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

Archive for September, 2020

Finding Articles in Law Reviews and Journals

Our guide on Finding Articles in Law Reviews and Journals is a great resource to use before beginning your paper research. Both types of articles allow the researcher to get analysis of issues but also the ability to mine useful citations in your research. Three additional tips for working with law reviews and journals:  

  • Search your keywords in the Title field/segment in Westlaw or Lexis
  • Keycite (Westlaw) or Shepardize (Lexis) the citation of a useful law review to get more useful primary and secondary sources
  • If looking for an older law review or journal beyond the coverage of Westlaw and Lexis, check HeinOnline

Be sure to check out our other research guides.

Finding a Judge’s Opinions With the Context Feature in Lexis+

With the recent passing of Justice Ginsburg, we thought we’d offer a tip for those interested in reading her opinions. Today we look at Lexis+’s Context feature, which uses language analytics to find the most relevant information. Context is particularly helpful for information on judges.

To find information and decisions on Justice Ginsburg, log in to Lexis+. At the top left of the screen is a block or grid made up of 9 dots, which is the product switcher—click on it and choose Context.

Once in Context, type “Ruth Bader Ginsburg” in the search box.

  • The Overview displays Justice Ginsburg’s judicial and other experience and education, a breakdown of the opinions she wrote by area of law, a graph showing the amount of opinions she wrote per year, and a list of all of the documents she either authored or participated in writing, including opinions, her dockets, news articles about her, and more.
  • The next tab is for Justice Ginsburg’s Analytics. There is no motion information (because she was a justice), but there is great information if you click on “Citation Patterns,” where you will find the opinions she most frequently cited—and specifically the parts of each case that she cited.
  • The next tab is Documents, which displays all of the documents and other sources related to Justice Ginsburg. This section is completely searchable so you can find exactly what you want. For example, to see all the opinions (including dissenting opinions) that Justice Ginsburg wrote, click on “Search Within Results” and type “writtenby (Ginsburg)” in the box and click Search. 

If you have any questions, reach out to your librarians, our Lexis rep Jenn Durkin, or Lexis’ 24/7 customer support.

How to Find All of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Opinions in Westlaw

With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently, we decided to offer a legal research tip since some readers may be interested in reading her opinions.

In Westlaw, go to US Supreme Court cases and run these searches as advanced searches:

  • For rulings by Justice Ginsberg:

               adv: JU(ginsburg) 

  • For cases where Justice Ginsburg concurred:

               adv: CON(ginsburg +s concurring)

  • For cases where Justice Ginsberg dissented:

               adv: DIS(ginsburg +s dissenting) 

Users could also string all three together as one search.  

Later this week, similar info will be posted for Lexis+. 


Finding Articles Using the Index to Legal Periodicals

The Index to Legal Periodicals is a great place to search when seeking secondary sources. A periodical index is a subject, author, and keyword index to a selected list of periodicals that helps in finding articles on a particular topic. The index also summarizes the contents of an article in an abstract.

Results are more relevant than searching all of the terms in the full text of a document since the index searches just the title and abstract. Users can use the citation to pull up the document in Lexis or Westlaw.

Users can do a similar search in Secondary Sources in Westlaw and Lexis by performing an advanced search and searching for the terms in the title.

Incorrect Email to Poll Worker Volunteers

On Wednesday, September 23rd, reported that the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections mistakenly sent out an email to an unknown number of people who’d signed up to be poll workers on Nov. 3, saying that their services were not required. In fact, Cuyahoga County still needs about 1,000 poll workers: according to their website, each Election Day requires more than 4,500 people to help staff the polls, transport ballots and materials, and maintain political balance.


Law Library staff reached out to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to ask what poll worker volunteers should do if they received the email telling them their services were not required. The response from the Board of Elections was “If you previously applied (and receiving the emails is confirmation that you did), we have your applications and we will be processing them. There is no need to apply again.”


For more information about this year’s election, including how to sign up to be a poll worker, check out C|M|LAW’s Voting Resource Guide.