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

“COVID-19 and Pandemics” Database on HeinOnline

image of covid-19 virusesHeinOnline includes a “COVID-19: Pandemics Past and Present” database of publications, government reports, and scholarly articles.  The main database sections focus on COVID-19’s Economic Impact, Health Care Impact, and Societal Impact in America, as well COVID-19’s wider Global Impact.  Two other database sections are on Past Pandemics, covering HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, influenza outbreaks, and other biological disasters, and Vaccination, covering past vaccine mandates, current COVID vaccination issues, and vaccine-related debates.  As with most HeinOnline databases, the “COVID-19: Pandemics Past and Present” database has basic and “Advanced Search” capabilities.  You can also browse titles by Title, Author, Date, or Subject.  C|M|Law students and faculty can access HeinOnline from the Law Library home page QUICKLINKS or Research Databases.

Judicature: A Scholarly Journal Focused on the Judiciary

Judicature is a scholarly journal focused on the judiciary, the administration of justice, and the rule of law. The Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School is responsible for the publication of Judicature.

Judicature’s mission is to create a forum for judges, practitioners, and academics to share ideas, best practices, perspectives, and opinions—and in doing so, provide insight into the issues and ideas that are shaping the judiciary and the administration of justice.

USCA or USCS? New Research Suggests Consulting Both

A recent article from the Law Library Journal sheds some light on the age-old question: USCA or USCS? The article, Comparing The United States Code Annotate and the United States Code Service Using Inferential Statistics: Are Their Annotations Equal? 113 Law Lib. J 207, is available on HeinOnline.

USCA, United States Code Annotated, is on Westlaw and USCS, United States Code Service, is on Lexis. Most students (and lawyers, for that matter) use their preferred brand to access the US Code. Most people assume they are basically the same, but author Emily Marcum concludes that’s not the case. She states that there was “a significant amount of non-overlap between the case annotations” offered by each service.

Therefore, law students may want to check both services since both can be accessed while in school.

New “Air and Space Law” Database

photo of space craft above earthThe C|M|Law Library now provides access to the HeinOnline Air and Space Law database.  This database “covers the multitude of ways humans interact with and explore the earthly skies and distant reaches of outer space.”  Topics include “the role of aviation in an interconnected global economy”; aviation’s “function as a means of travel, airline deregulation, passenger screening protocols, administrative bodies and more”; and “the advances in and impact of space exploration in day-to-day technologies, from the 20th century’s race to the moon, space shuttle disasters, proliferation of satellites, and the increasing numbers of commercial entities and their stakes in outer space.”  Database materials include books, periodicals, scholarly articles, US Code Title 51, selected US Public Law legislative histories, US Congressional Committee prints and hearings, US Code of Federal Regulations Title 14, Congressional Research Service Reports, US Government Accountability Office Reports, as well as links to selected organizational websites and research guides (such as the C|M|Law Library’s Space Law Research Guide).  As with all HeinOnline databases, access to the Air and Space Law database is available off the CSU campus with a CSU ID and PIN.

Brush Up Research Skills with Law Library Legal Research Seminars

Law Library Legal Research Seminar LogoThe Fall semester is in full swing, and many of you may be grappling with significant research projects for the first time.  The C|M|Law Library provides numerous Legal Research Seminars to help you get up to speed.  Our Legal Research Seminars are available online as a “Course” on the Westlaw TWEN platform.  [Connect to TWEN, select Manage Courses – Add Course, then select “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars.”]  Our Legal Research Seminars cover Lexis and Westlaw resources, effective searching on Lexis and Westlaw, Bluebooking, Administrative Law, Legislative History, Family Law, Foreign Law, HeinOnline resources, Research on the Web, Law Library Study Aids, and the Scholar Catalog.  C|M|Law students may also complete the quiz accompanying each Legal Research Seminar to earn points.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a “Legal Research Letter of Recognition” and a Digital Badge, which you can share on social networks, blogs, and websites.  For more information on the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact