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Celebrate Constitution Day!

Constitution Day is celebrated by federal depository libraries across the nation every September. On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created.

Stop by the circulation desk to pick up a pocket Constitution!

There are also online resources to explore, including the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution.

A C|M|LAW Constitution Day event is being held over Zoom Friday, September 17 at 12:00pm. Dean Lee Fisher moderates the discussion during which Professors Steve Lazarus, Reginald Oh, Milena Sterio, and Jonathan Witmer-Rich will review major decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court’s previous term.




Research Guides and Law Databases for Paper Help

Students often access 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.

Black’s Law Dictionary Available on Westlaw

Black’s Law Dictionary, founded by Henry Campbell Black, is the preeminent law dictionary in the United States.

The first edition of Black’s was published in 1891. Up to the 6th edition, Black’s gave case citations for the term cited. The 8th edition introduced a unique system of perpetually updated case citations and cross-references to legal encyclopedias. The 9th edition was published in 2009 and the 10th will be coming out this month.  To find current or past editions of Black’s, consult the Law Library’s catalog. You can also access Black’s on Westlaw.

Yoga in the Quiet Room, Tuesday 8/31, 12:00-12:30p

Yoga in the Quiet Room

Located in the Learning Commons in the Library

Tuesday, Aug. 31st, 12:00-12:30p

This class is for all levels, beginners welcome!

Yoga mats not provided.

Law Library Hours

The law library is open from 8am-9pm this week, through Friday, August 20.

The library will be closed on Saturday, August 21.

FALL SEMESTER HOURS (please note that hours are different than past semesters):

M-Th  7:30am-10pm

Fri  7:30am-6pm

Sat  9am-5pm

Sun  8am-10pm

The library will be closed on the following dates this semester:

Mon, September 6

Thurs, November 11

Thurs, November 25

Fri, November 26