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Advanced Westlaw MCLE Nov. 7

Thursday, November 7, Noon to 1:00
Advanced Research on Westlaw
Presented by Jonathan Dorsey, Client Representative
Government, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free MCLE Credit – This is a repeat of the
January 17, 2018 program
An email address is required to receive
The MCLE certificate from Thomson

***Download Flyer Here***

This course will help you refine your search construction using both plain language and terms & connectors, while also showing you tools and resources to help you efficiently complete your research assignment.

Nov 7 2019 Adv Research on Westlaw MCLE Flyer

 


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Search Quick Tip—Two Google Tricks to Quickly Find What You Want

How to Search a Specific Website by Using Google
By Andrea Woods
Search Quick Tips

Have you ever been frustrated by a website’s internal search function? You know the information you want must be there somewhere, but your search results are wholly irrelevant, and you can’t find the content you need by clicking through the site’s menu options. Try entering your search terms into Google, but add “site:” followed by the website’s URL. For example, a search across the SFLL’s website for our Research Guides would look like this:

research guides site:sflawlibrary.org

With this method, you’re using Google’s search algorithm to search only the designated website.

How to Limit Your Search Results to PDFs

Another useful trick is to limit your Google search results to only PDF files. This is especially useful for articles, of course, but also historical or superseded content, such as a prior version of a building standard code. Enter your search terms and add “filetype:pdf” like this:

conference room rental san francisco law library filetype:pdf

Google results will list only PDFs, which will save time and increase the likelihood of finding the exact document you’re seeking.


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Upcoming Free MCLE Programs 7/25 and 8/2

We have some wonderful free MCLE Lunchtime Speaker Programs coming up! Be sure to add the following two programs to your calendar, and check back with our Speaker’s Guide, website, Facebook, or Twitter to stay up to date with new programs. All of our MCLE seminars are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Stay tuned for news about more dates in our ongoing Employment Benefits series presented by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Library. We hope to see you there!

July 25, 2017 CEQA MCLE FlyerTuesday, July 25, 2017, 12 to 1pm

California’s Maligned Environmental Law:

An Overview of the California Environmental Quality Act, its Public Impression, and its Ongoing Importance, with a Focus on Large-Scale (and Controversial) Projects

Presented by:
Tom Engels, PhD, Principal, Horizon Water & Environment
Rob Peterson, PhD, CEQA Project Manager, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Jonathan Koltz, Legal Counsel, CPUC

1 hour free Participatory MCLE Credit 


August 2 2017 Lexis MCLE Flyer

Wednesday August 2, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00PM

Lexis Advance Training, Part 2:
Drinking from a Fire Hydrant: Basic Legal Research in the Age of Technology

Presented by Rebecca Cattich, Esq.
Solutions Consultant, LexisNexis

1 Hour of free Participatory MCLE Credit

This program will build on basic topics introduced in the July 13 program, but patrons who did not make it to Part 1 are welcome to come.


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New LibGuide: Cannabis Law

5.1 Cannabis LawCannabis Law is a fast growing field, encompassing many aspects of the law including anti-trust issues, intellectual property, environmental law, and more.  To accompany our July Book of the Month, Marijuana Law in a Nutshell, we have a new LibGuide as well: The San Francisco Law Library Guide to Cannabis Law.   This new research guide features information on legislation for both medical and recreational marijuana, resources for attorneys and the community, and the latest news on developments in Cannabis Law.  We will update the Guide regularly so be sure to check in, and don’t forget to take a look at our other research guides too!


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Lexis Advance Free MCLE – Part 1

PDF iconThursday, July 13, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Lexis Advance Training Part 1:
Drinking from a Fire Hydrant: Basic Legal Research in the Age of Technology
(Wednesday, August 2, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Part 2)
Presented by Rebecca Cattich, Esq., Solutions Consultant, LexisNexis
1 Hour of free Participatory MCLE Credit
Learn the fundamentals of Lexis Advance. The topics covered will include: using the interface, selecting sources, using citations and party names, refining searches, working with sections of a case , and other Lexis Advance topics.
Download this free Lexis Advance PDF iconuser guide.

July 13 2017 Lexis MCLE Flyer


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Upcoming Free MCLE Program July 12

PDF iconWednesday, July 12, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Introduction to Westlaw

SFLL Westlaw MCLE July 12

Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

This comprehensive overview will teach you how to retrieve documents by citation, navigate through the search interface, and use KeyCite. Learn how to search with WestSearch, advanced search functions, Boolean terms and connectors, the West Key Number System, and how to retrieve specific content.

Download this free Westlaw patron access user guide.

Check our speakers guide or our website for more information about future programs.


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App Alert: Adobe Scan

App Alert Adobe Scan

Turn your phone into an instant scanner!  Adobe recently released Adobe Scan, a free app which allows you to use your phone as a doc/PDF scanner.  Simply take a picture of the document you want and watch it automatically become a PDF.  And that’s not all!  Once scanned, the text on the page becomes searchable digital text which you can then highlight, annotate, and edit.  To use this feature you need to have the Adobe Acrobat app, which is also free to download.  You can access the document through your Adobe Document Cloud account (you can set one up for free) and then edit it on your desktop as well.

The Law Library is the perfect place to try out this useful and efficient tool.  There is no page limit to scanning, and the app even lets you capture nontraditional items such as whiteboards or presentation slides.  You can scan a wide range of our materials, from newspapers and practice guides to older volumes (such as our collection of historical San Francisco municipal codes and ordinances) which would otherwise be too fragile to scan.

Adobe Scan works on both Android and iOS platforms.  Take a look at the video below to see how you can use your phone as a portable scanner: