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BNA Tax Practice Library

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The LA Law Library is pleased to offer our in-house users the BNA Tax Practice Library.

Please be advised you will be accessing the service through the library's account.

Consequently certain information in the account will be accessible by other in-house library users, such as Search History log, Client or Project names, etc.

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BNA Labor and Employment Law Library

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The LA Law Library is pleased to offer our in-house users the BNA Labor and Employment Law Library.

Please be advised you will be accessing the service through the library's account.

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BNA Corporate Practice Library

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The LA Law Library is pleased to offer our in-house users the BNA Corporate Practice Library

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LA Law Library Internet Rules

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GENERAL AND ACCEPTED PRINCIPLES ON PUBLIC INTERNET USAGE

In order to ensure that the patrons of the LA Law Library have adequate access to the resources of the Internet, the Board of Law library Trustees of Los Angeles County adopts the following General & Accepted Principles on Public Internet Usage.

Access to the Internet is provided for the purposes of researching the law, conducting one’s legal affairs, and accessing government information sites. The Library will not place limitations on the content of information patrons are seeking on the Internet. Due to First Amendment considerations, the Library will not install software filters nor will its staff systematically monitor usage. However, staff may monitor Library terminals for possible assistance, security purposes, and enforcement of Library policies and procedures.

Use of the Library’s public terminals to access the Internet shall be guided by the following principles: (1) respect for the privacy of others; (2) attention to the legal protection provided by copyright and licenses; (3) consideration for the security and functioning of the Library’s computer networks and of the Internet.

The Library may adopt policies and procedures to implement these principles. To do so, the Library may place limitations on time and manner of accessing the Internet. All electronic traffic originating from or received on the Library’s public terminals shall be in accordance with the general and accepted principles. Violation of these principles, policies, and procedures may result in the loss of internet privileges.

The Library reserves the right to enforce all policies and procedures regarding public terminal usage.

Unacceptable Use

  1. It is not acceptable to use the Internet on the Library’s public terminals for any purpose which violates Federal or state laws to transmit threatening, obscene, or harassing materials, to interfere with or disrupt users of the Library’s materials, services or equipment, or to interfere with or disrupt the Internet or its users. Disruption includes, but is not limited to, propagation of computer worms and viruses, and using the Internet to make unauthorized entry into any other computer. Illegal acts using the Library’s public terminals may be subject to prosecution by local, state, or Federal authorities.

  2. United States copyright law (Title 17 U.S.C.) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principle of “fair use.” Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials, including but not limited to electronic mail, text, images, programs, or data, without the explicit permission of the copyright holder, except as permitted by the principle of “fair use.” Responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user. The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.

 

TERMINAL PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES

Before using the Library’s terminals to access the Internet and other electronic resources, please carefully read theses procedures and guidelines, the library’s General & Accepted Principles on Public Internet Usage and Public Internet Use Disclaimer. The purpose of these documents is to ensure that our users have reasonable access to the Library’s electronic resources while respecting the rights of others.

  1. Access to the Library’s electronic resources, including the Internet, is available from designated terminals at each Library at all times that the library is open, up to five (5) minutes before closing.

  2. Terminals are available on a first come, first served basis.

  3. Users must personally sign in to use a terminal showing an acceptable form of photo identification.

  4. Users may use the terminal for one hour. A user may not sign-in for more than one public terminal at a time. If a user wishes to use the terminal for another hour, user must re-sign in for the terminal. There is a maximum of two sign ins per day, per user. If all terminals are in use and there is a request for a terminal, the user must wait for a terminal to become free.

  5. Users accessing the Internet on the Library’s public terminals may not represent themselves to be another person.

  6. A parent or legal guardian must consent to use for person under 18 at the time of using the terminal.

  7. By mutual agreement, no more than two persons may share one Library terminal as long as the user who signed up for the terminal uses the terminal and their behavior or conversation does not disturb other users or Library staff.

  8. Interactive services such as games, chat rooms, newsgroups, or Instant Messaging are not allowed. The Library does not provide e-mail accounts.

  9. Operating a business from the public terminals is prohibited.

  10. Soliciting funds or selling products and services is prohibited.

  11. Distributing advertising or bulk e-mail from the public terminals is prohibited.

  12. The Library will provide audio access to web sites. Audio access is allowable only from websites that fall within the Library’s guidelines and procedures. Personal headphones may only be plugged into a terminal’s audio adaptor jack and nowhere else.

  13. Users may not install software on the terminals nor may they run any programs from outside storage devices or CD-ROMs. Users may not alter terminal or printer hardware or alter the configuration of any software in any way. Peripheral devices such as an iPod or outside printer may not be attached to a Library terminal or printer.

  14. Files may not be downloaded onto the hard drives of public terminals. Files may either be downloaded to an external storage device such as a floppy disk or USB drive or printed out using a Library printer.

  15. The public terminals and printers may not be used in any way that damages the hardware or software.

  16. Users are expected to use the Internet with minimal guidance from the Library staff. Due to staffing limitation, the Library cannot offer in-depth training concerning the general Internet, computer jargon, or personal computer use.

  17. By signing up to use a public terminal, users agree to abide by these procedures and guidelines as well as the library’s General & Accepted Principles on Public Internet Usage and Public Internet Use Disclaimer. If a staff member notices that a posted Library procedure or guideline is not being followed, the user will receive one warning. If the user continues the behavior, they will be asked to leave the Library for the current day. Should the behavior continue repeatedly, the user may lose computer terminal privileges.

PUBLIC INTERNET USE DISCLAIMER

The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and information content. Its resources contain a wide variety of materials and opinions from varied points of view. It offers access to materials that may be personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals, as well as access to some materials that may be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, and current information. The Library does not monitor and has no control over information accessed through the Internet. It is not responsible for changes in content of the sources to which it links, nor for the content of sources to which it links, nor for the content of sources access through secondary links. 

Parents or legal guardians are solely responsible for deciding which Internet resources are appropriate for their children. The Library will not filter or electronically monitor anyone’s use of the Internet. 

The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, loss of data, or loss of privacy, arising from the use of the Internet resources. Files downloaded from the Internet may contain viruses and you need to have virus-checking software on your home or business computer. 

By signing up and using the Library public terminals, you agree to abide by Library policies regarding public terminal use. You also agree and acknowledge that the Library assumes no liability for, and hereby release any claims against the Library for any loss or damage to any personal data or damage or injury arising from invasion of privacy in personal computer accounts, programs, or files, or in the case of minors, for their access to inappropriate visual or other materials. You agree to release any claims against the Library and agree to hold the Library free and harmless for your use of the Internet.

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Understanding an Internet Document

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Broadly speaking, the "Browser" is the application which helps you to access documents made available to the public on thousands of servers throughout the United States and abroad.

Browsers interpret the information found at a location known as a "URL" ( 'you are el') and present it as a document using text, fixed images and, if supported, sound and video. As you look at the monitor, your browser window has seven distinct sections.
Starting from the top:

Menu Bar
The Menu Bar contains the pull-down menus for manipulating the application. It will allow you to open additional screens, print, download the document to disk, enlarge or shrink windows. The Go menu will list all the documents that have been viewed.

Tool Bar
The Tool Bar contains the toolbar buttons with the little pictures and words that help to navigate both on the Internet and within the document. The Back button with the left facing arrow takes you to the document you were looking at just previously. The Forward is frequently shadowed out, but if available will take you to the document you were looking at prior to going back at least one document. Reload will refresh the document if the transfer is interrupted or if new information is being added to a dynamic site. Open provides a prompt box for entering a known URL and then accessing the document. Print will open the prompt for printing the document currently before you. Find allows you to search within the document for a word or phrase by providing a prompt for the term(s) sought. This can be particularly helpful should the document be long. Stop allows you to stop the loading of the document. Some documents which are either long in text or rich in images can load agonizingly slowly and you may want to cancel the entire effort. You may check determine how long the document will take to load by checking the progress bar at the lower left of the screen.

Location Field
The Location Field displays the URL, the address of the document on the screen. To go to another document one can either click on an embedded hyperlink which is most frequently displayed as an an underlined color or directly type in a known URL into the location field. URL addresses will also appear in the progress bar at the bottom of the screen as you pass the mouse cursor over a hyperlink.

Document
The Document takes up the largest portion of the screen and can be considered as the page display. The document is where you will find the text, pictures and the hyperlinks. When a browser application is initially launched, a "home page" appears. "Home" is selected in the Options menu under "General Preferences." It is possible to select any page on the web or to design your own as that particular terminal's home page. "Home" is relative, so the home page of the terminal you are using, should you be reading this page from outside the Los Angeles County Law Library, will take you to that particular terminal's home page. Just to confuse you a bit more, "Home" within a document is also the conventional term used for the opening web-site to a multi-site location.

Scroll Bar
The Scroll Bar(s) will be found along the right (and less frequently, bottom) margin(s) of the document, if the document is longer (and wider) than the terminal's screen or the window size you have selected. By dragging the gray rectangle within the scroll bar up or down, you can move up or down in the document. You may also move up or down within the document by clicking on the small up and down arrows at either end of the scroll bar or by pressing the "Page Up" and "Page Down" buttons on an extended keyboard. The size and location of the rectangle within the scroll bar is a visual clue to the size of and your location within the document: the smaller the rectangle, the larger is the document; the closer to the top the rectangle is, the closer you are to the beginning of the document.

PROGRESS BAR
The Progress Bar is the found in lower most section of the frame to the left of a small key. The key indicates whether the document is in any way encrypted. In most cases, documents are not encrypted and the key appears "broken."

The progress bar will most often display the phrase "Document: Done" to indicate that the document has fully downloaded. However, the window can also present data on how rapidly the document is downloading. On longer documents, a time estimate may be given. Occassionally, too-clever document writers will have distracting messages scrolling through the progress bar.


GETTING ONTO THE INTERNET

There are two ways to go to documents on the Internet: Hyperlinks and typing in the URL.

Hyperlinks may be the easiest wasy to get started. Hyperlinks are highlighted portions of text or image, which, if the mouse is pointing to it, will cause writing to appear in the progress bar. The hyperlinks connect the document you are looking at with another part of the document you are looking at, another document written by the same author or another possibly related document elsewhere in the world. By clicking on the highlighted portion of the text or image, the reader will have the requested document appear on the screen, quickly, slowly or possibly not at all. Hyperlinks can be found embedded text or separated out. Both work in the same manner.

A more direct route for reaching the desired document is to type in the web address or URL. Typing in the URL requires that you know the address of the desired location, but once you have the URL, type it by pointing the cursor in the location field clicking once and then typing in the address.


FINDING INTERNET ADDRESSES

An alarming and growing number of search engines, web-crawlers and Internet indexes exist to help you find Internet addresses. Most simply, by entering keywords into a search engine such as "Google" will search out web-sites which either contain the words searched for or have been indexed using that word.

An enormous list will appear, e.g. "Clinton" or "taxes" will bring up 1000's of "hits" or addresses, while a far less well-known and uncommon last name or series of words may have a dozen hits. Each search engine should have its own help section to instruct the searcher on better search strategies. These should be looked at, especially to avoid the searches that bring up 1000's of hits. 


OTHER GUIDES TO HOW TO USE THE INTERNET

University of California-Berkeley's Guides

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Branches / Partner Locations

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We hope you have a chance to visit our satellite locations across all parts of Los Angeles County, from Lancaster to Long Beach. At these locations you’ll find many of the same resources and services at the Main Library, but closer to your home or office. Resources and services may vary by location.

Each of these locations offers free public computers with access to legal research databases and staff available to assist you. Some locations are open on weekday evenings and Sundays.

Please click the name of any of the locations below to find out more!

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Parking / Directions

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Parking:

The LA Law Library has no designated free parking for its users. Parking is conveniently located at 108 N. Hill Street on the corner of 1st. & Hill St. directly across the street from the Stanley Mosk Court House. 

Directions:

The LA Law Library is located on the corner of 1st and Hill across the street from the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. For driving directions, please click here.

Our Address is:

301 West 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Main Phone Number:

213-785-2529

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