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


Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Always Available for You!

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.  The Seminars are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  You earn points for completing 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.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  Here are the currently available online Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law” for you, as well as cite primary authority. [17:02 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Westlaw Overview – [10:48 mins; 12.5 points] – Leap beyond Google and start to harness this legal research gtiant. Understand big box and pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • KeyCite – [10:16 mins; 12.5 points] – Why is a red flag different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? Learn how to use the Westlaw citator service to update and expand your research.
  • Lexis Advance Overview – [21:11 mins; 12.5 points] – One more time, leap beyond Google and start to harness this legal research gtiant. Understand big box and pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • Shepard’s – [11:54 mins; 12.5 points] – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow triangle, and what should you do when you see either one? Learn how to use the Lexis Advance citator service to update and expand your research.
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – Explore the power of search techniques beyond natural language searching. Learn the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements. [10:48 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bluebooking – For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation and style rules, as well as abbreviation and jurisdiction tables. [38:47 mins; 25 points]
  • Administrative Law – [29:59 mins; 25 points] Break through the mysteries of agency rulemaking and case adjudication. Learn the key resources for finding federal and Ohio agency regulations and decisions.
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, and learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic. [28:33 mins; 25 points]

For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.

Faculty – Pick Whether to Link to Westlaw or WestlawNext on TWEN

As you may know, case citations and other citations in documents uploaded to TWEN are automatically linked to the case or other document in Westlaw.  Now, faculty can select whether they want the links to  go to classic Westlaw or WestlawNext.  Currently, the default is to classic Westlaw.    Professors can set the links to go to WestlawNext by:

  • Clicking on Modify Course (F) in the lower left corner
  • Click on Modify Course Citation Markup Settings
  • Click on the box next to Activate WestlawNext Citation Markup
  • Click Save

Students are still unable to print WestlawNext documents to the Westlaw printer, so faculty may want to keep the option set to classic Westlaw.   When Westlaw enables the student Westlaw printer to be used for WestlawNext, faculty may want to switch to the WestlawNext option.

Westlaw appears to have added some more new features on TWEN including:

  • Allow faculty to allow students to run a document posted on the course page through Westcheck, which will check all the citations
  • Creating an RSS feed from a course document