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February 2012 Bar Bulletin

Short and Sweet Timesaving Tips

By Kim Ositis
Reference Services Librarian


In keeping with this month's topic of Brevity, I wanted to share a few timesaving tips that I use every day and highlight one of our library services that can save you time (and sanity).

Keyboard shortcuts. I would be lost without Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste). Keyboard shortcuts are a great time saver. The right-hand mouse button also has some useful features. Hover over a link on a website and hit the right-hand mouse button for options such as Open in a New Window or select Copy Shortcut to quickly copy and paste a URL into a document: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449.

Text Shorthand. If you do any texting at all, you'll want to learn some basic text shorthand. This can save a lot of time, especially if you're using an older phone without a dedicated keyboard. This site is also a must-read if you have teenagers: http://www.netlingo.com/acronyms.php.

URL Shortening. Using a URL shortening service (such as TinyURL.com) is an excellent way to shorten an ungainly link for use in a print document or when facing a character limit, such as on Twitter. There are some limitations when using a shortened URL. Check out this Wikipedia article for more information and a list of reputable shortening services: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL_shortening.

Google Scholar. Click on the Advanced Scholar Search link for one-stop searching for case law from all 50 state courts and federal courts, as well as journals, academic books and more. According to the help pages, you can search for "published opinions of U.S. state appellate and supreme court cases since 1950, U.S. federal district, appellate, tax and bankruptcy courts since 1923 and U.S. Supreme Court cases since 1791:" http://scholar.google.com.


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