Jenkins 2019 Year in Review

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Now that our first year in our new location has come to an end, we decided to revisit the new resources we've added and go over some of the work we've done in 2019.

Jenkins added a new in house database this year - Cheetah from Wolters Kluwer. This database has extensive and comprehensive coverage for practice areas such as antitrust, banking, intellectual property, securities, employee benefits, and healthcare. Each practice area has its own dashboard that allows the user to quickly navigate or search through relevant treatises, statutes, regulations, cases, and more. It is also rich in materials from CCH, like the Blue Sky Law ReporterFederal Banking Law ReporterFederal Carrier ReporterFederal Securities Law Reporter, and Products Liability Reporter. Other titles available on Cheetah include Folk on Delaware General Corporation Law, Medicare Handbook, Scott and Asher on Trusts, and Wigmore on Evidence.

Three of our remote access member databases also had upgrades this year. NewsBank added high quality full color digital images of the Philadelphia Inquirer. These digital images begin with 2018 and are updated daily. Changes to ProQuest Congressional enhanced various features of the database, including its organizational structure, as a way to improve the user experience. And HeinOnline launched new features, like their Venn Diagram tool, as well as added new collections, including GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions, State Constitutions Illustrated, and U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library.

Our Reference Staff has also been busy this year. In addition to answering email, phone, chat, and in person requests from you, they've continued to provide research tips via our blog. Blog posts cover a wide array of topics, including legal research tips (Research Tip: Using Shepard’s Subsection Reports, Federal Statute Compilations, and Find the United States Code on govinfo), navigating legal databases (Fastcase Tip: Public Link, New Look to ProQuest Congressional's "Search by Number" Feature, and New PA and NJ eBooks on LexisNexis Digital Library), and updates to court rules (New PA Court Rules Related to Child Custody and Parenting Coordination, New PA Court Rule Allows Citing of Unpublished Opinions, and Amendments to PA Rules of Civil Procedure for Divorce). Some of our most popular 2019 blog posts went outside the bounds of legal research: Philadelphia Zoning Map, Millennials in the Workplace, and Surf the Past Web with the Wayback Machine.

Though a lot of legal research has moved to online databases, print is still alive and well at Jenkins. We collected almost 600 new titles in 2019, including over 100 titles from the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) and over 200 titles from the Practising Law Institute (PLI). Some of the most popular new titles are Kohn on Music Licensing, 5th edition, Pennsylvania Family Law Practice, Estate Planning in Pennsylvania, and Litigating in Orphans' Court.

We'd like to thank everyone for their continued support and we look forward to meeting your legal research needs in 2020. And if you didn't get a chance to visit our new location in 2019, stop by in 2020!

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