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

New “Family Law” Legal Research Seminar

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeOne of the new Law Library Legal Research Seminars is “Family Law Research Resources.”  This 13-minute video seminar focuses on relevant Ohio secondary sources and primary sources, state of Ohio and Cuyahoga County resources, and resources on the Westlaw and Lexis legal research platforms.    Law Library Legal Research Seminars are available to all C|M|Law students via the Westlaw TWEN platform – simply “Add Course” to select “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars” and add it to your list of TWEN courses.  If desired, you can complete a Seminar’s accompanying quiz to earn points toward a Law Library “Legal Research Letter of Recognition” and a “Digital Badge.”  For more information on Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact

Use Title Search for Secondary Source Information on Westlaw and Lexis

The number and breadth of secondary sources on Westlaw and Lexis can be overwhelming. Even running a pointed search may still produce hundreds of documents, which is where segments (Lexis) and fields (Westlaw) can be most helpful. In both services, secondary materials have a TITLE segment/field that is located in Advanced Search and allows you to search just one part of the document. Running the TITLE search scans the article or section title only for that word or words, limiting and likely providing more accurate results.

Wealth of Information on FDA Coronavirus Disease 2019 Site

FDA logoThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Coronavirus Disease 2019 website provides a wealth of information for administrators, health care professionals and the general public.  The site includes FDA Emergency Use Authorizations, Guidance Documents & Policies, and “conservation strategies” for Personal Protective Equipment, as well as News Releases, information on how individuals who have fully recovered from COVID-19 may Donate COVID-19 Plasma and numerous Educational Resources.

Brush Up Skills with Law Library Online Legal Research Seminars

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeKeeping research skills honed is important when in class or at work.  Law Library Legal Research Seminars cover Westlaw, Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law, as well as many topical legal research areas such as legislative history.  Several Seminars emphasize cost-effective research or include a social justice research issue.  Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students, and 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:

  • The Bluebook: Citing to Basic Sources
  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources**
  • Terms & Connectors Searching**
  • Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw**
  • Lexis Overview
  • Shepard’s
  • Westlaw Overview
  • KeyCite
  • Practical Law from Westlaw
  • Bloomberg Law Overview
  • Administrative Law
  • Cost-Effective Federal Legislative History: and**
  • Researching Foreign Law
  • Tax Law Research
  • Health Law & Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing
  • HeinOnline
  • Scholar Catalog

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

Interested in International Law?

Our newly updated International Law research guide is a great place to start. In the guide you’ll find information on where to find treaties and cases, along with books, articles, and study aids. 

One of the great resources highlighted is the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, a comprehensive online resource containing peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of public international law. Off-campus access can be gained using your CSU ID and pin.