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11/9 “KeyCite” Seminar – Gift Card Drawing after Seminar

image of superhero womanThe Law Library KeyCite Legal Research Seminar is Thursday, November 9, 4:30pm-5pm, in Law Library Room A059.  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.

This will be the last live Law Library Legal Research Seminar this Fall 2017 semester.  Remember, Law Library Seminars are taught by Research Librarians, not vendor/company representatives.

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.
  • ** Each of the live Seminars will be available online, via Westlaw’s TWEN platform, approximately two weeks after the Seminar‘s live date.  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.

** Currently, there are 4 Law Library Legal Research Seminars on the TWEN platform:  Starting Research with Secondary Sources (12.5 points), Bluebooking (25 points), Terms & Connectors Searching (12.5 points), and Westlaw Overview (12.5 points).

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.

11/2 “Shepard’s” Seminar – Gift Card Drawing after Seminar

image of superhero womanThe Law Library Shepard’s Legal Research Seminar is tomorrow, Thursday, November 2, 4:30pm-5pm, in Law Library Room A059.  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, and discover the power of this legal citator service.

Remember, Law Library Seminars are taught by Research Librarians, not vendor/company representatives.

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.
  • Each of the live Seminars will be available online, via Westlaw’s TWEN platform, approximately two weeks after the Seminar‘s live date.  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:

  • 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 legal citator service.
  • Zotero – bonus online Seminar – available in November – 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.

10/26 “Lexis Advance Overview” Seminar – Gift Card Drawing after Seminar

image of superhero womanThe Law Library Lexis Advance Legal Research Seminar is Thursday, October 26, 4:30pm-5pm, in Law Library Room A059.  Leap beyond Google and harness the power of this legal research giant.  You’ll practice big box & pre-filtered searching, and see how to print/download/email search results.  This Seminar is particularly geared for 1Ls and students needing to better understand the basics of Westlaw.

Remember, Law Library Legal Research Seminars are taught by Research Librarians, not vendor/company representatives.

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.
  • Each of the live Seminars will be available online, via Westlaw’s TWEN platform, approximately two weeks after the Seminar‘s live date.  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:

  • 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 October – Do you have a big research project?  Get organized with reference management software.   You’ll see 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.

2Ls: Need Help Finding Your Old Addresses for the Bar Application?

If you plan to take the bar exam in Ohio, your Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission must be submitted by November 15, 2017 (or pay a penalty thereafter). Part of the application requires you to provide your past addresses and employment history, which can be done easily using the Public Records Search on Lexis Advance:

  1. Log onto www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool
  2. Click on “Go to Lexis Advance” and choose Public Records from the Explore Content box
  3. Start with “Locate a Person”
  4. Enter all the information (the LexID can be left blank). Be sure to enter your Social Security number with dashes.
  5. A report should appear with your name on the left side; click on your name and the search will return all of your prior addresses. Click on other links in the report to find additional information.

**You can only run these reports on yourself. You can use it for clinic work (to locate a witness, for example), but you are not permitted to run searches to find anyone else.***–Per our Lexis Rep, Jen Durkin. If you have questions or need help with anything else Lexis-related, email Jen at  jennifer.durkin@lexisnexis.com or call/text at 216.744.3690.