Where do I find government and industry data?

Librarians at our Library regularly look out for prospective online resources that can better assist with the learning and researching. We are very happy to share that we just added another great resource for statistical researches. Statistical Abstract of the United States has always been a popular reference tool behind every reference desk. At VLS library, we have the print copy of this reference book. And now we just added the online version at a minimal price to enable our users to research on their laptops, wherever they are whenever they want. 1Published annually by the federal government since 1878, The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best known statistical reference publication in the country, and perhaps the world. As a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, it is a snapshot of America and its people. Here you’ll find answers to questions such as “How much corn is grown in Iowa?”, or “What organization has the most authoritative data on foreclosures?”.

You can browse or search the Statistical Abstract. For more searching tips, check out the LibGuide by Proquest on Statistical Abstract of the United States. 

Happy researching! Let us know what you think of this new database! Find us at reference@vermontlaw.edu.

Posted in Databases

Have you changed your Westlaw password recently?

As Westlaw is working to improve their user security, your friendly librarians at VLS are reminding you not forget to change your Westlaw password. Changing a new password is quick and easy by taking the following steps:

  1. Please log into Westlaw and click UPDATE next to your name in the upper left of the page.
  2. Click Manage OnePass Profile.
  3. Enter a new password under the Username field. Passwords must be between 8-16 characters and contain at least 3 of the required features (upper case, lower case, symbol, number).  So something like: Vermont#1  works because it has all of the criteria.
  4. Re-enter the new password again.
  5. Click SAVE.

Ta-Da! Then you’ll be all set with a more secured password. You may want to jot it down if it’s not a password you usually use.

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact Chenfang Yang, our Electronic Resources & Technology Librarian, cyang@vermontlaw.edu (x1445). Or, you may also call Westlaw support 800-850-WEST.

Posted in About the Library

What’s New for 2015?


Beginning in 2015, we are happy to announce a new database added to our subscribed database collection — Fastcase.

Fastcase is the leading next-generation legal research service that is accessed by more than 500,000 lawyers. Twenty-one state bar associations and dozens of other membership organizations have purchased Fastcase subscriptions for their members. Therefore, we are glad to provide you the access to Fastcase while you are in law school to get you familiar with this legal research database.

Fastcase’s contents include primary law from all 50 states, as well as deep federal coverage going back to 1 U.S. 1, 1 F.2d 1, 1 F.Supp. 1, and 1 B.R. 1. The Fastcase collection includes cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions. Fastcase also provides access to a newspaper archive, legal forms, and a one-stop PACER search of federal filings through their content partners.

You can also find the older editions of state statutes on Fastcase. For example, Fastcase has older versions of Vermont Statues.

1You can access Fastcase in several ways. The most recommended access path is through the library portal site A-Z list. You can also search “Fastcase” in JULIEN in the keyword field or database name field.

Fastcase provides IP authenticated access which means you do NOT need a personal username and password (like Westlaw, Lexis, or BLaw).

To get you started with searching in Fastcase, you may want to download this quick reference guide. Or, visit Fastcase support page to sign up for a free webinar, watch a video tutorial, or contact the customer service.

For any questions, feel free to contact Chenfang Yang, Electronic Resources & Technology Librarian, cyang@vermontlaw.edu or 802-831-1445. Let us know what do you think of Fastcase.

Posted in About the Library