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

Meet a Database: CALI to Help You Study and Review

CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials published by the non-profit Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. With our school’s membership, you have access to hundreds of lessons in dozens of subjects: ConLaw, CivPro, Torts, Property, Contracts—all 1L classes and many upper-level subjects are covered.

You must have an account with CALI to access the lessons; registration requires our school’s authorization code. Get the CALI authorization code by clicking on the link and signing in to your C|M|LAW account (CSU ID and password).

Check out all the databases available for research from our database page.


Have a Paper to Write? These Databases Can Help

Looking for more resources for your paper? We subscribe to a number of law databases in addition to Westlaw and Lexis, and the main library has even more databases that may prove helpful to your research.

Some of the databases may require use of your CSU Scholar PIN to access off campus. Your Scholar PIN provides access to the My Account feature on Scholar, which enables you to renew your checked-out materials and see the status of your requested materials. Your Scholar PIN also provides remote access to many databases. 

To get a PIN, go to Scholar and click on My Account, enter your name and CSU ID#, and click submit. The system will prompt you to enter a new PIN.

Check here for common connection problems related to off-campus databases.

Contact IT at if you have issues with the ID and Pin access.

Meet a Database: US Supreme Court Records and Briefs

U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs is a great tool for historical research on Supreme Court decisions. This database is from Gale and covers court records and briefs from 1832-1978. Note: the database doesn’t contain the case opinions, which are available many other places.

Under the “Basic Search” options users can search by date, docket number, or US Reports citation. Keyword searching is also available. When searching keywords, you can search the entire document, or by author or case name. The “Advanced Search” options allow users to combine multiple keywords (using AND, OR, and NOT connectors), as well as search by document type (e.g. Amicus Brief, Appellee’s Brief, etc.).

You will need your CSU ID number and PIN to access Supreme Court Records and Briefs.

Make sure to check out all the databases available for research from our database page.

Meet a Database: ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest Congressional (linked from our database page) is a collection of historic and current congressional information and is one of the best databases for legislative history information. It is available on campus or remotely with authentication (CSU ID and Pin). One great feature is compiled legislative histories, which are created through gathering and organizing into one place all documents related to the passage of an important piece of legislation. Another feature of the product is the ability to search the social media of public officials. 

For more information on conducting legislative history research, see the Legislative History Research Guide.

ProQuest is also available as part of the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, which are 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. When 100 points are earned, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.

Be sure to check out all available research databases on our database page.

Preview of Upcoming Ebytes Sessions

Ebytes is off this week for spring break.  However, never fear it’s back next Monday, March 20th  from 12-2pm in the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor of the law library.

For those that don’t know, Ebytes are informal drop in sessions where you can get a short demonstration of a product, get questions answered, and be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Here are the upcoming Ebytes events:

Mar. 20 – Foreign Law Guide—learn about the number one resource for foreign law.

Mar. 27 – ProQuest Congressional—a great resource for legislative history research—lots of compiled legislative histories.

Apr. 3 – Competitive Intelligence—Find out what competitive intelligence is, and how it is being used in the practice of law.  Also covered would be resources used in the field.

Apr. 10 – IT session—ask all IT related questions such as exam software questions and log in issues.

Apr. 17 – Lexis Legal Issues Trail—Learn what this powerful feature is and how to use it to ramp up your legal research skills by finding all the important connections to your case.