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Archive for August 25th, 2015

What’s Up with the Bronze Plates in the Library?

photo-4What are those bronze pages at the entrance to the law library?  They are a sculpture by artist Jim Sanborn.  The pages are the artist’s visual history of the written law tracing the emergence of systems of justice in many cultures beginning with the sixth century BCE laws of Solon and ending with US Supreme Court decisions from the 20th Century.  Notable excerpts include the Chinese Code of T’ang (600), the Magna Carta (1240), the Iroquois Nations’ Book of the Great Law (1450), Marbury v. Madison (1802), Plessy v Ferguson (1872), and Furman v. State of Georgia (1972).  There are 14 bronze plates in all.

Fall 2015 Research Certificate Seminars

image of laptop, book & writing tabletThe Law Library has a great line-up of nine Research Certificate Seminars for C|M|LAW students this Fall 2015 semester, and another special prize opportunity.


Key points on our Seminars:

  • Students 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.
  • Students 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!

Unless otherwise indicated, each of the Research Certificate Seminars will be in-person and take place on Wednesdays.  Online Seminars may be made available later this semester.

Here is the complete listing of Fall 2015 semester Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • September 9th –  5pm-5:30pm – LL A059 –  Starting Ohio Legal Research with Ohio Jurisprudence & Practice Materials
  • September 16th –  5pm-5:30pm – LL 212 –  Finding Ohio Sources in Bloomberg, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext
  • September 23rd –  5pm-5:30pm – LL 212 –  Finding Ohio Cases & Statutes in Bloomberg, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext
  • Thursday, September 24th –  4:50pm-5:50pm – LL 212 –  Scholarly Writing & Research Management with Zotero –  Writing a research paper this semester?  We’ll examine resources and strategies for topic selection, preemption checks, in-depth research, interdisciplinary research, and footnote formats, as well as demonstrate research management with the free Zotero system.  Download Zotero to your laptap (via before the Seminar.
  • October 7th –  4:50pm-5:50pm – LL A059 –  Bluebooking –  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.
  • October 14th –  5pm-5:30pm – LL A059 –  Research Strategies for Efficiency & Organization
  • October 21st –  4:50pm-5:50pm – LL A059 –  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 – LL A059 –  Citation Research in Bloomberg, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext
  • November 4th –  4:50pm-5:50pm – LL A059 –  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,