Accessing Course Reserves, Syllabi, and professors’ older Final Exams on the new Weblaw

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:

http://weblaw.barry.edu/

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:

http://eguides.barry.edu/BarryLawLibraryHome

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:

http://weblaw.barry.edu/academic-program/

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:

http://weblaw.barry.edu/student-resources/

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.

 

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You’ve heard of a search party? Well, we’re throwing a catalog searchING party! With cake!

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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:
http://eguides.barry.edu/BarryLawLibraryHome

Encore catalog launch party: Wednesday, September 7th!

catalog launch party

As the flyer says, the Law Library is launching its new Encore catalog, for searching across the Library collection and our dozens of databases.  And to celebrate, we’re throwing a party on 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.

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:
http://eguides.barry.edu/BarryLawLibraryHome

Graduating students, continue your access to Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, and our Law Library databases!

Spring 2016 graduating students! 
Your access to Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, and other Law Library databases will continue!

Westlaw: From the home page after logging in, Spring 2016 graduates should see this image.  Click on the link:

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That will lead you to this brief survey, which you need to fill out to extend your access:
http://westlawhub.com/graduatesurvey/main/GraduateSurvey.aspx

Lexis Advance: Spring 2016 graduates have access to Lexis Advance via your law school IDs through December 31, 2016.

On July 1, 2016, graduates’ view of the Lexis Law School Home Page will switch from their current view to the graduate view.  This new view will provide helpful information for your careers and job search. It will also award you 10,000 Graduate Rewards points that can be redeemed for LexisNexis eBooks and online subscriptions for Lexis Practice Advisor, Lexis for Microsoft Office, and Law360.

Bloomberg Law: Spring 2016 graduates will continue to have access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation.  It isn’t too late to register for a Bloomberg Law account at https://profile.bna.com/bloomberglaw-activate/, if you haven’t already.

Barry Law Library Databases (HeinOnline, Fastcase, ProQuest, Intelliconnect, etc.): All Barry Law graduates will retain access to our other databases, as long as you can log into Weblaw through http://ezproxy.barry.edu with your Barry ID and password.  Make sure you keep your Barry passwords up to date, so be on the lookout for expiration warning e-mails and reset them as often as necessary.

 

If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, resolve to become a better legal researcher.

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It’s that time of year again; I hear people everywhere talking about their New Year’s resolutions. I often find them interesting, and they generally run the gamut from weight loss to being a calmer person. Have you made a New Year’s resolution? Here’s one you could try! As a law student, resolve to become a better legal researcher this year. I promise you that this is one New Year’s resolution that, if followed through on, will pay substantial dividends in your future. One of the most important skills that attorneys are looking for in new associates is the ability to conduct efficient and effective legal research, and based on survey data from the ABA, it is consistently one of the skills that attorneys cite as lacking in new associates.

 
So how can you improve your legal research skills this New Year? Here are a couple easy ways to get started. First, learn where different types of legal information can be found. We have many different databases accessible through the Barry Law Library for students to use. Many of these databases are specialized to particular types of legal information or legal topics. For example, we have Kluwer Arbitration focusing specifically on arbitration issues, and the Health Law Reporter from Bloomberg BNA focusing on health law issues. The Law Library has subscribed to over seventy legal databases available to you! Additionally, as students of Barry University, you have access to more than one hundred non-legal databases through the Barry’s main library webpage.

 
Once you’ve figured out where to find the information you’re looking for, you can focus on the second way to improve your research skills-using the database effectively. The Second way to improve your legal researching skills is by learning how to effectively use the database. Learning how to use a database requires practicing on the database. Try them out! Run some sample searches or watch a tutorial on the database to see how it works. Most databases have a ‘help page’ and tutorials that explain how to conduct research on the database. Once you’ve learned how to use one database, move on to another database and repeat the process. In a single semester you could familiarize yourself with a substantial number of legal databases and, at the same time, increase the legal research skills that law firms desire in new associates.