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


Ebook Study Aids Available for Checkout

The Law Library has a large number of ebook study aids and practice area materials available via the Overdrive platform. The titles include Practice Area, Gilbert’s, Q&A, Understanding [various areas of law], and Nutshells. Check them out!

As always, our reference librarians are available to help in our new Research Services (reference) office located in Room 112.

Plenty of Study Aids Available

AO66 in the law library–That’s where you can get all the study aids available in print and on CD ready for you to check out.  Some of the most popular titles include:  Understanding, Q&A, Examples and Explanations, Sum and Substance, Nutshells, and Emanuel’s Outlines.

If a title is checked out don’t fret because we may have a copy available for use in the library in the reference section on the first floor.  Finally don’t forget we also have a lot of study aids available online in our digital study aids collection—you don’t even have to be in the library to check those out!

Ebooks Available for Checkout

The Law Library has a large number of ebook study aids and practice area materials available via the Overdrive platform. The large number of titles include Practice Area Gilbert’s, Q&A, Understanding (various areas of law), and Nutshells. Check them out!

As always, our reference librarians are available to help in our new Research Services (reference) office located in room 112.

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.

Accessing Digital Study Aids

Screenshot of library homepage showing Study Aids link.It’s the beginning of a new semester and you have all new classes. Here is your friendly reminder that the Law Library offers a large number of ebook study aids and digital practice materials. The collection includes Gilbert’s, the Q&A series, Nutshells, and more. Each series offers study aids on a variety of legal topics, including your new classes. These digital resources are available via the Overdrive platform and can be accessed from anywhere. To access these materials, visit the Law Library homepage, click on the “Digital Study Aids” link under Quicklinks, then click on the “Overdrive platform” link. You will need to use your CSU login. The borrowing period for these materials is limited, but you can access them at home and they can be viewed on many different devices.