A2O Program: Demystifying the Law Library

mistThe Law Library extends a warm welcome to all new Barry law students! On Monday August 4th, some of the librarians will present an A2O program called Demystifying the Law Library. During that session we will briefly demonstrate a baker’s dozen of Law Library services that will come in handy during your next few years at Barry. We will also take some time to answer your questions about the Law Library.

The services we will explore are listed below. You won’t be able to use them until you get your official Barry online account. Once you get that, the way to get to most of these services will be to enter through Weblaw, our intranet site. You will be provided with specific instructions during orientation.

For the time being, however, we are providing you with public links to the services so that you can at least learn a little more about them if you like. These tools can be great resources to help make your life easier and make you research smarter, so be sure to take advantage of them while you are here at Barry.

Westlaw is a premier online legal research system, where lawyers and legal scholars can find a great deal of the information they need for the study and practice of law.

LexisNexis is one of the major online legal research databases, providing lawyers and legal scholars with a vast array of cases, statutes, secondary sources like legal treatises, and a huge selection of news articles, all in an easily-searchable format. All this, and they offer free printing on campus!

BloombergLaw is a newer legal content platform with a focus on transactional law resources, forms, treatises, legal and business news, federal court dockets, and other practitioner materials.

ProQuest Congressional What were they thinking? Discover what Congress was thinking and the kinds of information they considered when considering new legislation. This service includes CRS Reports, studies that can be extremely useful when examining policy.

United States Law Week serves as a weekly primer on everything interesting and important happening in the legal realm. Supreme Court updates, hot and controversial topics, legal news, and circuit splits are among the highlights. This will be a great resource for selecting and narrowing down topics for class papers and articles.

Fastcase is a legal research database that provides access to primary law from all jurisdictions in the United States through innovative search algorithms. The Florida Bar provides access to Fastcase as part of their bar membership benefits.

Audio Case Files lets you stream or download mp3 files of case opinions that correspond to those in your casebooks. A huge boon for auditory learners, commuters who spend time in traffic, and those who spend time exercising, it should help a great deal to listen to the cases you’ll be responsible for learning in class. Just make sure you still read them, too.

Intelliconnect is a research system geared toward practitioners in several legal areas such as taxation, securities, and environmental law. Most topics are those that involve a fair degree of federal regulation.  Watch a video about Intelliconnect.

Florida Bar Journal and Florida Bar News provide informative, practice-oriented articles, legal news, and editorials about the legal industry and community in Florida. They are useful for following what’s going on in our profession.

ProQuest Newsstand is a great place to find newspaper and magazine articles of all sorts. This service is provided by Barry’s main library.

HeinOnline is a resource that provides law review articles from the widest range of legal journal publications. Searching is easy, and documents are scanned directly off the printed page, so they can be downloaded as PDF files.

Academic OneFile provides access to scholarly articles from a wide variety of academic disciplines. It can help you add a multidisciplinary angle to your papers.

Cornell Legal Information Institute is a not-for-profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost. The LII publishes primary law, creates secondary materials, and experiments with new technologies in an attempt to achieve the goal of free law to everyone.


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