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.”
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!
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!
Barry Law students, faculty, staff, and alumni, by now you’ve probably seen the dynamic new redesign of Weblaw, our School of Law intranet site:
It’s a huge improvement over the previous version, both in form and functionality. But you may have noticed some things are in different places. Know that you can always get to our Law Library website just by clicking on Law Library, and then you may want to consider bookmarking our page or adding it to your Favorites:
If you need to access professors’ online course reserves, syllabi, or older versions of their final exams, they are all available from the Academic Program tab on Weblaw:
If you need to access CLASP, the Registrar, Financial Aid, or Career Services resources, those are all available from the Student Resources tab on Weblaw:
And remember, just as always, if you are anywhere off campus, you first need to log into http://ezproxy.barry.edu with your Barry username and password, and then click “School of Law Intranet” in order to access Weblaw, our Law Library website, and all of their resources (including most of our Law Library research databases). So we strongly recommend you add the http://ezproxy.barry.edu link to your Bookmarks or Favorites as well.
Don’t forget we’re throwing a launch party for our new Encore catalog THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, September 7th!
Swing by the Law Library between Noon and 1:30 PM, and again from 5:00 to 6:00 PM, to attend a very short (we’re talking 3-5 minutes!) Encore searching demonstration, to show you how Encore searches our own physical Law Library holdings as well as results from dozens of Law Library and Barry University Main Library databases. It’s like searching Google, but without all the garbage results from personal blogs, biased corporate-owned websites, and abandoned Geocities and Angelfire pages from the late ’90s.
Then you can enjoy a piece of FREE delicious cake, walk away with a prize for attending, and get entered into a raffle for a larger, even more fabulous prize!
The Law Library is definitely going to be the place to be and the place to party this Wednesday, so come join us, and get introduced to Encore. It’s going to change the way you do research, and you’ll be happy you came.
And if you want to start using Encore right away, it’s already available on our brand-new, redesigned Law Library website. You can either click “Catalog” at the top of the page, or just start searching in the box in the middle of the page: