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Database Trial – Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment

We’re running a trial on a new HeinOnline database through October 11. The Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE) database is organized into sixteen tabs that contain important sports and entertainment cases, scholarly articles, books, congressional documents, and legislative histories. Some of the research topics in BLASE are athlete and entertainer representation, gender and race discrimination, contract regulation, injuries and violence, and publicity rights. We encourage you to use the database; if you have comments, please email us at

New Interactive Edition of Democracy in America Available on HeinOnline

In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont were sent by the French government to study the American prison system. Tocqueville and Beaumont used their official business as a pretext to study American society instead. They arrived in New York City in May of that year and spent nine months traveling the United States, studying the prisons, and collecting information on American society, including its religious, political, and economic character.

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America is a classic text of politics and history in which the author examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous several hundred years. The link above takes you to HeinOnline’s new interactive edition, available to the Cleveland State community.

Doing Research? Think Research Guides

The first thought among many law students is to go directly to Bloomberg, Lexis, or Westlaw for research needs. While these databases are important to your research, widening your net in the search for information for your paper or other projects may be helpful.

When seeking information that you don’t know where to locate, think first of the law library’s research guides, which are subject-specific finding aids for locating resources on a topic. There is a direct link to the guides from the law library’s homepage.

The research guides also contain information on databases specific to the topic that may be of use to the researcher. The databases should be thought of in two broad categories: law databases and non-law databases. There is a link to the law databases from the law library’s homepage and the non-law databases (under the link ‘Research Databases’) from the Cleveland State Michael Schwartz (Main) Library’s homepage. The Schwartz library’s homepage link can also be found on the law library’s hompage.

The non-law databases contain full-text of articles and documents along with indexes and abstracts. The databases cover a wide range of topics and interests. Some of the databases have many sources, while others might only have one source (e.g. Newspaper Source vs. New York Times).

Consider using other law databases (e.g. HeinOnline) to find information that is beyond the coverage of Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw.

Not sure where to start in your research? Law Librarians are available to help during Research Services Hours:

  • Phone: 216-687-6877
  • Email:
  • or Chat

You can also Schedule a Research Consultation.


Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Earn Your Digital Badge!

digital logo featuring three point shield and lady justiceLaw Library Legal Research Seminars cover Westlaw, Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law, as well as many topical legal research areas such as administrative law.  Several Seminars emphasize cost-effective research or include a social justice research issue.  Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students, and are continuously 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.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  Here are the currently available online Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • The Bluebook: Citing to Basic Sources
  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources**
  • Terms & Connectors Searching**
  • Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw**
  • Lexis Overview
  • Shepard’s
  • Westlaw Overview
  • KeyCite
  • Practical Law from Westlaw
  • Bloomberg Law Overview
  • Administrative Law
  • Cost-Effective Federal Legislative History: and**
  • Researching Foreign Law
  • Tax Law Research
  • Health Law & Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing
  • HeinOnline
  • Scholar Catalog

** Social Justice track Seminar.  For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.

Reminder: Law Library and IT Orientation for Incoming Students Must be Completed This Week

Library and Information Technology (IT) Orientation is now open and available for all new students. Stop by the reference office in Room 112 of the law library to get started and speak with the librarian on duty. Reference librarians are available Monday-Thursday from 9am – 10pm and Friday 9am-7pm.

You will receive your IT credentials and a law library orientation sheet, which will be used to familiarize you with the law library. When the orientation sheet is turned in, you will receive registration information for Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, and CALI. You will also receive information about our legal research seminars, CSU PIN creation, and Scholar, the library’s online catalog.