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Law Library Online Legal Research Seminars

Students, do you have a bit of time before or during the upcoming Thanksgiving break?  Why not refresh your research skills and take a few Law Library Legal Research Seminars?!  The Seminars are conveniently available online, via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  You earn points for completing a 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 descriptions of seven of our Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law” for you, as well as cite primary authority. [17:02 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bluebooking – For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation and style rules, as well as abbreviation and jurisdiction tables. [38:47 mins; 25 points]
  • Administrative Law – Break through the mysteries of agency rulemaking and case adjudication. Learn the key resources for finding federal and Ohio agency regulations and decisions. [29:59 mins; 25 points]
  • Cost Effective Federal Legislative History: & – Understand the importance of, and materials generated in, the federal legislative process.  See how to find key materials in the freely-available and [17:33 mins; 12.5 points]
  • HeinOnline – Review the wide array of content (eg, law journals, session laws, foreign law), date coverage, and unique features of this full-text “database of databases.” [16:49 mins.; 12.5 points]
  • Practical Law by Westlaw Review the specialized practice areas, resources and features of this unique Westlaw product. [13:44 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, as well as learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic. [28:33 mins; 25 points]

We also have six Law Library Legal Research Seminars on the major legal research platforms.  In these Seminars, you will learn big box & pre-filtered searching, how to print/download/email search results, how to use citator services to update and expand your research, and the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements:

  • Westlaw Overview [20:03 mins; 12.5 points]
  • KeyCite [10:16 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Lexis Advance Overview [21:11 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Shepard’s [11;54 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bloomberg Law Overview Also reviews content not available on Lexis Advance & Westlaw. [25:39 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Terms & Connectors Searching [10:48 mins; 12.5 points]

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

Save Time with Compiled Legislative Histories

Conducting federal legislative history research can be a daunting and time consuming task. However, for many pieces of legislation, much of the work has already been done. Compiled legislative histories are published collections of bills, reports, hearings, and other documentation from the creation of a particular act. Hein Online is one source for compiled legislative histories. Hein has an extensive collection that researchers may browse by Publication Title, Public Law Number, or Popular Name, or may search using the bar at the top of the page.



Hein is continuously adding more compiled legislative histories to the collection, and recently added twoFOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2016 and 21st Century Cures Act.


ProQuest is another source of compiled legislative histories. Users may click on the Legislative Histories link on the homepage and then enter search terms in the field.



Hein and ProQuest are both accessible off campus with your CSU ID and Scholar PIN.


For more on Federal Legislative History, check out our research guide.

HeinOnline: A Useful Group of Databases to Assist in 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, Lexis, and Bloomberg. One particularly useful database is the Law Journal Library, which contains more than 2,200 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.

Check out previous posts on HeinOnline’s CFR and Federal Register Libraries,  US Congressional Documents Library, McGill Institute of Air and Space Law Publications, and Pre-Statehood Legal Materials.

More Bloomberg Live Webinars

Bloomberg has announced more 30-minute live webinars for tips and tricks to browse and search news reports and identify the best resources for context and analysis on the latest developments in the law.

Legal News & Current Awareness
Tuesday, October 23 | 2:00 – 2:30 pm (EST) / 11:00 – 11:30 am (PST)
Practicing lawyers learn about developments in the law by reading special legal news publications. Join us to:

  • Identify sources of legal journalism
  • Explore US Law Week
  • Set up subscriptions

Searching News
Thursday, October 25 | 2:00 – 2:30 pm (EST) / 11:00 – 11:30 am (PST)
Every lawyer needs to follow the news, and Bloomberg Law makes it easy with unique search tools. Join us to:

  • Review the Latest News database
  • Glean insights into corporate updates
  • Start Boolean searches and set up search alerts

What’s New, October
Thursday, October 25 | 3:00 – 3:30 pm (EST) / 12:00 – 12:30 pm (PST)

Monthly updates highlighting enhancements and new content on Bloomberg Law.

Advanced News Sources
Tuesday, October 30 | 2:00 – 2:30 pm (EST) / 11:00 – 11:30 am (PST)

Hang onto the leading edge of legal, business, and government news. Explore awareness tools such as:

  • Bloomberg Law Reports – magazines for lawyers
  • Law Firm Client Alerts for business development
  • Bloomberg Briefs – resources for business and political developments

Business Intelligence Center
Thursday, November 1 | 2:00 – 2:30 pm (EST) / 11:00 – 11:30 am (PST)

News, client research, docket tracks, developing case law – what’s the best way to keep track of it all? Join us to:

  • Create dashboards to support your research needs
  • Utilize competitive tools
  • Access company lookup resources

All webinars are recorded so you can watch at your convenience. Check out the rest of the fall webinar schedule using your Bloomberg Law username and password.

Different Results from Different Databases

The statement ‘different search engines and databases produce different results’ may elicit various responses from people. Some may think that the statement is obviously true, some may believe search engines are all basically the same, and some may believe that you get what you pay for.

For law students who have routinely relied on Google searching, this article may be especially important. Habits learned in undergraduate coursework may not translate well to law school research. Google and the big-box searches on Westlaw and Lexis are run by algorithms, not by the user. While the algorithms use what the researcher inputs, how they come up with the results is not necessarily clear. Furthermore, the algorithms being proprietary to each database will be different depending on which database the researcher is using.

A recent ABA Journal article titled Results May Vary in Legal Research Databases investigates different databases and crunches some numbers regarding relevant results. The article looks at Westlaw, Lexis, Ravel, Google Scholar, Casetext, and Fastcase and compares relevant and unique cases. An important point for the researcher or student to internalize is that not every case was appearing in each database. While the reader should review the article for the particulars, researchers should take away a few key points from the study:

  • Every algorithm is different.
  • Every database has a point of view.
  • The variability in search results requires researchers to go beyond keyword searching.
  • Keyword searching is just one way to enter a research universe.
  • Redundancy in searching is still of paramount importance.
  • Term and connector searching is still a necessary research skill.