Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  

September 2005




In This Issue


Spelling Bee-ers Are Busy


Kathy Caveney, Lauren Knowlton, and Anne Burnett are busy preparing for The Spirited Spell-off Spectacle. The old-fashioned spelling bee is a fund raiser for the Athens-Clarke Literacy Council. Teams representing a cross section of the Athens community are competing in the bee. This crack team is sponsored by the Law Library.

Spelling bees have become great entertainment in recent years with the success of the 2002 documentary film Spellbound and the broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. They have also become a low-cost, high-return fundraising format for literacy groups.

Join all the spellers Sunday, September 25, at 2:00pm in the auditorium at the Georgia Museum of Art.



By Carol Watson

No...those aren't the names of the latest musical group or the hippest new slang. These are acronyms for three legal research databases which the Law Library has purchased that provide unprecedented access to historical legal materials.

MOML: The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926

MOML provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on U.S .and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Full-text searching on more than 10 million pages provides researchers access to critical legal history in ways not previously possible.

With a range of valuable literature from the most influential writers and key legal thinkers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, researchers have the resources to trace the evolution of modern law in Britain and the United States during these periods of monumental changes.

MOML includes a wide range of titles and subjects than one would immediately imagine with titles such as Feudalism, Famous Trials, Mining Accidents and their Prevention, Imperialism, Public Debt - a Essay in the Science of Finance, Notes of the Literature of Charities, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, to list just a few. Researchers can access pages from casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches and more.

Individual records for each treatise with links to the electronic version are available through GAVEL, the law library's online catalog.

MOME: The Making of the Modern Economy: Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850

MOME provides digital facsimile images on every page of 61,000 works of literature on economic and business published from 1450 through 1850. Full-text searching on more than 12 million pages provides researchers unparalleled access to this vast collection of material on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport.

This unrivaled online library offers instant access to the theories, practices, and consequences of economic and business activity in the West, from the last half of the 15th century to the mid-19th century. It combines the strengths of two pre-eminent collections — the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London Library and the Kress Collection of Business and Economics at the Harvard Business School — along with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University and from the libraries of Yale University.

Treatises cover commerce, finance, history, politics, social conditions, trade, and transport and focus on Great Britain, France, Germany, the United States, Spain and other countries. Sample titles include: The life of the learned Sir Thomas Smith Kt. Doctor of the Civil law; Legal provisions for the poor: or, a treatise of the common and statute laws concerning the poor; The law of laws: or, the excellency of the civil law, above all other humane laws whatsoever; and Villainy unmask'd: Containing An ample discovery of the many surprizing tricks, subtilities, and frauds, now practised by rogues of all

ECCO: 18th Century Collections Online - Law Subset

ECCO includes more than 11,000 titles representative of the development of law in the British Empire between 1701 and 1800. ECCO exemplifies the emerging philosophies of this dynamic period: the increasingly popular theory of natural law and a growing scientific and rational approach to all aspects of life. These beliefs, reflected in the arts and literature of the times, were also apparent in political, economic and social development. As such, ECCO presents written works on or about legal issues of the 18th century and emphasizes the transition of law based on religion to law incorporating one's natural rights. Sample titles include: Hanging, Not Punishment Enough, for Murtherers, High-Way Men, and House-Breakers; An Essay on Crimes and Punishments; The Law of Evidence and Blackstone's An Analysis of the Laws of England.



by Carol Watson

You asked for got it. No need to repeatedly login when accessing Electronic Course Reserves.

As the use of electronic course reserves has increased, we've had more and more requests to eliminate the need to repeatedly login when viewing Electronic Course Reserves. The implementation of MY GAVEL, eliminates the need for multiple logins.

MY GAVEL is a new option that's available on our newly designed GAVEL page. You only have to authenticate to MY GAVEL one time. Once you login to MY GAVEL, you can search GAVEL, enter ILL requests and view course reserves without having to re-enter your patron barcode.

MY GAVEL also allows you to view items that you have currently checked out, renew items online as well as save preferred searches. If you save a preferred search, you can view results in MY GAVEL or you can choose to have search results emailed to you. Be sure to login to My GAVEL before beginning any GAVEL search.

We hope you enjoy the new features of MY GAVEL!