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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.


Finding Ohio Sources on Westlaw and Lexis

New users may wonder how to find a source or jurisdictional sources (e.g. Ohio) on Westlaw and Lexis. Both services have tabs for State Materials in the middle of the homepage when logged in. Next, select Ohio (or another jurisdiction). The following screen will contain all jurisdictional sources, such as cases, statutes, regulations, and secondary sources.

You can also look for a specific source by typing it into the large search box at the top of the screen.

For more help with Lexis and Westlaw, check out our Legal Research Seminars.

Westlaw Changes Coming

Westlaw will be changing its platform beginning January 2019. Westlaw Edge (YouTube video introducing the product) will contain the same information as before with some added bells and whistles. The layout will look slightly different, but everything is still there (plus more!). You will notice improvements in Westlaw’s AI technology and a new keycite symbol, “overruling risk” (when a point of law in a case has been implicitly undermined based on its reliance on an overruled or otherwise invalid prior decision), among other features. Our Westlaw rep Sam Berbano will have a training session this fall for faculty and staff.

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.

Am Jur and Friends – Practical Help for Working a Case

You’re probably familiar with American Jurisprudence 2d (and its counterpart CJS), the national legal encyclopedia that can quickly get you up to speed on a legal issue and direct you towards primary law and practice materials. What’s less well known, is that AmJur is part of a suite of resources called the Total Client-Service Library (TCSL). Before being bought by Westlaw, AmJur was published by Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, which came up with the idea of the TCSL, which Westlaw has since continued. An addition to AmJur, the TCSL includes four additional titles, all of which are available on Westlaw –

Am Jur Proof of Facts Say you have a case involving medical malpractice related to organ or tissue transplant. AmJur Proof of Facts gives you an overview of the topic, what claims and defenses are available, the elements of proof, motions and forms, interrogatories, and more. Basically everything you need for the preparation and proving of facts at trial.

Am Jur Trials  — In a litigation about malpractice involving burns in a surgical procedure, for example, Am Jur Trials gives you trial tactics and strategies, including tips on discovery, admissibility of evidence, summary judgment, damages, and direct and cross examination. Things like checklists, forms, opening statements, and litigation aids and charts are also included in Am Jur Trials.

Am Jur Pleading and Practice Forms – Here you’ll find over 43,000 forms on all aspects of state and federal litigation, arranged by topic. For example, in the context of insolvency, you’ll see forms for the appointment of receivers, petitions, orders, notice to creditors, complaints in federal court, and more.

Am Jur Legal Forms – Unlike Am Jur Pleading and Practice Forms, this set is not litigation oriented. So you’ll find forms covering all sort of topics like patents, product liability, real estate sales, trusts, and the UCC. Besides the forms themselves, you’ll see checklists, tips, and advice for completing the forms. Sometimes you’ll find alternative clauses to aid in drafting.