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Law Library Legal Research Seminars – New Seminars Just Added

The Law Library has added four new Seminars to its Legal Research Seminars, available on the Westlaw TWEN platform:

  • 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]
  • Bloomberg Law Overview – Learn basic search features, and review content not available on Lexis Advance & Westlaw. [ 25:39 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]

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.  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.  Other Seminars, already available on the Westlaw TWEN platform, are:

  • 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]
  • 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]

In these Law Library Legal Research Seminars, already available on the Westlaw TWEN platform, 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]
  • 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.


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.

Beware the Copyright Traps

Copyright traps are fabrications deliberately tucked into otherwise factual publications in order to detect third-party copying. Duke’s Law Library’s blog highlights some of the most common traps.

For more information on the related topic of plagiarism, check out C|M|Law Library’s Scholarly Writing Resource Guide, which contains useful information for researchers, writers, and students.

What Goes In the Parens When You’re Citing to the U.S. Code

Based on the Bluebook, if you’re citing to the United States Code, you may or may not need something more than just the year in the parens. If you’re citing to the official United States Code, all you need is the year:

  • 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (2012).

If you’re citing to one of the two unofficial versions of the U.S. Code, then you’ll need to include the publisher:

  • 12 U.S.C.A. § 1426 (West 2010).
  • 12 U.S.C.S. § 1710 (LexisNexis 1993).

One trick to remember who publishes which unofficial version of the Code – the U.S.C.S. ends in “S” and Lexis ends in “S”.

CALI Lessons on Ohio Law

CALI – the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction – offers hundreds of online tutorials to help law students learn and review important legal concepts through interactive and self-paced lessons. Registration is required and CM Law students can get the authorization code here.

If your summer legal work involves Ohio law, CALI offers you three lessons to review what you’ve learned –

CALI lessons cover a wide range of topics, and some are even keyed to specific casebooks. Check them out.