“At its January 2010 meeting, the SFU Senate Library Committee adopted sweeping recommendations that will make SFU one of only three Canadian universities to embrace Open Access (OA) publishing….”  http://www.lib.sfu.ca/node/10281 SFU’s intention is to create an OA Central Fund to encourage SFU authors to publish in OA Journals. The fund will pay Article Processing Charges for [...]

The Chung Collection has been featured over the years by several B.C. newspapers, usually in the arts or culture section.  This morning it graces the front page of the Vancouver Sun’s business section, where Joanne Lee-Young uses the collection to highlight B.C.’s longstanding economic ties with Asia.  She writes, “B.C. may promote its Asia Pacific Gateway as a newfangled concept, but many of Chung’s keepsakes, especially the ones collected from Canadian Pacific Railways and Steamships, are reminders that people and trade to and from Asia have been flowing for much more than 100 years.”

Read the whole article here: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Chung+Collection+illuminates+Chinese+experience/2566307/story.html

Please note that the UBC Law Library is OPEN regular hours during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics! – http://www.library.ubc.ca/home/about/branches/hours-feb2010.html

ISI_webYou now have access to two new research resources on Web of Knowledge through your library and its participation in the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.” -Thomson Reuters email

MEDLINE (195o – Present) learn more here

Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1899 – Present) learn more here

The Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has been conducting a major multi-year study of how faculty needs and research practices shape their choices about scholarly communication. The complete results of their work can be found at the Future of [...]

Need to look at US government documents that don’t seem to be publicly available?  All may not be lost!  Thanks to the tireless efforts of journalists, researchers, and average citizens thousands of documents that would otherwise remain closed to public scrutiny are made available each year through Freedom of  Information Act (FOIA)  requests.  Even better:  many of these folks  have contributed their FOIA documents to freely searchable web archives.  Here are a few of the best:

  • National Security Archive at George Washington University: “collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.”
  • GovernmentAttic: “provides electronic copies of hundreds of interesting Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act….(including) fascinating historical documents, reports on items in the news, oddities…and government bloopers.”
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation:  This site focuses on collecting and disseminating documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act “on controversial government surveillance programs, lobbying practices, and intellectual property initiatives.”
  • American Civil Liberties Union:   This portion of the ACLU website provides access to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act “relating to the abuse and torture of prisoners in U.S. detention centers overseas.”

Note,  some US Federal Departments and Agencies also have well-organized and fairly comprehensive collections of their own FOIA documents, such as

Huge kudos to Sheryl Adam for suggesting this topic and for finding these sites!!!  Watch the blog for a future entry on similar Canadian sources of FOI documents.

wirelessThe next time you use your laptop on campus, you may notice a new wireless option: ubcvisitor (read more here).

As the name suggests, this is a wireless gateway to the internet for visitors — non-UBC folks.

If you are part of the UBC community and are trying to connect to eresources to which the UBC Library subscribes, PLEASE do not use ubcvisitor. Why? Because the IP addresses for this new network will not allow you to connect to subscribed eresources.

The recommended wireless network for UBC community members is ubcsecure.

If you have a valid UBCcard or a CWL and you are connected via ubcsecure and you still have problems accessing Library eresources, please let us know using our help form.


BestCase Training Sessions
(Part of the Law – Commercial Databases Training Sessions)

BestCase is a web-based research service that contains reports such as Canadian Criminal Cases, Dominion Law Reports, Labour Arbitration Cases, as well as a collection of unreported decisions dating back to 1977. It also includes Canada Law Book’s case summary services, such as the All-Canada Weekly Summaries and the Weekly Criminal Bulletin, as well as a note-up citator feature

This session is useful for criminal, labour/employment and civil litigation practice areas.

NOTE: Two 30 minute long distance call phone cards will be raffled off after each training session. Only those present in the room will get a chance to win.

• Registration is required – please click on the appropriate link below to sign up
• Location: Faculty of Law Computer Lab (basement of the Law Library)
• Contact Elim Wong, Reference Librarian in the Law Library if you require passwords or have any questions.

• For all current UBC Law Students and Faculty
• Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Click here.
• Thursday, March 18, 2009 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Click here.

*UPDATE* – Access to 2009 data restored.

PMBFor all those attempting to get 2009 Product Data, apologies. Product Measurement Bureau (PMB) says its host server is down due to maintenance issues. They assure us it should be back later, but can’t give a time line. Currently, you see a blank screen or a “Unable to connect to the remote server” message.

Try later and watch this blog as we will post as soon as we know more.

HG5158 .C73 2009
Canada, Expert Panel on Securities Regulation, Creating an Advantage in Global Capital Markets: Final Report and Recommendations (Ottawa: Dept. of Finance, 2009).
Online access: http://www.expertpanel.ca/eng/reports/index.html

K349 .F455 2009 (LC)
Martha Albertson Fineman, Jack E. Jackson & Adam P. Romero, eds., Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations (Farnham: Ashgate Pub., 2009).

K1315 .A53 2009 (LC)
Reinier Kraakman et al., The Anatomy of Corporate Law: A Comparative and Functional Approach, 2d ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

K3236 .S64 2009 (LC)
Manisuli Ssenyonjo, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in International Law (Oxford: Hart, 2009).

KE1499 .H67 2009 (LC)
John D. Hornsberger & Vern W. DaRe, Bankruptcy in Canada, 4th ed., Aurora: Canada Law Book, 2009

KF299.P8 P745 2009 (LC)
Robert Granfield & Lynn Mather, eds., Private Lawyers and the Public Interest: The Evolving Role of Pro Bono in the Legal Profession (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

KF4783 .W43 2009 (LC)
Martha Albertson Fineman & Karen Worthington, eds., What Is Right for Children?: The Competing Paradigms of Religion (Farnham: Ashgate, 2009).

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