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Ravel and Fastcase Research Certificate Seminar Next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, March 8th –  from 4:50pm-5:50pm –  Using Ravel Law & Fastcase –  Law Library 212

Not everyone has Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, or WestlawNext at work.  This Seminar will examine content and search features of two “alternative” legal research systems.

Fastcase is available in the law library and law building.  You can access this next-generation legal research service here.

Fastcase provides comprehensive legal research services.  Using Fastcase, you can search through federal and state laws, regulations, cases, Attorney General opinions, HeinOnline law reviews, filings, court rules, constitutions, and selected newspapers.

Ravel is a new startup electronic legal research platform.  What makes this product different from other legal information providers is its uses of analytics technology to help add value to a search by identifying, contextualizing and interpreting legal information and cutting down search time.  Interested in giving the product a whirl?  Click [here] to sign up for a free student account using your .edu e-mail.

Here are key points about the Law Library Research Certificate Seminars this Spring 2016 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 a few 30-minute very focused Seminars, but most will be 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars will concern WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law, as well as key research strategies and resources for students planning on working this semester or during the 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.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Research Certificate, and you can earn multiple Certificates.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • If you earn a Certificate within the 2015-2016 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is a list of the remaining Spring 2016 semester Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • March 8th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Using Ravel Law & Fastcase –  Not everyone has Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, or WestlawNext at work.  This Seminar will examine content and search features of two “alternative” legal research systems.
  • Thursday, March 24th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Administrative Law & Legislative History Research Refresher –  This Seminar will help get you back up to speed in these commonly assigned legal research project areas.
  • March 29th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Ohio Legal Research for Your Summer Associate Experience –  This Seminar will discuss strategies and resources in Ohio legal research to help you ace your legal research projects.

Free Online Access to the Ohio Revised Code

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The full text of the Ohio Revised Code is available online for free at This site is maintained by LAWriter LLC, an online legal research service company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. LAWriter provides an unannotated version of Ohio’s statutes. Updates to the Ohio Revised Code are typically published 24-48 hours after codification. You can access the LAWriter site from the Ohio Legislature’s page by clicking on “Ohio Codes” under the “Laws” tab, or by visiting

There are a few options for locating statutes on LAWriter. You may browse the table of contents and click on the title, and then chapter, to narrow your browsing. If you already know what section you are looking for, you can use the “Go To” box and enter the section number. If you do not know which section you are looking for, then use the Search box instead. You can run a keyword search, and use terms and connectors to narrow your search. Click on the “help” button located under the Search box to learn more about browsing and searching on LAWriter.

LAWriter also features the full text of the Ohio Administrative Code, but does not include the Ohio Constitution (source: Ohio General Assembly).

For more tips on researching Ohio legislation, check out the Ohio Primary Law Research Guide.