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Research Skills for Work & Class – Law Library Seminars on TWEN

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Are you working this semester break or Spring semester?

Do you want to get a leg up on upcoming classes?

 

Enhance your research skills with Law Library Legal Research Seminars on the TWEN platform!

 

Available Law Library Legal Research Seminars on TWEN:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources (12.5 points)
  • Bluebooking (25 points)
  • Terms & Connectors Searching (12.5 points)
  • Westlaw Overview & KeyCite (12.5 points @)
  • Lexis Advance Overview & Shepard’s (12.5 points @)

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 points for a TWEN Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  [You cannot earn points for attending – live or TWEN – the same Seminar twice.]

Remember, your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  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.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

4 Legal Research Seminars on TWEN

image of superhero womanFour of the Law Library Legal Research Seminars are now available on the Westlaw TWEN platform:

* Starting Research with Secondary Sources (12.5 points) –  Why recreate the wheel?  Secondary sources can help you get a leg up on your legal research.  This Seminar examines key secondary sources, and explores best practices for their use.

* Bluebooking (25 points) –  You and The Bluebook can be friends.  Learn to effectively use it for faster legal drafting.  This Seminar explains how to apply citation & style rules, and abbreviation & jurisdiction tables.

* Terms & Connectors Searching (12.5 points) –  Learn powerful key search techniques beyond natural language searching.  This Seminar demonstrates how to construct searches using connectors in Lexis Advance & Westlaw, and you’ll see amazing results.

* Westlaw Overview (12.5 points) – Leap beyond Google and harness the power of this legal research giant.  This Seminar highlights big box & pre-filtered searching, and shows how to print/download/email search results.

To “attend” an online Seminar, simply connect to TWEN and add the “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars Course” to your TWEN Course list.  Then connect to the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars Course, and view a Seminar.  To earn Seminar points, you need to correctly answer 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz, and you can take the quiz multiple times.  Additional Seminars will be added to the TWEN C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars Course throughout this Fall 2017 semester.

Of course, you can always ask us questions after doing an online Seminar, but obviously, live Seminars have the advantage of you being able to ask questions in real time.  Also, no Quizzes at live Seminars, and we have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card after each live Seminar!  We have one remaining live Law Library Legal Research Seminar this Fall 2017 semester:

  • 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 KeyCite, and discover the power of this Westlaw legal citator service.

Remember, when you earn 100 points – from online and/or live Law Library Legal Research Seminars – you will be awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

Law & Gender, Journals & Databases

If you’re writing a seminar paper, independent study requirement, or note on a gender-related topic, we have plenty of resources for you. Secondary sources like journal articles are a great way to start your research, see what has and hasn’t been written, and get ideas for your own paper. Here is a list of some of the law and gender journals available to you. Check  Scholar, the library catalog, to find out how to access each journal.

  • Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice
  • Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender
  • Columbia Journal of Gender and Law
  • Duke Journal of Gender, Law and Policy
  • Gender Issues
  • Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (formerly Harvard Women’s Law Journal)
  • Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law (formerly American University Journal of Gender and the Law)
  • Michigan Journal of Gender and Law
  • The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law
  • Yale Journal of Law and Feminism

Law and gender topics lend themselves to interdisciplinary research, so don’t limit yourself to the familiar law databases. The Michael Schwarz Library lists several core databases for women’s studies:

  • Gender Studies Database
  • GenderWatch
  • LGBT Life with Full Text
  • Viva Database
  • Women’s Studies International

Fall 2017 Law Library “Legal Research Seminars”

image of superhero womanThis Fall 2017 semester, the C|M|LAW Library is conducting seven live Legal Research Seminars.  We will also offer each of these live Seminars in an online format approximately two weeks after the Seminar‘s live date.  Special prize for live Seminar attendees – we will have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card at the end of 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.

Complete list of Fall 2017 Law Library Legal Research Seminar topics, dates & times:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – September 7, 4:30pm-5pm – Why recreate the wheel? Secondary sources can help you get a leg up on your legal research. You’ll examine key secondary sources, and explore best practices for their use.
  • Bluebooking – September 21, 4:50pm-5:50pm – You and The Bluebook can be friends. Learn to effectively use it for faster legal drafting. As you practice writing citations, you’ll discover how to apply citation & style rules, and abbreviation & jurisdiction tables.
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – September 28, 4:30pm-5pm – 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.
  • 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 live Seminar attendees – we will have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card at the end of each live Seminar.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

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 b.e.cassidy@csuohio.edu or 216-523-7364.

Schedule:

  • 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