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


Law & Gender, Journals & Databases

If you’re writing a seminar paper, independent study requirement, or note on a gender-related topic, we have plenty of resources for you. Secondary sources like journal articles are a great way to start your research, see what has and hasn’t been written, and get ideas for your own paper. Here is a list of some of the law and gender journals available to you. Check Scholar, the library catalog, to find out how to access each journal.

  • Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice
  • Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender
  • Columbia Journal of Gender and Law
  • Duke Journal of Gender, Law and Policy
  • Gender Issues
  • Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (formerly Harvard Women’s Law Journal)
  • Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law (formerly American University Journal of Gender and the Law)
  • Michigan Journal of Gender and Law
  • The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law
  • Yale Journal of Law and Feminism

Law and gender topics lend themselves to interdisciplinary research, so don’t limit yourself to the familiar law databases. The Michael Schwarz Library lists several core databases for women’s studies:

  • Gender Studies Database
  • GenderWatch
  • LGBT Life with Full Text
  • Viva Database
  • Women’s Studies International

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.

9/28 “Terms & Connectors” Seminar – Gift Card Drawing after Seminar

image of superhero womanThe Law Library Terms & Connectors Searching Legal Research Seminar is on Thursday, September 28, 4:30pm-5pm in Law Library Room A059.  Learn powerful key search techniques beyond natural language searching.  As you practice constructing searches using connectors in Lexis Advance & Westlaw, you’ll see amazing results!
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.  All but one of the live Seminars will be 30-minutes; one will be 60-minutes.
  • Each of the live Seminars will be available online, via Westlaw’s TWEN platform, approximately two weeks after the Seminar‘s live date.  Toward the end of September, 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:

  • 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.
  • Zotero – bonus online Seminar – available in late September – 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.

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.