News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Archive for the ‘Research Guides’

Research Consultations for Research Help

If you need help with a paper, or other research project, the law library offers scheduled Research Consultations. Let us know what you have already completed and what areas you need help with, and a librarian will assist with finding resources and information. Most research consultations are approximately 30 minutes in length, depending on need.


The library also has several research guides designed to assist you in starting your research: Scholarly Writing, Finding Articles in Law Reviews and JournalsBluebooking and Legal Writing SoftwareResearch Databases, and Citation Checking.

Search “Law Library Mental Health and Wellness Collection” for All Our Wellness Titles

We’ve developed a great collection of mental health and wellness books – both in print and ebook – that can give you a little comfort and inspiration throughout law school. If you’ve been back to the Ohio Room, you’ve seen the print book display, and you’re welcome to check any of them out.

If you’d like to see all of the books in the collection, including our ebooks, the easiest way is to do a title search in Scholar, the library catalog, for “Law Library Mental Health and Wellness Collection”. This brings up all of the books in the collection. You’ll find titles that are specific to the law student experience (like Happy Lawyer: The Art of Having It All Without Losing Your Mind) as well as general wellness titles (like The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World).

You can find more wellness resource on our guide: Mental Health and Well-Being – Resources for Law Students.

Five Books on Happiness and the Law from Our Collection

What exactly is happiness? This post from VeryWell Mind explains that happiness is “an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment and fulfillment.” Psychologists and other scientists refer to happiness as “subjective well-being” and break it down into two components – a balance of emotions and life satisfaction. How can you tell if you’re happy? You might feel like you are living the life you wanted, that you have (or will) accomplish what you want in life, or that you are generally satisfied with your life.

All of these happiness-indicative feelings are possible in a law career, whether you’re starting out as a law student or a practicing attorney.  These five books from our collection give insight into lawyerly happiness and are available in print or as ebooks –

  • How To Be Sort of Happy in Law School [Find It]
  • Happy Lawyer Happy Life: How To Be Happy in Law and Life [Find It]
  • Happy Lawyer: The Art of Having It All Without Losing Your Mind [Find It]
  • Happiness and the Law [Find It]
  • The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law [Find It]

Find more books and info on well-being and the law with our mental health guide.

Researching Ohio Law? Look to Our Ohio Related Research Guides

For Ohio primary law and secondary resources information, check out our Ohio Primary Law Research Guide and Ohio Secondary Sources Guide.

If you need information on the Ohio Constitution and current constitutional issues, the Ohio Constitution – Law and History Guide includes references to primary and secondary sources, info on Ohio’s previous constitutions and conventions, tables tracking proposed amendments, suggested resources by topic, and more.

CALI also offers great lessons to help in your Ohio legal research: Ohio Secondary Sources and Ohio Primary Resources.

Need to Write a Paper? Look to Our Research Guides

Many law students go directly to Lexis, or Westlaw when beginning a research project. While these databases may be useful, widening the net in the search for information for your paper or project may be helpful.

When unsure about where to seek a particular type of information, 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 main library’s homepage link can also be found on the law library’s homepage.

The non-law databases contain full-text of articles and documents along with indexes and abstracts that 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 Lexis, and Westlaw.

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

You can also schedule a Research Consultation.