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Free Online Study Aids Available from Wolters Kluwer

While you may not be able to physically check out some of your favorite study aids, there are a lot of online options that you can access.  Yesterday’s blog highlighted study aids available from Westlaw and West Academic.  Today we will highlight the Wolters Kluwer offerings and tomorrow we will cover some from Lexis.  Check our Temporary Textbook & Study Aid Access page for complete information on all free resources. We will update this page as we get additional information.

Wolters Kluwers has online access to hundreds of study aids. Some of the most popular series included are Examples and Explanations, Emanuel CrunchTime, Emanuel Law Outlines, Glannon Guides and Aspen Student Treatises.

To get started, you will need to log into the proxy server the first time you access the study aids. From there, you will  create a Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid account. Once you have created an account, you will no longer need to log into the proxy server, you will use your personal account log in instead. 

To Log into the Proxy Server: 

  • Click Here or follow the link for AspenLaw eBooks under Quick Links on the Law Library homepage 
  • Students use your 7 digit CSU ID number and the password you use to log into the computer lab. 
  • Faculty and staff use your 7 digit CSU ID and the password you use to access your office computer. 

To Create a Personal Account: 

  • Once you are logged into the proxy server, click “Register” under “Don’t have a personal account?” and create a personal account. 
  • Once you have a personal account set up, go to ebooks.aspenlaw.com each time to log in and  search for study aids and other titles you want. 

The following document gives you more details about access, finding study aids, and reading ebooks on the platform.

We’re Still Available for Research Consultations

Research consultations generally last 30 minutes to one hour. Since we are working remotely, we can communicate with you over Zoom or via telephone. Please schedule a time with us so we can properly prepare.

Students are encouraged to schedule a consultation when:

  • Writing an upper-level paper or journal note — topic selection & preemption check, in-depth research, interdisciplinary research

  • Needing in-depth assistance with topical legal research (e.g., administrative law research, legislative history research, effective database research)

To schedule a consultation, email research.services@law.csuohio.edu. Please be sure to include the following information:

  • Your full name

  • Your email address

  • Day(s) and time(s) you are available

  • Class/seminar or journal title for which you need research assistance

  • Your research topic/issue

  • What you’ve done already

  • What you need or can’t find

After receiving your request, a Research Services Librarian will get back to you to schedule your consultation.

Science-Based Wellness Tips

In a recent Washington Post article, a psychology professor and therapist offered some thoughtful (and science-based!) wellness tips that we thought would be nice to share with you as you attend your first week of online classes at C|M|LAW during the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s a summary of the tips, with some of my own thoughts thrown in:

  • Acknowledge and accept that you’ll have negative emotions like anxiety, sadness, and anger.
  • Create new routines for yourself, but don’t over-rely on distractions like Netflix or gaming.
  • In your new routines, incorporate a regular schedule for sleeping, meal times, and grooming, and stick to it.
  • Take advantage of the situation and learn something new (something non-law related that has always piqued your interest but you never got around to doing).
  • Readjust what you need to do to create regular self-care that includes exercise, healthy eating, and regular socializing.
  • Schedule a self-care day for yourself and treat yourself to something (or many somethings!) really nice.
  • Enjoy nature any way you can. Get out for a walk or even look outside at the trees. Houseplants count as nature as far as I know…
  • Look for the positive. We may all become more resilient, more gritty, and more self-reliant with potentially closer personal relationships on the flip side. And I guarantee everyone will be masters at online learning.

Check out the law library’s Mental Health and Well-Being Guide for additional resources.

Source: Jelena Kecmanovic, “A Psychologist’s Science-Based Tips for Emotional Resilience During the Coronavirus Crisis,” Washington Post (March 16, 2020). Fulltext link

 

Meet a Treatise: Wright and Miller’s Federal Practice and Procedure

Arthur Miller is a leading scholar in the field of American civil procedure and a Professor at New York University. Charles Wright was an American constitutional lawyer widely considered to be the foremost authority in the United States on constitutional law and federal procedure. Together with Ken Graham and others they created the seminal 54-volume treatise commonly called Wright and Miller. Students can access the treatise in our reference area (follow the link for its catalog entry) or via Westlaw.

Wright and Miller is one the most frequently cited treatises in federal court practice in the United States. It covers all aspects of the rules of civil, criminal, and appellate procedure, rules of evidence, the federal judicial system, jurisdiction of all federal courts, venue, removal of cases, res judicata, relations of state and federal courts, multidistrict litigation, etc. Wright and Miller analyzes each rule as interpreted and applied by the federal courts and affected by related statutes and rules. The treatise also includes official forms adopted with the rule, practice aids, and numerous other features.

Next week Moore’s Federal Practice will be covered.

Stand and Study

According to a recent U.S. News & World Report article, standing desks may have positive health benefits. Research suggests that using a standing desk can encourage people to spend less time sitting. People who sit with poor posture put themselves at risk for a raft of health problems, including “misalignment of the spine and knees, which can increase stress on the knees; exacerbation of arthritis; poor circulation; fatigue; jaw pain; headaches; sexual function issues; and shoulder and back pain.”

The law library now has two standing desks located in the Judy and Robert Rawson Learning Commons on the second floor. Check them out and let us know what you think—send an email to Student Services Librarian Brian Cassidy at b.e.cassidy@csuohio.edu. So far the feedback has been very positive!