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Archive for September, 2021

Free for Law Students 10/4 – ABA Webinar on Depression and Suicide Prevention Essentials

In the week leading up to World Mental Health Day, the ABA has organized an essential program aimed at drawing attention to the prevalence of depression and suicide in the legal profession. The panelists will offer discussion, and show a video highlighting the stories of lawyers talking about their experience with suicide.  Attendees will come away with some practical strategies for intervening with colleagues and loved ones. The program is free for all law students, and will take place on Monday October 4, at 1:00. Find more information and register at the ABA For Law Students site.

Check Out the Cool Stuff in the Quiet Room

If you haven’t already – give yourself a mental break and relax for a minute in the Quiet Room, located in the Learning Commons in the Law Library. The Quiet Room is a peaceful place intended for relaxation, meditation, mindfulness, prayer, etc. We’ve also recently added some cool stuff to the room – including a fountain, a white noise machine, coloring pages, stress balls, fidget spinners, and Rubik’s cubes. Please feel free to to use any of these in the Quiet Room. You’ll also find a wide assortment of brochures to take on various mental health topics, like stress, depression, anxiety, suicide, bipolar disorder, and more.

white noise machine

stress balls

Rubik's cube

Coloring pages


National Voter Registration Day is September 28, 2021

National Voter Registration Day logoToday is National Voter Registration Day!  Established by the National Association of Secretaries of State in 2012, this nonpartisan civic holiday is annually celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September, and “seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.”  National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) efforts encompass traditional national and local media, social media, and grassroot volunteer activities.  The NVRD is guided by a Steering Committee, led by several Secretaries of State and composed of diverse and bipartisan civic leaders representing the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  NVRD work is supported by scores of Premier and local-level Partners and Premier Sponsors.  For information on registering to vote, see the NVRD Register to Vote page or the U.S. government website.  In Ohio, see the Ohio Secretary of State Register to Vote page.  In Cuyahoga County, see the Board of Elections Register to Vote page.

HeinOnline to Add to Your Research

HeinOnline is an extremely useful database that includes a variety of resources. It can be accessed via the law library’s homepage under Quicklinks.

Consider using Hein when searching for ‘older’ information, especially if you’re experiencing difficulty finding results on Westlaw and Lexis.   One particularly useful database is the Law Journal Library, which contains thousands of law and law-related periodicals with comprehensive coverage from the start of each publication.

After accessing the Law Journal Library, a publication search can be performed or publications can be browsed by letter of the alphabet. Once inside the needed periodical, a search can be run or the article citation can be used to go directly to the desired volume.


ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest Congressional (linked from our database page) is a collection of historic and current congressional information and is one of the best databases for legislative history information. It is available on campus or remotely with authentication (CSU ID and Pin). One great feature is compiled legislative histories, which are created through gathering and organizing into one place all documents related to the passage of an important piece of legislation. Another feature of the product is the ability to search the social media of public officials. 

For more information on conducting legislative history research, see the Legislative History Research Guide.

ProQuest is also available as part of the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, which are 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. When 100 points are earned, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.

Be sure to check out all available research databases on our database page.