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Law Librarians Heading to ORALL Conference

If you see fewer people in the library during the next few days it is because several librarians will be attending the annual Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries Conference (ORALL).  The conference is at Case Western Reserve University and will run from today through Friday.  Law Librarians from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky will be in attendance representing law school, law firm, state, county and city law libraries.

The highlight of the conference will be C|M| Law librarians Neeri Rao, Amy Burchfield and Brian Cassidy’s presentation “Creative Spaces:  The New Learning Commons At C|M|Law”.

10/12 “Westlaw Overview” Seminar – Gift Card Drawing after Seminar

image of superhero womanThe Law Library Westlaw Overview Legal Research Seminar is Thursday, October 12, 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:

  • Lexis Advance Overview – October 26, 4:30pm-5pm – Similar learning objectives as the “Westlaw Overview” Seminar, and 1L geared.
  • 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 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.

2 Legal Research Seminars on TWEN

image of superhero womanTwo of the Law Library Legal Research Seminars are now available for C|M|Law students 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.

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 answering 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.

You know you can always ask us questions, but, obviously, live Seminars have the advantage of you being able to ask questions in real time as you work on research exercises.  Also, no Quizzes at live Seminars, and we have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card after each live Seminar!

Here are the remaining live Law Library Legal Research Seminars this Fall 2017 semester:

  • 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.  [Lexis Advance – Shepard’s;  Westlaw – KeyCite.]

These Seminars will be added to the TWEN C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars Course approximately two weeks after the Seminar‘s live date.

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

Don’t Forget About Ebytes–Weekly in the Learning Commons

Ebytes are short demos on products or services that can be accessed via the law library. They take place every Wednesday from 12 pm-2 pm (see schedule below); drop by the Learning Commons at any point during that time for a short demo. Each week that you attend, you are entered into a contest for a $25 gift card. We are giving away three gift cards this semester (two more left–at the end of October and November.)

If you have any questions, contact Student Services Librarian Brian Cassidy at b.e.cassidy@csuohio.edu or 216-523-7364.

Remaining Schedule:

  • October 4 – Current Awareness Research With the Health Affairs Database
  • October 11 – Finding Law Review Articles
  • October 18 – Practical Law from Westlaw–Get Yourself Practice Ready
  • October 25 – Gale U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs
  • November 1 – Bluebooking Q&A
  • November 8 – ProQuest Congressional-For all your Legislative History Needs
  • November 15 – IT Questions and Answers

Puerto Rico Relief Goods Being Collected at the Law Library

The Hispanic Law Students Association is collecting goods for relief for Puerto Rico due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Maria.  The box to drop off at is at the law library circulation desk.

Here is a list of items they are looking to collect:

  • Bottled water
  • Canned food
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby food and formula
  • Pain relief medication
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • First aid kits
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Garbage bags
  • Towels