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Archive for August, 2019

Law Library Closed on Labor Day

Cleveland State University including the law library will be closed on Monday September 2, 2019 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Doing Research? Think Research Guides

The first thought among many law students is to go directly to Bloomberg, Lexis, or Westlaw for research needs. While these databases are important to your research, widening your net in the search for information for your paper or other projects may be helpful.

When seeking information that you don’t know where to locate, think first of the law library’s research guides, which are subject-specific finding aids for locating resources on a topic. There is a direct link to the guides from the law library’s homepage.

The research guides also contain information on databases specific to the topic that may be of use to the researcher. The databases should be thought of in two broad categories: law databases and non-law databases. There is a link to the law databases from the law library’s homepage and the non-law databases (under the link ‘Research Databases’) from the Cleveland State Michael Schwartz (Main) Library’s homepage. The Schwartz library’s homepage link can also be found on the law library’s hompage.

The non-law databases contain full-text of articles and documents along with indexes and abstracts. The databases cover a wide range of topics and interests. Some of the databases have many sources, while others might only have one source (e.g. Newspaper Source vs. New York Times).

Consider using other law databases (e.g. HeinOnline) to find information that is beyond the coverage of Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw.

Not sure where to start in your research? Law Librarians are available to help during Research Services Hours:

  • Phone: 216-687-6877
  • Email:
  • or Chat

You can also Schedule a Research Consultation.


Need a Quick Charge?

If you’re in need of a quick charge on your phone or other electronic device, stop in the Law Student Lounge, located on the main floor of the library. Westlaw has provided us with a free-standing charging station with cables to accommodate many different types of devices. iPhone and Android charging cables are also available for check-out at the information services desk.

Election Board Seeks Workers for 11/5/19 Election

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections LogoThe Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is seeking election officials for the November 5th, 2019 General Election “to help staff the polls, transport ballots and materials, and maintain political balance.”  Available election official positions include Voting Location Manager, Voting Location Deputy, Precinct Election Official, and Bilingual Election Official.  To apply, complete the online application or call 216-443-3277.

By the way, the deadline to register to vote for the November 5th, 2019 General Election in the state of Ohio is 9pm EST, Monday, October 7th, 2019.  Online, you can register to vote and/or update your voter registration address at the Ohio Secretary of State Online Voter Registration System.  In-person, you can register to vote and/or update your voter registration address at Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Deputy Registrar License Agencies, as well as numerous Cuyahoga County schools and libraries – see this list.

Research Consultations Available from Law Library

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 WritingScholarship TechnologyFinding Articles in Law Reviews and JournalsBluebooking and Legal Writing SoftwareResearch Databases, and Citation Checking.


Finally, reference help is available in person, by e-mail at, or via chat (link on library home page), or via phone at 216-687-6877 from 9am-8pm M-Th and until 5pm on Friday,