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


Live & Online Law Library Legal Research Seminars

This Spring 2018 semester, the Law Library is conducting two live Legal Research Seminars for C|M|Law students.  We are also offering many Seminars online, via the Westlaw TWEN platform, for students to complete at their convenience.  Remember, your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law.  When you earn 100 Seminar points, you receive a Legal Research Letter of Recognition & Digital Badge, for posting to your LinkedIn page.  Students can earn multiple Letters & Digital Badges.

The two live Legal Research Seminars will take place 4:50pm-5:50pm in Law Library Room A059.  Both are a must see if you plan to be working this summer!

  • Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” – Thursday, March 29th – We’ll examine key Ohio research resources, as well as discuss effective strategies & best practices for their use. (25 points)
  • Getting Ready to Clerk – Thursday, April 5th – Legal practitioners will discuss research projects done by clerks & new associates – how projects are assigned, typical projects, and feedback to expect. (25 points)

The online Legal Research Seminars are available via the Westlaw TWEN platform:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law,” as well as cite primary authority.
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – Explore the power of search techniques beyond natural language searching. Understand the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements.
  • Westlaw Overview (and) Lexis Advance Overview – Leap beyond Google and start to harness these two legal research giants. Learn big box & pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • Shepard’s (and) KeyCite – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? Examine reports in Shepard’s & KeyCite, and discover the power of these legal citator services.
  • Bluebooking – You and The Bluebook can be friends. For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation & style rules, and abbreviation & jurisdiction tables.
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, and learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic.

Additional online Seminars will be added during the Spring 2018 semester.  You earn points for an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  Points vary per online Seminar.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar topic twice.]

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including our MLS and LLM students.  For additional information, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

Ohio Resources: Register of Ohio

 When researching a legal issue, it is important to check for regulations on the topic, including proposed and recently adopted regulations. The Register of Ohio is the official source for notice of and information about Ohio state agency rule-making processes. In addition to notices of proposed rule-making and hearings, the Register also publishes recently adopted rules, emergency rules, no-change rules, and more. The Register is kept up to date according to a strict publication and purgation schedule. Rules that have been purged from the Register can be found codified in the Ohio Administrative Code.

The Register website offers a few different ways to browse or search for documents, and it is helpful if you can narrow your search by agency. For example, if you are looking for Medicaid rules relating to nursing facilities, you can select search by “Keyword in Title and Filing Agency,” then enter Ohio Department of Medicaid as the agency. You can also browse by agency to look at all proposed and new rules, which is useful for staying up to date if you work in an area that is heavily regulated by a particular agency.

For more on Ohio sources, check out the Ohio Primary Law Guide. For more on administrative law, check out the Administrative Law Guide.

 

 

Research Skills for Work & Class – Law Library Seminars on TWEN

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Are you working this semester break or Spring semester?

Do you want to get a leg up on upcoming classes?

 

Enhance your research skills with Law Library Legal Research Seminars on the TWEN platform!

 

Available Law Library Legal Research Seminars on TWEN:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources (12.5 points)
  • Bluebooking (25 points)
  • Terms & Connectors Searching (12.5 points)
  • Westlaw Overview & KeyCite (12.5 points @)
  • Lexis Advance Overview & Shepard’s (12.5 points @)

Connect to TWEN, then click the “Add Course” button, then add the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course to your “My Courses” list.  You earn points for a TWEN Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  [You cannot earn points for attending – live or TWEN – the same Seminar twice.]

Remember, your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  When you earn 100 points, you will be awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

11/9 “KeyCite” Seminar – Gift Card Drawing after Seminar

image of superhero womanThe Law Library KeyCite Legal Research Seminar is Thursday, November 9, 4:30pm-5pm, in Law Library Room A059.  Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? You’ll examine components of reports in KeyCite, and discover the power of this Westlaw legal citator service.

This will be the last live Law Library Legal Research Seminar this Fall 2017 semester.  Remember, Law Library Seminars are taught by Research Librarians, not vendor/company representatives.

Also remember the special prize for attendees of live Seminars – we have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card after each live Seminar.

Key points about Fall 2017 Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including LLM/MLS students.
  • You do not need to register to take a live Seminar – simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each live Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • ** Each of the live Seminars will be available online, via Westlaw’s TWEN platform, approximately two weeks after the Seminar‘s live date.  Connect to TWEN, then click the “Add Course” button, then add the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course to your “My Courses” list.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute live Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute live Seminar.  You earn points for “attending” 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.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you will be awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.

** Currently, there are 4 Law Library Legal Research Seminars on the TWEN platform:  Starting Research with Secondary Sources (12.5 points), Bluebooking (25 points), Terms & Connectors Searching (12.5 points), and Westlaw Overview (12.5 points).

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

4 Legal Research Seminars on TWEN

image of superhero womanFour of the Law Library Legal Research Seminars are now available on the Westlaw TWEN platform:

* Starting Research with Secondary Sources (12.5 points) –  Why recreate the wheel?  Secondary sources can help you get a leg up on your legal research.  This Seminar examines key secondary sources, and explores best practices for their use.

* Bluebooking (25 points) –  You and The Bluebook can be friends.  Learn to effectively use it for faster legal drafting.  This Seminar explains how to apply citation & style rules, and abbreviation & jurisdiction tables.

* Terms & Connectors Searching (12.5 points) –  Learn powerful key search techniques beyond natural language searching.  This Seminar demonstrates how to construct searches using connectors in Lexis Advance & Westlaw, and you’ll see amazing results.

* Westlaw Overview (12.5 points) – Leap beyond Google and harness the power of this legal research giant.  This Seminar highlights big box & pre-filtered searching, and shows how to print/download/email search results.

To “attend” an online Seminar, simply connect to TWEN and add the “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars Course” to your TWEN Course list.  Then connect to the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars Course, and view a Seminar.  To earn Seminar points, you need to correctly answer 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz, and you can take the quiz multiple times.  Additional Seminars will be added to the TWEN C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars Course throughout this Fall 2017 semester.

Of course, you can always ask us questions after doing an online Seminar, but obviously, live Seminars have the advantage of you being able to ask questions in real time.  Also, no Quizzes at live Seminars, and we have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card after each live Seminar!  We have one remaining live Law Library Legal Research Seminar this Fall 2017 semester:

  • KeyCite – November 9, 4:30pm-5pm – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one?  You’ll examine components of reports in KeyCite, and discover the power of this Westlaw legal citator service.

Remember, when you earn 100 points – from online and/or live Law Library Legal Research Seminars – you will be awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.