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Mental Health and Well-Being Recap

Over the past few years we’ve done a number of posts on mental health and well-being. Some of the posts cover items in our collection, while others are about an article or website, and others are tips. We thought we’d highlight some of the recent ones in case you missed them:

Recharge Outdoors for Your Mental Health

Apps for Mental Health

ABA Student Lawyer Mental Health Essentials

Meditation & Yoga Videos on Our Mental Health Guide

Ten Books on Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga from Our Collection

Mindfulness Study of Law Students Shows Positive Results

Stress Relief with a Legal Coloring Book

Self-Care and Racial Stress


What is an NFT? Does It Have a Copyright?

NFT stands for Nonfungible Tokens: “An NFT is a digitized, authenticated token linked to a digital asset, and the NFT is recorded on a blockchain, most commonly the Ethereum blockchain. Typically, the blockchain does not store the actual work that is tokenized because it is too large.” NFTs are used in the digital universe and are common in the arts (images, videos, music, etc.). A recent article from JD Supra lays out the basics on NFTs and copyright considerations.

NFTs are unable to be duplicated (or faked) due to a unique serial number (or hash) that can be used to prove its ownership and authenticity. The hash also provides the provenance of an item, including payment history.

Generally, purchasing an item does not grant copyright of the item to the purchaser and the same is true of NFTs.  Copyright issues related to NFTs are sure to land in the courts in the near future since the technology only began in 2015. See the linked article above for more information on copyrights as they relate to NFTs.

Meet a Database: 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.

What Kind of Computer for Law School?

Wondering what kind of computer you will need for law school? Your laptop must meet the requirements for software used by our school, Exam 4. For more information about Exam 4, go to Exams on Computer FAQ.

Discounts for computers are available via Cleveland State University. Also note that students can install a free copy of Microsoft Office on up to five computers.

Free Online Study Aids for Last-Minute Studying

All of the study aids and textbooks that publishers are providing free access to can be found on our Temporary Textbook & Study Aid Access page.

There are many titles available.  

Good luck on finals!