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New Law Library DACA Resource Guide

Photo of 9/15/17 DACA demonstration in San Francisco.The Law Library has just created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resource Guide.  The guide was created to complement the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Cleveland State University Forum conducted September 28, 2017.  The Forum featured academic and legal experts who discussed the policy’s origins, its current status, and the practical implications for immigrants under DACA.

[Photo of 9/5/17 demonstration in San Francisco by Funcrunch.]

Lots of Databases to Choose From

Researching any area of law thoroughly means looking beyond just the usual Lexis or Westlaw. As a C|M Law student, you have access to a whole array of databases that cover legal specialties as well as inter-disciplinary subjects. For law databases, have a look at our Research Databases guide, which points you toward subject specialties like tax and accounting, securities, legislative history, and labor and employment. Many of these specialty databases are part of HeinOnline. For non-law databases, have a look at the Research Databases by Subject listing from the Michael Schwartz Library. Some interdisciplinary databases relevant to legal research include political science, health sciences, business, education, and economics.

ProQuest Congressional: For All of Your Legislative History Needs

ProQuest Congressional provides users with efficient, targeted access to the most comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information available anywhere online.

ProQuest Congressional [linked from our database page] is one of the best databases to use to answer any legislative history question. It is available on campus, or remotely with authentication (CSU ID and Pin). One great feature is compiled legislative histories.  A compiled legislative history means that someone else has gone to the trouble of gathering and organizing all the documents related to the passage of an important piece of legislation in one place.

For more information on conducting legislative history research, see our Legislative History Research Guide.

 

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

1Ls: The Library Can Help You Through Your First Year

1Ls will soon discover that law school classes are different than undergraduate classes.  In an undergraduate class, you typically have a textbook which sets out what you need to know in a fairly straightforward manner.  Law school classes use case books composed of judicial opinions.  It is up to you to read the cases, figure out the rule of law set forth in the case, and then arrange all the rules of law, from all the cases, into an outline (For more information on this—see yesterday’s post on How to Read a Legal Opinion).  At exam time, you apply your outline of the law to fact patterns written by your professor.

Study Aids (books and audio CDs) can help you identify the important points in a case, and synthesize the body of law.  Study aids contain discussions of the cases in your case book, outlines and sample exam questions.   You can check out study aids at the library!  Take a look at our Study Aids Guide or come to the circulation desk or research services office (LL112) to ask for help.   Study aids are in Room A066, (one level down from the first floor.  The first floor is the floor where you enter the library) and in reference on the 1st floor.  Digital study aids are available for some titles as well.

Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) can be of great help to 1Ls as well.  CALI contains interactive lessons—over 1,000 of them covering all years of law school and most topics.  CALI access is free but you will need to sign up using the school’s authorization code.

The librarians can also help you with your legal research assignments.  We look forward to helping you this year!  Librarians are available during Research Services Hours and can be reached in person in LL112 by the circulation desk or by phone (216) 687-6877, email research.services@law.csuohio.edu, or
chat .  For more in depth projects, you may want to schedule a research consultation.