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


Law Library Legal Research Seminars – New Seminars Just Added

The Law Library has added four new Seminars to its Legal Research Seminars, available on the Westlaw TWEN platform:

  • 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. [17:33 mins; 12.5 points]
  • HeinOnline – Review the wide array of content (eg, law journals, session laws, foreign law), date coverage, and unique features of this full-text “database of databases.” [16:49 mins.; 12.5 points]
  • Bloomberg Law Overview – Learn basic search features, and review content not available on Lexis Advance & Westlaw. [ 25:39 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Practical Law by Westlaw Review the specialized practice areas, resources and features of this unique Westlaw product. [13:44 mins; 12.5 points]

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.  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.  Other Seminars, already available on the Westlaw TWEN platform, are:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]

In these Law Library Legal Research Seminars, already available on the Westlaw TWEN platform, you will learn big box & pre-filtered searching, how to print/download/email search results, how to use citator services to update and expand your research, and the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements:

  • Westlaw Overview [20:03 mins; 12.5 points]
  • KeyCite [10:16 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Lexis Advance Overview [21:11 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Shepard’s [11;54 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Terms & Connectors Searching [10:48 mins; 12.5 points]

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

 

Reference Management Tools: Zotero and Juris-M

Are you planning to complete an upper level writing requirement or other significant research project during the upcoming semester? You may be interested in software to help manage your research and citations. Zotero is a free program that uses a browser extension to capture citation information and full-text files from sources on the web. The program enables you to organize your research by tagging, creating collections, and  automatically performing saved searches. Zotero can also sync your data across devices, and create citations and bibliographies.

Juris-M is a version of Zotero geared specifically for legal research. It also offers collection, organization, citation, and syncing functions. Check out this tutorial for more information.

More Tools to Improve Your Writing

Did you miss last week’s post about Grammarly? Here are two more editing tools that can improve your writing. Lawyers are often known for their verbose writing. That’s not necessarily a good thing. WordRake is a software add-on for Microsoft Word and Outlook that edits your documents for clarity. As the name implies, the program rakes through your document, eliminating unnecessary words and suggesting tighter, more cogent language. This program is subscription-based, but a free trial is available. You may also check out the WordRake blog and free writing tips.

Another option is PerfectIt by Intelligent Editing, a proofreading tool that checks your documents for abbreviations, style consistency, spelling, typos, lists, and tables. Specifically for legal writing, PerfectIt checks Bluebook citations, legal-specific typos, and terms of art. PerfectIt is also subscription-based and offers a free trial. You may find some helpful tips in the Legal Editing section of the Intelligent Editing blog.

Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Always Available for You!

Law 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? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law” for you, as well as cite primary authority. [17:02 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Westlaw Overview – [10:48 mins; 12.5 points] – Leap beyond Google and start to harness this legal research gtiant. Understand big box and pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • KeyCite – [10:16 mins; 12.5 points] – Why is a red flag different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? Learn how to use the Westlaw citator service to update and expand your research.
  • Lexis Advance Overview – [21:11 mins; 12.5 points] – One more time, leap beyond Google and start to harness this legal research gtiant. Understand big box and pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • Shepard’s – [11:54 mins; 12.5 points] – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow triangle, and what should you do when you see either one? Learn how to use the Lexis Advance citator service to update and expand your research.
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – Explore the power of search techniques beyond natural language searching. Learn the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements. [10:48 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]
  • Administrative Law – [29:59 mins; 25 points] Break through the mysteries of agency rulemaking and case adjudication. Learn the key resources for finding federal and Ohio agency regulations and decisions.
  • 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. [28:33 mins; 25 points]

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

Improve Your Writing Skills with Free Online Tool

grammarly logoIf your summer internship has highlighted the need to improve, or at least be more mindful of, your professional writing and communication skills, check out Grammarly. Powered by AI, Grammarly checks your writing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice and style mistakes. Featuring a free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari, Grammarly will correct your writing in an email, social media posts, and other web content. You can also copy and paste text into Grammarly’s online grammar checker, or you may download Grammarly for Microsoft Office. In addition to correcting your mistakes, Grammarly explains the reasoning behind each correction, helping you learn and improve. These tools are all free to use.  The Grammarly Handbook is also available for free and provides guidance on grammar and style. A Premium version is available, offering extra tools and features.

For other resources on writing, check out our two guides: Scholarly Writing Resource Guide and Scholarship Technology.