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Archive for the ‘Free Web Research’

Dead or Broken Link? The Wayback Machine Can Help

Have you ever come across a link for something interesting and been disappointed because the document is not found when you click on it? We at C|M|Law Library have had this happen several times of late working with patrons—one time a student was trying to cite check a law review article and another a patron was looking for a document cited in the Federal Register.

Websites change often and sometimes in the process of changing they may no longer have the information that the website once displayed. Link rot is a term sometimes used to apply to these situations where hyperlinks point to web pages, servers, or other resources that have become permanently unavailable. In these cases, The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine may be able to help. The Internet Archive is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “universal access to all knowledge.” The Internet Archive has numerous books (visual and audio), music, documentaries, and music among other things, including the Wayback Machine. The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet. Simply paste your URL into the Wayback Machine and it will reveal its content as it existed on certain days in the past.


Law Library Legal Research Seminars & Digital Badges

The Law Library has two upcoming live Legal Research Seminars particularly important for students who plan to work this summer.  Remember, each C|M|LAW student who earns 100 Legal Research Seminar points receives a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, as well as a Digital Badge that you can post to your LinkedIn page.

The Ohio Legal Research Crash Course is Thursday, March 29th, and Getting Ready to Clerk is Thursday, April 5th.  Each Seminar is 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room A059, and light refreshments will be provided.  In the Ohio Legal Research Crash Course, we’ll examine key Ohio research resources, and discuss effective strategies and best practices for their use.  In the Getting Ready to Clerk Seminar, legal practitioners will talk with you about research projects done by clerks and new associates – how projects are assigned, typical projects, and feedback to expect.  Each of these Seminars is worth 25 points.

The Law Library also has eight online Legal Research Seminars, available on the Westlaw TWEN platform, that students can “attend” at their convenience:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources (17:02 mins; 12.5 points)
  • Bluebooking (38:47 mins; 25 points)
  • Terms & Connectors Searching (10:48 mins; 12.5 points)
  • Lexis Advance Overview (21:11 mins; 12.5 points)
  • Shepard’s (11:54 mins; 12.5 points)
  • Westlaw Overview (20:03 mins; 12.5 points)
  • KeyCite (10:16 mins; 12.5 points)
  • Bioethics Research & Scholarly Writing (28:33 mins; 25 points)

Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition and Digital Badges.  Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880,

Online Access to State Legal Information

map of 50 US statesFollowing up on last week’s post about Sunshine Week, which focuses on freedom of information and government transparency, it is also important to highlight public access to state law. The Digital Access to Legal Information Committee of the American Association of Law Libraries maintains detailed tables of State Online Legal Information. The tables provide information about free online access to the essentials of state law: court opinions, session laws and statutes, and administrative registers and codes. For researchers relying on this access, it is important for them to know whether the online versions of these legal materials are official, authenticated, have guaranteed continued availability, and will be preserved. Each state, including the District of Columbia, has its own table. Check out Ohio.

ModioLegal: Listen to Law Related Articles on Your Phone

ModioLegal is a service that partners with legal publishers to convert news and current-awareness content to audio that subscribers can access through their phones. The articles are read word-for-word and delivered to users on the same day or next day after the article would have been received in print or in text online. ModioLegal uses human narrators: law students who are familiar with the subject matter.

The following publications are available on ModioLegal:

  • The Tax Lawyer (ABA)
  • ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute)
  • Litigation in Practice (by Judge Curtis Karnow)

More titles will be added in the future.

C|M|Law students and staff have trial access until Summer 2018. To sign up for free access today:

  • Go to
  • Click the Law School Portal button (right side of screen)
  • Enter the requested information
  • Login credential and instructions will be sent via email

Dietary Supplement Label Database

The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements and National Library of Medicine (NLM) have a Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD), which “contains the full label contents from a sample of dietary supplement products” currently marketed or discontinued in the U.S. Initially developed for scientists, this database, which covers about 17,000 supplements, will also be helpful to public health personnel and healthcare providers. DSLD data include contents and added ingredients from the supplement’s required Supplement Facts panel, along with directions for use, health-related claims, and cautions from the supplement’s label. The database provides Reference Links, Quick and Advanced searching, as well as alphabetical lists of ingredients, products, and contacts (i.e., manufacturer/distributor). DSLD files can be downloaded for use in Excel and several statistical packages (e.g., SPSS). For additional information, see the NLM DSLD Fact Sheet or the DSLD FAQ.