Magistrates Fall 2013 / Legal Resources


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Presentation for the Sept. 17, 2013 ICJE: 40-Hour Civil Basics Certification for New, Non-Attorney Magistrates

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  • A browser is a program that has to be loaded on your computer. The browser then allows you connect to the Internet and use the various services. Open a browserEvery web page has a specific address referred to as the uniform resource locator or URL. When you know the URL you can just type it into address baoxLook for address box, query box, menu bar, bookmarks toolbar
  • When on a page that you like, grab the URL with the cursor and move it to the toolbar:Now whenever you want to go to this site, all you have to do is click the button!!
  • Having favorites and bookmarks can really save a lot of time but the downside is that the collection of bookmarks is specific to the computer you’re usingLast Pass
  • A SEARCH ENGINE brings source on the web to you. A service that combs the items on the Web, for a specified word or words and provides a list ofdocumentsinwhichtheyarefound. Examples include Google, Bing, Ask, Yahoo
  • On the Libguide under Searching Basics
  • Quotation marks around your group or words creates a phrase.When you conduct a search at Google WITHOUT the quotes, you get results that contain your keywords IN ANY COMBINATION.But......when you conduct a search WITH the quotes, you get results that only include pages that contain your EXACT keyword phrase.
  • Web searching can be good, but first go to trusted websites for legal materials. We’ll look at some of these now!Use the advanced searching features to limit the results and make them more precise
  • Can we guess what the various parts are?
  • Where is it.Go to LibGuide page and link to legislature.Do some searching in the code, show browsing“Legislation” tab at top goes to a nice explanation of the legislative process“Advanced Search” on left of home page goes to search formNotice link to New Georgia Encyclopedia
  • Learn where the official local ordinances are – clerk of court office usuallyMany communities are going with Municode as an official source
  • Run search for liability for a dog biting a childCan use citations to locate other cases
  • Another useful tool is the RSS feed, which lets you track changes on websites and blogs that interest you. RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format. ...
  • One of the best pieces of advice we can give you is to contact the library reference desk. While we cannot research a legal issue for you we can provide documents or suggestions on where to look.Go to the Review Puzzle to reinforce some of the concepts.
  • Magistrates Fall 2013 / Legal Resources

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    2. 2.  Firefox (Mozilla)  Chrome (Google)  Safari (Apple)  Internet Explorer (Microsoft) Fall Magistrate Training - J
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    5. 5.  Mark a website for future reference  Organize your collection of bookmarks or favorite sites Fall Magistrate Training - J
    6. 6.  Make Bookmarks/Favorites available on any computer  Share them with other people  Can provide a backup  is the most well known service  Speed Dial Fall Magistrate Training - J
    7. 7.  Ask  DuckDuckGo (Jason‟s favorite)  Bing (Microsoft)  Google/Google Scholar  Yahoo Fall Magistrate Training - J
    8. 8. 1. Order Matters (up to 30 words) 2. Google interprets a space as an “and” 3. Google ignores capitalization, except in the case of OR 4. To exclude a term from results, place a hyphen „-‟ in front of it 5. Use “what is” or “define:” to get an explanation or a definition Fall Magistrate Training - J
    9. 9.  AND – all of the words must be in the result  OR – only one of the words must be in the result  Hyphen – ◦ Excludes terms ◦ Rico -puerto Fall Magistrate Training - J
    10. 10.  Whenever possible, use a phrase contained within “quote marks”  Most useful for titles or actual quotations  Phrase searching ◦ “Georgia law” Fall Magistrate Training - J
    11. 11.  Google yourself  Narrow results to contain all or mostly positive hits  Remove hits not about you  Look at advanced search  Try using another search engine ◦ Ask ◦ Bing ◦ DuckDuckGo ◦ Yahoo Fall Magistrate Training - J
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    13. 13.  519 S.E.2d 22, 25 (Ga. App 1999) Volume Number Abbreviation of Reporter First Page of the Opinion Pinpoint of the exact page being cited Abbreviation of Court and Year of Decision Fall Magistrate Training - S
    14. 14. OCGA §44-7-34 Official Code of Georgia Title Chapter Section Fall Magistrate Training - S
    15. 15.  Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 122-10-.01 Official Compilation of Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia Chapter Section Fall Magistrate Training - S
    16. 16.  15 Tul. Envtl. L.J. 383 (2002) Fall Magistrate Training - S
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    18. 18.  Legislation ◦ Georgia General Assembly  Keyword ◦ Entire code ◦ Specific titles ◦ Table of contents only  Browse ◦ Expand each title  Retrieve specific section Fall Magistrate Training - S
    19. 19.  Maintained by the Secretary of State  Search by Agency or word search  Find ◦ Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 122-10-.01 ◦ Regulation on hunting with dogs Fall Magistrate Training - S
    20. 20.  Municode  Find your local ordinance about alcoholic beverages Fall Magistrate Training - S
    21. 21.  Findlaw – Georgia  Google Scholar  Public Library of Law ◦ Cases, Statutes, Regulations ◦ State cases going back to 1997 Fall Magistrate Training - S
    22. 22.  Available through GALILEO Fall Magistrate Training - J
    23. 23.  Federal Digital System - FDsys  – Library of Congress Fall Magistrate Training - S
    24. 24.  Newsletters and Blogs  RSS feeds ◦ YouTube video – “RSS in Plain English”  Feed readers ◦ Feedly ◦ Yahoo ◦ Feedburner  Now a Google product Fall Magistrate Training - J
    25. 25.  Dept. of Corrections Offender Search  Open Georgia – how state tax dollars are spent (state employee salaries)  Federal Statistics Fall Magistrate Training - S
    26. 26.  Sharon Bradley ◦  Jason Tubinis ◦