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

Archive for May, 2019

Summer Reading and Viewing: Law-Related Fiction, Movies, and Documentaries Available in Law Library

Thinking about pleasure reading over the break? The Law Library has law-related books, movies, and documentaries. They are located on the 1st floor to the left (when entering the library) by the reference section. Videos can be checked out for one week and renewed online.

Also, don’t forget that plenty of fiction and other materials are available through the law library’s catalog (Scholar), OhioLINK, and SearchOhio. SearchOhio is the public library’s version of OhioLINK. By sharing resources, OhioLINK members now have access to an additional 9.5 million popular materials, and SearchOhio members have access to the circulating collection of OhioLINK. If an item you want is not available by searching the OhioLINK catalog, check the SearchOhio collection by clicking the “SearchOhio” icon on the upper right of the screen. Enter your ID and password just as you would when requesting OhioLINK materials, and the material will arrive in the same manner as any OhioLINK book would arrive. Fine policies differ somewhat; ask a library staff member for details.

Law Library Closed for Memorial Day

The Law Library will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 for Memorial Day.  The Law Library will be open normal summer hours on Saturday and Sunday: Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 9am-8pm.

Research Guides for Help with Summer Work

You probably have the basics of legal research down at this point, but when you start your summer clerkship or other legal position, you could be in for a surprise. You might be asked to research an area that’s unfamiliar to you. If so, you can turn to our research guides, kept current by law librarians. Research guides can provide good ideas for starting places (think secondary sources), as well as leads on the primary law. Topics include admin law, health law, labor and employment law, legislative history, and many more.

Don’t forget, you can always contact a reference librarian for more help.

Make Summer the Time to Practice Good Mental Health Habits

You know the saying – practice makes perfect. And as an aspiring lawyer, you also know that the legal profession is fraught with mental health issues. So why not make summer the time to conscientiously practice up on a couple good mental health habits so that these good habits will be a regular part of your life once you’re out of law school. Maybe you’ve been telling yourself you should start meditating. Or address your anxiety. Or change your drinking habits. Or practice yoga more. Summer’s the perfect time to start!

Here are some suggestions for books that might help you get started with good mental health habits this summer. All of these titles are from our Mental Health and Wellness Collection that’s located in the Ohio room. You can check out these titles and others any time.


Need Help with a Paper? Librarian Research Consultations Available

If you need help with a paper, the law library offers scheduled Research Consultations. Let us know what you have already completed and what areas you need help with, and a librarian will assist with finding resources and information. Most research consultations are approximately 30 minutes in length, depending on need.

The library has several research guides designed to assist you in starting your research: Scholarly Writing, Scholarship Technology, Finding Articles in Law Reviews and Journals, Bluebooking and Legal Writing Software, Research Databases, and Citation Checking.

Finally, reference help is available in person or via phone at 216-687-6877 from 9am-7pm M-Th and until 5pm on Friday (when classes are in session in the summer), by e-mail at, or via chat (link on library home page).