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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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201207): Sorting Results

02/14
2012

Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201207): Sorting (or reordering) the results page often gives you a different slice of hits to view. Learn your sorting options for databases such as Fastcase, HeinOnline and NewsBank.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201206): Ctrl-F / Command-F

02/7
2012

Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201206): The one keyboard shortcut you'll use the most is Ctrl-F (or Command-F on the Mac), which lets you search within the text of Web pages, MS Office docs, Adobe Acrobat PDFs, and more.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201205): Combining Legal Search Tools

01/31
2012

Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201205): Channel your inner MacGyver and learn how to combine several free or low-cost search tools in order to perform effective legal research.