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Archive for May, 2020

Law Library Summer Virtual Service Hours

Virtual Library Service for Summer Semester 

Mon-Thurs:  9am-6pm
Friday: 9am-5pm

Exception: July 3, no service

Contribute to the C|M|LAW COVID-19 Archive

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is a historic crisis that has brought unprecedented changes to our world, and future generations will want to understand how we coped with the enormous challenges we are facing. This project is an attempt to capture and document the impact of, and our responses to, the events surrounding this crisis.

Your contribution can help researchers of the future to understand the social and economic effects of the pandemic on the C|M|LAW community. We are collecting materials in a digital format created by C|M|LAW students, staff, faculty, alumni, and affiliates during these extraordinary times. The materials will be housed in the university’s institutional repository Engaged Scholarship.

Your submission can be anything you’re willing to share: notes, poems, drawings, photos, interviews, videos, etc. Even seemingly uneventful experiences that have become our ‘new normal’ will be of great interest to researchers in the future, so please feel free to submit anything that’s meaningful to you! You can submit as many items as you like.

More information is available here, including the link to the submission form.

Law Library Closed for Memorial Day

The virtual law library will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 25.

Please Note:  The virtual law library will be closed as well on Saturday, May 23.  On Sunday May 24, email and phone messages will be checked between 9am-5pm.

Brush Up Skills with Law Library Online Legal Research Seminars

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeKeeping research skills honed is important when in class or at work.  Law Library Legal Research Seminars cover Westlaw, Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law, as well as many topical legal research areas such as legislative history.  Several Seminars emphasize cost-effective research or include a social justice research issue.  Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students, and are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  You earn points for completing an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar’s quiz.  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 Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  Here are the currently available online Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • The Bluebook: Citing to Basic Sources
  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources**
  • Terms & Connectors Searching**
  • Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw**
  • Lexis Overview
  • Shepard’s
  • Westlaw Overview
  • KeyCite
  • Practical Law from Westlaw
  • Bloomberg Law Overview
  • Administrative Law
  • Cost-Effective Federal Legislative History: and**
  • Researching Foreign Law
  • Tax Law Research
  • Health Law & Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing
  • HeinOnline
  • Scholar Catalog

** Social Justice track Seminar.  For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.

Cleveland Law Library: An Additional Resource for Practitioners

Some of you who stopped by our Open House at the end of January may have met our good friends at the Cleveland Law Library. Upon graduating, you may want to consider becoming a member. Members of the Cleveland Law Library get access to Lexis and Westlaw available for in-person use at the library. Click here for a complete list of all databases available to members. Currently they are offering free online access to Lexis until the end of June for members.

Cleveland Law Library membership can be especially valuable if you are considering solo practice or working at a small firm.