Featured Database: Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases

The Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases has been published since 1973. It is now available electronically on HeinOnline. For those tracking Court activity, this is an invaluable resource. Click the “Create eTOC Alert” button to get each new issue emailed to you upon release (contact your Barry law librarian if you need assistance).

Published monthly from September through April, each issue provides a summary of the procedural history of each case that will be heard by the Court in the month to come, and presents an analysis of the legal issues, including a summary of the arguments by both sides. The most recent issue was released March 20; the table of contents is pictured below, and lists the cases previewed.

 

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t forget about researching for your papers!

We know many of you are working on your open memos, appellate briefs, upper level writing papers, or seminar papers for your classes, so don’t hesitate to reach out to a Reference Librarian for research assistance, brainstorming on topics, or anything else you might need. You can e-mail all of us at LawReferenceLibrarians@barry.edu or schedule a PERC (Personal Research Consultation) at http://barry.libsurveys.com/perc .
 
Have a great weekend, and make sure to do something nice for yourselves, even though you’ll surely spend part of it working.

Best of luck on midterm exams next week!

Best of luck to all our students taking midterm exams next week! The Law Library will be closed to all non-Barry students, faculty, staff, and alumni from Monday, February 13th through Wednesday, February 15th, excluding people studying for the February Bar Exam.
 
In the meantime, students, feel free to ask the Reference Librarians and Circulation Desk staff for any study aids you might need, and remember you have access to 24-hour checkouts of e-book versions of the Q&A and Understanding series on the LexisNexis Digital Library: https://barrylawschool.libraryreserve.com/10/1334/en/SignIn2.htm?branchid=818&URL=Default.htm

Celebrate Black History Month with the Law Library!

The Law Library has many print books, eBooks, and databases that you can use to learn about or research African American history, law, culture, and leaders! Check out our display on the first floor of the Law Library. We have several books on African American leaders in the legal field in our display.

Our HeinOnline database has a collection focused specifically on the effects of slavery on the history of the United States and the world, titled: Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law. Paul Finkelman, the Editor-in-Chief of the collection, explains, “This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.”black-history-month

To access the Law Library’s databases, go to the Law Library webpage and click on the tab for Databases. On the Database webpage, you will see a list of databases that you can access by clicking on the hyperlink to the database.

Accessing eBooks is an easy process. Simply log into the Law Library Catalog, run your search, select the eBook you want, and click the hyperlink to go directly to the eBook!

As you conduct your legal research, don’t be afraid to ask a Reference Librarian!

We’ve had an uptick in our reference statistics this week, with lots of 1Ls asking us questions all week because their LRW open memo draft is due on Tuesday.  That’s great!  We hope we’ve been helpful so far.

For the rest of you: Please don’t sit there stressing and overwhelmed, banging your head against your nice new MacBook Airs. Ask one of your reference librarians, ideally leaving yourself enough time to get the research and writing work done.  We obviously can’t give you the answers, but we can help guide you toward them, hone your search strategies, and make you feel more comfortable and familiar with the legal research database of your choice.

Reference Librarians Diana Botluk, Louis Rosen, and Jason Murray, plus our Associate Director and Head of Public Services Whitney Curtis and our Head of Technical Services Elizabeth Outler (who both take shifts at the reference desk as well) all have law degrees, as well as Masters degrees in Library and Information Science, putting us in a great position to be of assistance.  We’ve been to law school, we’ve survived LRW, and we empathize more than you know.  We can help you narrow down searches using the Lexis and Westlaw filters, choose helpful secondary sources, use Shepard’s and/or Keycite to make sure your cases are still good law, and from there, springboard off those cases to find additional authority.

Seriously, talk to us!  And if you have a thought at home, or after hours, e-mail us at LawReferenceLibrarians@barry.edu .  If you want to schedule a one-on-one meeting, we offer PERCs — Personal Research Consultations — at times that are convenient for your busy schedules and stressful lives.  Go to http://barry.libsurveys.com/perc to set up a PERC with one of us.

We also strongly recommend you schedule one-on-one sessions with your LRW professors during their office hours, or possibly even reach out to their hard-working TAs, who are successful 2Ls and 3Ls who have been just where you were, not that long ago.  They know more of the specifics for this open memo assignment, so they might be able to guide you even better than we can.

And for you upper-level students working on articles and class papers, this all applies to you, too.  Reach out to us in person or via e-mail, and let us know if you want to schedule a PERC as you delve deeper into researching your topics.  If law school was easy, everyone would do it, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it completely alone, without assistance or guidance.  That’s where your Reference staff comes in!