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Archive for January 17th, 2017

Ohio Legislative History and More with Hannah Capitol Connection

hannah-capitol-connectionHannah Capitol Connection for Ohio legislative history research is available remotely for Cleveland Marshall students, faculty and staff, for educational use only. Just use the link in this post, or a link from the library webpage (under Law Databases), and you can get in from home using your CSU ID and PIN. Capitol Connection provides one-stop shopping for Ohio legislative history documents corresponding to bills and acts from 1989 forward.


What does Hannah Capitol Connection have that is not on the Ohio General Assembly’s webpage or elsewhere on the Internet? Among other things …


  • Coverage back to 1989. The Ohio General Assembly’s page only goes back to 1997.
  • Summaries of hearing testimony (When you pull up a bill, click on “Bill History”).
  • Hannah Report news articles corresponding to each bill.
  • Executive Orders back to 1999.
  • A fifty state search to find legislation pertaining to particular topics in all or some of the fifty states.
  • A search for bills and acts that actually changed a particular Ohio Revised Code section, not that merely mentioned the section in passing.

For more information on researching Ohio legislative history, see our Legislative History Research Guide.

Spring 2017 Law Library Legal Research Seminars

image of superhero womanThere’s a lot of activity this semester, including the Law Library offering nine Legal Research Seminars.  These Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.

Also, remember, there’s a special prize opportunity this 2016-2017 academic year!


Key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars – from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminars.  No worries!  All of your points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • You do not need to register to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • Unless otherwise noted, each of the Seminars will take place on Tuesdays, in Law Library Room A059.
  • We are offering several 30-minute Seminars, and a few 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars concern key research skills for students planning on working this 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.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is the complete list of Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • January 24, 4:30pm-5pm – Westlaw Refresher
  • February 7, 4:30pm-5pm – Lexis Advance Refresher
  • Wednesday, February 8, 4:30pm-5pm – Bloomberg Law Refresher
  • February 14, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Bluebooking
  • February 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Ravel Law Research System
  • February 28, 4:30pm-5pm – Fastcase Research System
  • March 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw
  • March 28, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” for Your Summer Associate Experience (60 mins. Laura)
  • April 4, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Getting Ready to Clerk – Features C|M|Law alumni who will discuss typical research projects done by clerks.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880,