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


Ohio Bill Tracking

To keep up with Ohio legislation, try the following:

Library Subscription Databases (available remotely to students/faculty and in the library)

FREE web database: Search the Ohio Legislature’s web page by bill number, keyword or sponsor.

There is no free tracker for Ohio similar to GovTrack.us , which is for federal statutes. Make your own tracker using WatchThatPage.com , a free service that sends an email when a webpage changes. You could put at watchthatpage on a bill on the Ohio Legislature’s page

Meet a Treatise: Wigmore on Evidence

This post is the first in an occasional series in which we will provide the basics on the most important treatises in U.S. and Ohio law, covering the background, what is it, and where to find it, both in the library and online (if applicable).

Wigmore on Evidence

Background: John Wigmore was an American lawyer and Dean at Northwestern School of Law. Wigmore is best known for his master work now called Wigmore on Evidence (FKA Treatise on the Anglo-American System of Evidence in Trials at Common Law). He also contributed to the development of Japanese law in the late 19th century and U.S. military justice in World War I.

What is it: Wigmore on Evidence is an encyclopedic survey of the development of the law of evidence. It is updated annually and is considered the preeminent treatise dealing with all things related to evidence.

Where to find it: Wigmore on Evidence is available in print in the reference section of the library. Electronically, Wigmore can be found on the Cheetah platform (a Wolters-Kluwer product) and is available to all students and staff (see our previous post on all Cheetah treatise offerings).

For more information on available treatises, check out our Major Legal Treatises research guide.

Research Resources for Your Summer Classes & Work

photo of law clerk using laptopThe C|M|Law Library provides a range of research resources that can help you do the best in your summer classes and at work.  You can contact us with research questions in-person during Research Services Hours, or via email or chat.  Our Research Guides provide information on and links to materials, websites, and databases addressing over 60 legal topics.  C|M|Law and CSU students can schedule a Research Consultation for in-depth assistance with topical legal research or when writing an upper-level paper or journal note.  C|M|Law students can also access Law Library Legal Research Seminars, which address major legal databases, terms and connectors searching, Bluebooking, administrative law, Federal legislative history, free web research, bioethics and scholarly writing.  Our Seminars are continuously available on the Westlaw TWEN platform.  If you want to earn points, complete that Seminar’s quiz.  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.  Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition and Digital Badges.

Updated “Administrative Law” & “Federal Legislative History” Seminars

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeTwo Seminars have just been updated on the Law Library’s Legal Research Seminars TWEN course.  The updated “Administrative Law” Seminar reflects changes resulting from the Westlaw Edge platform.  The updated “Cost-Effective Federal Legislative History: Congress.gov and Govinfo.gov” Seminar reflects changes resulting from the Govinfo.gov website (which replaced the FDsys website).  We will continue to update and add new Seminars over the summer.  Remember, the Law Library’s Legal Research Seminars are continuously available on the Westlaw TWEN platform.  View a Seminar, then complete that Seminar’s quiz to earn points.  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.  Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition and Digital Badges.

Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Earn Your Digital Badge!

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeLaw Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.  The Seminars are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  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.  Here are the currently available online Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? See 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]
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – Move beyond natural language searching and see the effectiveness of combining terms & phrases in search statements. [10:48 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Lexis Advance Overview – Review key features of this legal research platform, including pre-filtering & post-filtering searches, using the Advanced Search template, document delivery, and using your search history. [21:11 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Shepard’s – Review key “signals” of this citator service, and see how it can be used for case validation and research. [11:54 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Westlaw Overview – Take a tour of key content on this legal research platform, including Ohio materials, Statutes & Court Rules, Dockets, Briefs, and News, as well as review pre-filtering and post-filtering searches. [20:03 mins; 12.5 points]
  • KeyCite – See how to update and expand your research by using this citator service with cases, code sections, law review articles, and federal regulations. [10:16 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Practical Law by Westlaw Review the specialized practice areas, jurisdictional resources, and features of this unique Westlaw product. [13:44 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bloomberg Law Overview Take a tour of key content on this legal research platform, including cases, state resources, transactional materials, litigation analytical materials, and secondary soruces. [ 25:39 mins; 12.5 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]
  • Cost Effective Federal Legislative History: Congress.gov & GPO.gov – Understand the importance of, and materials generated in, the federal legislative process. See how to find key materials in the freely-available Congress.gov and GPO.gov platforms. [17:33 mins; 12.5 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]
  • HeinOnline – Review the wide array of content (eg, law journals, session laws), date coverage, and unique features of this full-text “database of databases.” [16:49 mins.; 12.5 points]
  • Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” – Coming soon!

For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.