News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Archive for September, 2017


Casetext Training Session in October

2L Brittany Chung, our local Casetext Student Ambassador, will be hosting a Casetext demonstration training session in October.

The session is on Monday October 9 at 5pm in room A059 in the law library.

During each session participants will learn:

  • the basics of Casetext
  • how to set up a Casetext account
  • how to use Casetext
  • about CARA, the artificial intelligence feature for writing briefs

Refreshments will be served.

New Law Library DACA Resource Guide

Photo of 9/15/17 DACA demonstration in San Francisco.The Law Library has just created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resource Guide.  The guide was created to complement the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Cleveland State University Forum conducted September 28, 2017.  The Forum featured academic and legal experts who discussed the policy’s origins, its current status, and the practical implications for immigrants under DACA.

[Photo of 9/5/17 demonstration in San Francisco by Funcrunch.]

HeinOnline Has Many Great Research Resources

HeinOnline is an extremely useful database that includes a variety of resources. It can be accessed via the law library’s homepage under Quicklinks.

Consider using Hein when searching for ‘older’ information, especially if you’re experiencing difficulty finding results on Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg. One particularly useful database is the Law Journals Library (see screenshots above), which contains more than 2,200 law and law-related periodicals with comprehensive coverage from the start of each publication.

After accessing the Law Journal Library, a publication search can be performed or publications can be browsed by letter of the alphabet. Once inside the needed periodical, a search can be run or  the article citation can be used to go directly to the desired volume.

Check out previous posts on HeinOnline’s CFR and Federal Register Libraries and US Congressional Documents Library.

9/28 “Terms & Connectors” Seminar – Gift Card Drawing after Seminar

image of superhero womanThe Law Library Terms & Connectors Searching Legal Research Seminar is on Thursday, September 28, 4:30pm-5pm in Law Library Room A059.  Learn powerful key search techniques beyond natural language searching.  As you practice constructing searches using connectors in Lexis Advance & Westlaw, you’ll see amazing results!
Also remember the special prize for attendees of live Seminars – we have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card after each live Seminar.

Key points about Fall 2017 Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including LLM/MLS students.
  • You do not need to register to take a live Seminar – simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each live Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • All of the live Seminars will take place on Thursdays, in Law Library Room A059.  All but one of the live Seminars will be 30-minutes; one will be 60-minutes.
  • Each of the live Seminars will be available online, via Westlaw’s TWEN platform, approximately two weeks after the Seminar‘s live date.  Toward the end of September, connect to TWEN, then click the “Add Course” button, then add the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course to your “My Courses” list.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute live Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute live Seminar.  You earn points for “attending” an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you will be awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.

Remaining Fall 2017 Law Library Legal Research Seminar topics, dates & times:

  • Westlaw Overview – October 12, 4:30pm-5pm [1L geared; see description immediately below.]
  • Lexis Advance Overview – October 26, 4:30pm-5pm – Leap beyond Google and harness the power of these two legal research giants. You’ll practice big box & pre-filtered searching, and see how to print/download/email search results.
  • Shepard’s – November 2, 4:30pm-5pm [See description immediately below.]
  • KeyCite – November 9, 4:30pm-5pm – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? You’ll examine components of reports in Shepard’s (on Nov 2) and KeyCite (on Nov 9), and discover the power of these legal citator services.
  • Zotero – bonus online Seminar – available in late September – Do you have a big research project? Get organized with reference management software. You’ll practice how to save database records & web pages, and create & export records, in the freely-available Zotero.
Again, special prize for attendees of live Seminars – we will have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card after each live Seminar.
Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.

Lots of Databases to Choose From

Researching any area of law thoroughly means looking beyond just the usual Lexis or Westlaw. As a C|M Law student, you have access to a whole array of databases that cover legal specialties as well as inter-disciplinary subjects. For law databases, have a look at our Research Databases guide, which points you toward subject specialties like tax and accounting, securities, legislative history, and labor and employment. Many of these specialty databases are part of HeinOnline. For non-law databases, have a look at the Research Databases by Subject listing from the Michael Schwartz Library. Some interdisciplinary databases relevant to legal research include political science, health sciences, business, education, and economics.