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Research Tip: Using the Favorites Box on Westlaw

Save time on Westlaw by using the Favorites box on the research homepage. The Favorites box appears on the right-hand side of the screen and is automatically populated with your most frequently used sources. You can also add sources yourself that you want to be able to access quickly and easily.


If a resource can be added to the Favorites box, there will be a gray star next to the phrase “Add to Favorites” by the title of the resource at the top of the screen.




Clicking on the star will bring up a small window asking to which group to add the source. You can organize your Favorites box by creating groups for your jurisdiction or for different topics you may be working on. The Favorites box contains its own search bar, enabling you to quickly pre-filter to your top sources. Simply check the box next to the source(s) in your Favorites list, then enter your terms in the search bar within the Favorites box, and go.


C|M|Law & Urban Affairs Faculty Receive Research Grant

C|M|Law Cybersecurity Center LogoC|M|Law Professors Brian Ray, Jonathan Witmer-Rich, and Joseph Mead, and CSU Urban Affairs Professor Nicholas Zingale, recently received a $52,000 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to support their “Smart Communities, Smart Policing and Privacy: Privacy Awareness and Training Playbook and Training Lab” research project.  They will be researching emerging open data policies in cities and the use of smart policing and surveillance tools, including facial recognition and data sharing.  Their research project will build upon work conducted by the CSU Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection and CSU/CWRU Internet of Things Collaborative (IOTC).

Reference Management Tools: Zotero and Juris-M

Are you planning to complete an upper level writing requirement or other significant research project during the upcoming semester? You may be interested in software to help manage your research and citations. Zotero is a free program that uses a browser extension to capture citation information and full-text files from sources on the web. The program enables you to organize your research by tagging, creating collections, and  automatically performing saved searches. Zotero can also sync your data across devices, and create citations and bibliographies.

Juris-M is a version of Zotero geared specifically for legal research. It also offers collection, organization, citation, and syncing functions. Check out this tutorial for more information.

IT and Law Library Orientation Now Open for 1Ls

In conjunction with C|M|Law’s Jump Start program for students starting school in the fall, the Information Technology department and law library are offering orientation materials on a drop-in basis.

How it works:

  1. Come by the research services office (Room 112) across from the circulation desk during normal hours.
  2. You will meet and talk with one of our librarians, who will give you a scavenger hunt handout and IT information for your law school computer accounts. The scavenger hunt takes 20-30 minutes and will help you get orientated to the law library and IT services.
  3. Upon completion of the scavenger hunt, give your results to a librarian in Room 112, at which point you will be given registration information for Lexis, Westlaw, CALI, and Scholar along with information on our legal research seminars and digital badge program.
  4. All students who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a contest for a $50 Amazon gift card; the drawing will be held during the first full week of classes.

New Safety App for CSU

 In case you missed it, the Cleveland State University Police Department announced this week that there is a new mobile safety app for the CSU community. As of July 1, 2018, Viking Shield is no longer supported and you should remove it from your mobile devices. The new app, Rave Guardian, is available for free through iTunes and Google Play. Use the app to quickly contact campus police, store emergency contact information, call for a safety escort, and more. If you find yourself staying late on campus to study for the bar or finish up your summer classes, please take advantage of this app.