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Tip of the Week (Episode 201217): Secure Browsing with https

04/24
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201216): Adblock Plus

04/18
2012

Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201216): Adblock Plus is an essential free browser add-on that zaps annoying Website banner ads.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201215): Cited References in Google Scholar

04/10
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201214): Serendipity Through Subject Headings

04/3
2012

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).

Tip of the Week (Episode 201213): Using Google Image Search to "Background Check" a Site

03/27
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201212): Local Climate Data

03/19
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201211): Sample Forms and Pleadings

03/13
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201210): PACER Test Site

03/6
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201209): Where's the Cache and Why Should I Care?

02/29
2012

Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201209): Google (and Bing) has moved the link for the cached copy of indexed pages. This video shows where the cached link has gotten to and also reviews why you should use the cached copy.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201208): Creating a Strong Password

02/21
2012

Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201208): How strong are your online passwords? If your passwords are short (6-9 characters) and easy to guess (something like "PH1LL13Z"), they're not strong. Try using a passphrase: 3 or more words separated by spaces ("angry docile fossils"). There are even Websites that will generate passphrases for you.