Thursday, April 27, 2017

This Just In - April

This Just In is a list of titles the library received in the month of April.

Annotated Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Act, 16th ed. KF 3649 C36 P 2017
The Practitioner's Income Tax Act 2017, 51st ed. KF 6499 ZA2 P72

✦Each LSUC CPD title has a hyperlink to the library catalogue AdvoCAT, and the T.O.C.
7th Annual In-House Counsel Summit KF 1425 .A75 L393 2017
11th Annual Family Law Summit KF 505 .ZB3 L393 2017b
Family Law Practice Basics 2017 KF 505 .ZB3 L393 2017
The Six-Minute Criminal Lawyer 2017 KF 9620 .ZA2 L393 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

MMP - Epic Privacy Browser

MMP (Monday Mouse Potato) Epic Privacy Browser 
Are you ready to opt out of the big companies collecting your data by tracking, tagging, and profiling your every move on the web? Want to minimize your digital footprint? If you’ve answered yes to these questions you might want to try Epic.

The Epic browser protects your searches; blocks thousands of trackers, cookies, and widgets; and is even secure on public WiFi. By clicking on the red open socket (Epic’s built-in proxy) in the top right corner of the browser you can take advantage of encrypting your data, and hiding your IP address. The umbrella icon, in the same location, lets you access ad, and third-party cookie blocking. One other important feature is that that when you close Epic, the browsing history is completely deleted from your computer.

Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, IE, and others will offer some measure of security, and privacy although not at this level. Epic may not replace your other browsers but it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a niche gateway for sensitive searches.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Library Files - HeinOnline

A quick intro to HeinOnline
Looking for an online legal database for research? HeinOnline is one of my go-to sources, and on more than one occasion has saved my bacon. Provided by The Law Society of Upper Canada, members can log-in to HeinOnline with a username and password. The database has multiple options available for emailing, printing and downloading pages and sections of a volume, all for free!

From the obscure to the ubiquitous, Hein contains over 2,300 full-text journals such as the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, McGill Law Journal, and Advocates' Quarterly, just to name a few.

Below, I’ve listed only a handful of the thousands of materials available in the database:

  • The English Reports Full Reprint Vols. 1-176 (1220-1867)
  • Chart of Reports which includes the title abbreviations, date range, and a link to the volume and case
  • The Revised Statutes of Canada, 1886 to 1985 + supplements
  • Provincial Statutes (historical)
  • Canada Supreme Court Reports
  • Legal Dictionaries
  • Pentagon Papers
  • Legal Classics containing more than 4,500 work such as Graunde Abridgement by Anthony Fitzherbert, 1565, and the Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books; with an Analysis of the Work by William Blackstone, 1852
  • U.S. Treaties
  • U.S. Supreme Court Library
If you need a username and password for HeinOnline just contact us at the library. The LSUC changes the log-in information approximately every 6 months, so if you’re suddenly locked out of Hein, flip us an email and we’ll provide you with the updated log-in info.

Monday, April 17, 2017

MMP - Which Way is Up?

This is the inaugural Monday Mouse Potato post. On the MMP you'll find tech tips, tricks, and techniques unearthed by your geek enthusiast.

MMP (Monday Mouse Potato) Which Way is Up?
Half the time you can't tell which way is up. You try plugging in a flash drive or a usb cable into the port, and you plug it in the wrong way. Before you plug-in, look down. Only one side has the forked USB logo on it, that's the top/right side. But lots of flash drives don't have logo. So how do you tell what's the right vs the wrong side? If you turn the cable or drive over you'll notice what looks like two jigsaw puzzle pieces put together, that's the wrong side. From now on you’ll never plug a usb cable or flash drive in the wrong way again!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Welcome to the BLA Reference Point!

Welcome to the BLA Reference Point!

You might be asking yourself, what's in it for me if I keep reading? Our goal is to provide you with an open-shelf of blog posts about library info, research tips, tech 4-1-1, and hopefully a post that will have you saying, "it's all that and a bag of chips!"