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Productivity Apps to Help You Stay Organized This Semester

 Many students (and let’s be honest, faculty and staff) often resolve at the beginning of every semester that this semester will be different, we will be more organized, we will stay on task, we will not procrastinate. With these ambitious resolutions in mind, here are a few apps to help us stay on track.

Wunderlist is a free app that is available across all major devices, letting you track lists, plan events and projects, set reminders, and collaborate with others.

Trello uses boards and cards to manage everything from short to-do lists to complex projects. Trello has collaborative features and can also integrate third-party services like Evernote and Slack.

Evernote helps you capture ideas, to-do lists, photos, screenshots, links, and project planning. You can also set reminders, work across devices, and collaborate.

Many other apps are out there and several tech blogs provide reviews, for example Techradar and Tom’s Guide.

On the other hand, if you’re like me and prefer to plan in hard copy, you may want to try the Bullet Journal method. The creator of the Bullet Journal maintains this site about it, but numerous other blogs exist detailing different styles from more minimal journals, to the very artistic. The important thing is to find what works for you.

Writing Tips: Paragraph Numbering

Do you ever find that trying to format legal documents in Microsoft Word is a bit like herding cats? Fix one formatting issue and it causes another to appear, and so on. Here’s a quick tip about formatting automatic paragraph numbering: use the multi-level option for more customization. Located in the Paragraph box on the Home menu, the multi-level numbering button will give you more options for numbering your paragraphs, such as adjusting alignments and indentation, and continuing or setting a number scheme.

For more details and a video tutorial, check out this post from the Attorney at Work blog.

Campus Safety Reminder

Rave Guardian safety app logo. Blue and white shield on a blue background. Here is your semiannual, end-of-semester, exam-time campus safety reminder.

If you find yourself staying extra late at the library to study for exams, please don’t hesitate to take advantage of campus safety features from the CSU Police Department. The Campus Escort Service is available to walk with you to and from your vehicle, 24/7, by calling (216)687-2020 to request. The Rave Guardian app is the new mobile safety app that replaced Viking Shield this summer. CSU Police recommend installing Rave Guardian on your mobile device. This free app is available in iTunes and the Google Play Store, and can contact campus police, store emergency contact information, call for a safety escort, and more.

Remember to always be aware of your surroundings and do not leave your personal belongings unattended.


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).