Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201219): Both Amazon.com and Google Books let you view up to 20% of copyrighted books online. (You can download the complete text of out-of-copyright works from Google.) Jenkins members can download the full text of more than 250 books by Nolo Press, containing thousands of legal forms, on Business and Corporations, Family Affairs and Divorce, Wills and Estate Planning, and many more topics.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201218): There's a searchable archive of PACER documents gathered by the RECAP Firefox browser extension. You won't find every document that you need, but it's a good place to start your legal research. (RECAP was developed at Princeton University.)
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201217): Last year Google went to a full encrypted connection for Web search to foil online snoops. More and more Websites -- Facebook, Twitter, etc. -- are going that route, using https. Others, such as Yahoo Mail, are not. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has produced a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, called HTTPS Everywhere, which automatically puts you in encrypted mode for every Website that supports it.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201216): Adblock Plus is an essential free browser add-on that zaps annoying Website banner ads.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201215): You can easily see a list of documents -- cases, law review articles and books -- that have cited a particular case you've retrieved in Google Scholar. Not only that: you can search within the citing documents to see (for example) which ones also cite another case you're interested in.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201214): If the catalogers have done their job properly, you'll experience serendipity when you browse the library stacks because similar books will be shelved together. Can you recreate the same experience online? Certainly! Use the subject headings assigned to each record in the Jenkins online catalog (and other sources such as Amazon.com).
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201213): You can use Google's "search by image" feature to double-check the source of images on a Website. In this video Tip of the Week, we investigate the provenance of some of the attorney pictures on a Website offering free legal advice.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201212): You're not limited to paper reports anymore when you need local climatological data. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration now offers 70+ years' worth of data online for free. Search tool Wolfram | Alpha also provides detailed climate data.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201211): Jenkins Law Library offers its members 3 great sources for sample forms and pleadings: PA Legal Forms, Nolo Press, and the National Consumer Law Center.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201210): Are you interested in learning to use PACER but are intimidated about getting dinged $.08 per page as you figure out how it works? We've got a deal for you! The US Courts have set up a free PACER test site.