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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.

Ebooks Available for Checkout

The Law Library has a large number of ebook study aids and practice area materials available via the Overdrive platform. The large number of titles include Practice Area Gilbert’s, Q&A, Understanding (various areas of law), and Nutshells. Check them out!

As always, our reference librarians are available to help in our new Research Services (reference) office located in room 112.

Ebytes Fall 2017– Wednesdays 12-2pm in Learning Commons

Ebytes are back this fall!  If you are not familiar with ebytes, they are short demos on products or services that you have access to via the law library.  Every Wednesday from 12 pm-2pm (see schedule below), you can drop in at any point during that time for a short demo.  Each week you stop by you are entered into a contest for a $25 gift card.  We are giving away 3 gift cards this semester (at the end of September, October, and November.)

If you have any questions, contact Student Services Librarian Brian Cassidy at or 216-523-7364.


  • August 23th – The Catalog: Finding and Requesting Materials
  • August 30th – Social Media at the Law Library
  • September 6th – How Research Guides Can Help You Research Better
  • September 13th – Using History and Folders on Lexis and Westlaw
  • September 20th – Using Alerts on Westlaw and Lexis
  • September 27th – No Question Too Big or Small-Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Help
  • October 4th – Current Awareness Research With the Health Affairs Database
  • October 11th – Finding Law Review Articles
  • October 18th – Practical Law from Westlaw-Get Yourself Practice Ready
  • October 25th – Gale U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs
  • November 1st – Bluebooking Q&A
  • November 8th – ProQuest Congressional-For all your Legislative History Needs
  • November 15th – IT Questions and Answers

CSU Hosts Digital Commons + Great Lakes User Group 2017 Meeting

Cleveland State University hosted the 2017 Digital Commons + Great Lakes User Group (DC+GLUG) annual meeting in the Student Center Ballroom on July 28. More than 40 librarians who use Bepress’s Digital Commons to host their Institutional Repositories (IRs) came from as far as the University of Western Ontario (Canada) and the University of Iowa. Participants presented on various IR topics, including digital special collections, faculty-assisted IR submissions, and marketing Digital Commons collections.

The meeting concluded with a presentation from a Digital Commons representative, who explained new and upcoming features that will be provided within the platform, such as search improvements, streaming media, and a ‘Contact’ button on professors’ profiles so that they can be contacted quickly and easily if a reader is interested in learning more about their research.

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Real or Fake? Check Your Skills

question marks in various colorsHave a few minutes of downtime, or need a break from bar prep? Test your skills at identifying fake news. “Fake news” isn’t new, but it has been getting a lot of attention recently. According to this story from NPR, veteran journalist Maggie Farley decided to create a game to test a reader’s ability to discern credible news from deceptive pieces. Her idea originally targeted middle and high school students, but later expanded the audience to everyone after consulting with the game lab at American University. The open source result, Factitious, presents various news stories and players must decide if the stories are real or fake. The game then provides the answer, information about the sources, and tips for spotting fake news. Check it out!