News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


Bluebooking Seminar: Top Takeaways

image of the cover of the bluebookThe most recent Legal Research Seminar, held on February 14th, covered everyone’s favorite topic, Bluebooking. In case you missed it, here are some of the top takeaways:

  1. The Bluepages contain the basic rules you need for citation in non-academic legal documents. The Whitepages contain the more detailed and complex rules needed for citation in academic writing, such as law reviews.
  2. Cite to the official version of the statutory compilation. For the United States Code that would be U.S.C., and not U.S.C.A. or U.S.C.S. However, Ohio has two compilations, both annotated and commercially produced. You may cite to either, but you must include the publisher in the parenthetical. For example, citing Baldwin’s Ohio Revised Code Annotated will look like this: Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 4301.22 (West 2016).
  3. When citing a span of statutory sections, you must use two section symbols (§) like this: 17 U.S.C. §§ 301-305 (2012).
  4. Supra can be used after an authority has been previously fully cited. However, it should not be used for cases, statutes, constitutions, and a few other sources. Rule 4.2 of the Whitepages lists the sources that it may be used for. Using supra in the footnotes of lengthy academic papers is helpful for your readers.
  5. Rule 18 of the Whitepages covers Internet and Other Nonprint Resources, and was significantly updated for the most recent edition of the Bluebook to accommodate the increasing use and variety of e-resources. According to Rule 18.2.1, you may cite some internet sources as if you are citing to the original print source. This means you would not need to include the URL. The digital source must be an authenticated, official, or exact copy of the original print source.
  6. You don’t want to purchase a Bluebook? The Law Library has copies available for you to borrow. You could also try the free citation guide from Cornell LII.

Do you have more Bluebooking questions? Check out the E-bytes Bluebooking Q&A on Tuesday, February 21st between 12pm and 2pm. Drop in any time during the two-hour window and a librarian armed with the latest Bluebook will help answer your questions.

2/14 Bluebooking Seminar

image of female superheroWouldn’t it be nice to understand and love Bluebooking?  Come to the Bluebooking Law Library Legal Research Seminar tomorrow, Tuesday, February 14th, 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room A059.  Attending this hour-long Seminar will earn you 25 points toward a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition.

 

Here are key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars – from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminars.  No worries!  All of your points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including MLS/LLM students.
  • You do not need to register to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • Unless otherwise noted, each of the Seminars will take place on Tuesdays, in Law Library Room A059.
  • We are offering several 30-minute Seminars, and a few 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars concern key research skills for students planning on working this summer.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute Seminar.  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 are awarded a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is a list of the remaining Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • February 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Ravel Law Research System
  • February 28, 4:30pm-5pm – Fastcase Research System
  • March 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw
  • March 28, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” for Your Summer Associate Experience (60 mins. Laura)
  • April 4, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Getting Ready to Clerk – Features C|M|Law alumni who will discuss typical research projects done by clerks.

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

Spring 2017 Law Library Legal Research Seminars

image of superhero womanThere’s a lot of activity this semester, including the Law Library offering nine Legal Research Seminars.  These Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.

Also, remember, there’s a special prize opportunity this 2016-2017 academic year!

 

Key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars – from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminars.  No worries!  All of your points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • You do not need to register to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • Unless otherwise noted, each of the Seminars will take place on Tuesdays, in Law Library Room A059.
  • We are offering several 30-minute Seminars, and a few 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars concern key research skills for students planning on working this summer.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute Seminar.  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 are awarded a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is the complete list of Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • January 24, 4:30pm-5pm – Westlaw Refresher
  • February 7, 4:30pm-5pm – Lexis Advance Refresher
  • Wednesday, February 8, 4:30pm-5pm – Bloomberg Law Refresher
  • February 14, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Bluebooking
  • February 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Ravel Law Research System
  • February 28, 4:30pm-5pm – Fastcase Research System
  • March 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw
  • March 28, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” for Your Summer Associate Experience (60 mins. Laura)
  • April 4, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Getting Ready to Clerk – Features C|M|Law alumni who will discuss typical research projects done by clerks.

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

10/19 “Bluebooking” Seminar

image of laptop, book & writing tabletThe Bluebooking Law Library Research Certificate Seminar is Wednesday, October 19th, 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room A059.

 

Here are key points about the Law Library Research Certificate Seminars this Fall 2016 semester:

  • Law Library Research Certificate Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including MLS/LLM students.
  • You do not need to register to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • Each of the Seminars will take place on Wednesdays, in Law Library Room A059.
  • We are offering several 30-minute Seminars, and a couple 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars will concern Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute Seminar.  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 are awarded a Law Library Research Certificate, and you can earn multiple Certificates.
  • If you earn a Certificate within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is a list of the remaining Fall 2016 Research Certificate Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • October 26, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Terms & Connectors Searching
  • November 2, 4:30pm-5pm – BCite (ie, Bloomberg Law’s Citator)
  • November 9, 4:30pm-5pm – Shepard’s
  • November 16, 4:30pm-5pm – KeyCite

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

The New Bluebook Table 13 on Periodical Names

If you’re writing a seminar paper or journal note, chances are you’ll cite to a periodical at some point and you’ll refer to Bluebook table 13 (T13). T13 helps you correctly abbreviate the title of the journal, so you can refer to it in your footnotes. In the new 20th edition, the Bluebook editors have streamlined T13. The new T13 is broken down into two parts – T13.1 Institutions and T13.2 Common Words. With the 19th edition, T13 listed out the names of many individual periodicals with their abbreviation. The new T13 asks you to create the abbreviation from scratch, taking the abbreviation for the institution word (Cleveland, for example) from T13.1 and combining it with any needed common words (State, Law and Review, for example) to create the abbreviation – Clev. St. L. Rev. One thing to note – not all institutions are abbreviated in T13.1. If you don’t see the institution listed in T13.1, don’t make up an abbreviation! For example, Fordham Law Review is Fordham L. Rev., not Ford. L. Rev.