuzzy search capabilities. 
The Free Law Project estimates that the cost of obtaining that same content on…