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International Tax Law, 2nd ed.

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business has recently published the second edition of International Tax Law, edited by Andrea Amatucci, which discusses international tax law from the global perspective. This book, which consists of chapters authored by different legal scholars, begins with a discussion of the application of economic analysis to tax law, then provides an overview of tax law in general and covers administrative provisions and procedures related to tax law. International taxation is mostly based upon bilateral tax treaties that are designed to avoid the threat of double taxation (where a citizen residing in a foreign country is taxed by both that country and the home nation) along with issues related to tax collection procedures and the avoidance of the tax evasion. The chapter on double taxation conventions focuses on these treaties as well as the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) model tax convention,…

Law Library Brown Bag Series

Each semester the law library presents a series of presentations on legal research topics. These presentations are held at 12 noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Room 4 BLB. We will be offering the following sessions during the Fall 2012 semester:

1. Federal Legislative History Research
Tuesday, 9/25, Wednesday, 9/26, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Katy Stein, Reference and Research Librarian

2. Researching Federal Income Tax Law
Tuesday, 10/2, Wednesday, 10/3, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Chris Dykes, Reference and Research Librarian

 3. Federal Administrative Law Research
Tuesday, 10/9, Wednesday, 10/10, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Matt Mantel, Reference and Research Librarian

4. Advanced Databases Search Strategies
Tuesday, 10/16, Wednesday, 10/17, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Emily Lawson, Reference and Research Librarian

5. Power Searching on Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law
Tuesday, 10/23, Wednesday, 10/24, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Dan Baker, Reference and Research Librarian

Chris Dykes
Chair, Law Library Brown Bag Series Committee

On the Different Types of Lexis Sources

A couple of months ago, the good people at Lexis Advance finally added pre-search source selection functionality. And that's a good thing! I would like to applaud them for taking this step toward making Lexis Advance as good a legal research tool as Unfortunately, I don't believe they went far enough with this step, but to understand my criticism, you must first appreciate the different types of sources that LexisNexis has.Five Types of SourcesOfficially, there are only two types of sources available through the LexisNexis legal research systems: Individual Sources and Group Sources, the latter being merely a collection of the former. To prove this point, if you were to go to their Searchable Directory of Online Sources, you would notice that, at the bottom of the search form, it asks whether you want to "Display Individual Sources" or "Display Individual and Group Sources". However, unofficially, there are three other types of sources, and I wou…