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


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.

Bluebook Research Certificate Seminar Tomorrow

bluebookThe Bluebooking Research Certificate Seminar is tomorrow, October 7th, 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room A059.  This Seminar will help take the mystery out of Bluebooking as we work through numerous citation examples and questions.  Case, statute, and secondary source citations will be covered.

Here are key points about the Law Library Research Certificate Seminars this Fall 2015 semester:

  • You do not need to register in order to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We will take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • We are offering several 30-minute, very focused Seminars, in addition to 60-minute, in-depth Seminars.  Hands-on exercises continue to be important features of our Seminars, so bring your laptop or iPad to get the most out of our discussion.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute Seminar.  [You cannot earn points for attending (in-person or online) the same Seminar twice.]  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law.  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 2015-2016 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Online Seminars may be made available later this semester.

Here is a list of the remaining Fall 2015 semester Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • October 14th –  5pm-5:30pm –  Research Strategies for Efficiency & Organization
  • October 21st –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Terms & Connectors Searching – Want to learn more in-depth methods for searching legal databases?  In this Seminar, we will work through many research issues and discuss how to construct effective terms & connectors search statements.
  • October 28th –  5pm-5:30pm –  Citation Research in Bloomberg, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext
  • November 4th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Administrative Law Research –  We’ll show you how to find regulations, administrative decisions, and agency guidance, as well as how to track pending regulations.  In addition to your laptop or iPad, bring your Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw passwords to get the most out of the discussion.

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

Citation Help for Treaties

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Fall semester is a busy time for law review and journal cite checking, as well as for writing notes and seminar papers. If you’re working with an international topic covered by a treaty, have a look at the research guide Frequently-Cited Treaties & Other International Instruments maintained by the University of Minnesota Law Library. The guide gives you the Bluebook citation for many of the main international treaties and agreements. The guide is organized by subject, covering general international law, human rights, environmental law, trade and economic law, intellectual property, criminal law, and European Union. It’s a great citation time-saver!