Congratulations are in order, and our Research Smarter workshop is this Thursday!

Yaaaaay, finals are over, and one of our best classes of students ever walked across that stage this past Friday. Congratulations to all of you, whether you just graduated or you’ll be back for more. We’re thrilled for you, proud of you, and relieved on your behalf. Either way, we hope to see you over the summer and beyond, whether you’re studying for the Bar Exam, taking summer classes, or even just hanging around this week before you leave for Spain, home, or parts unknown.
 
But for any of you who are around this week, your Law Librarians want to invite you to a series of three intensive research refresher workshops this Thursday, May 18th:
Research Smarter: Foolproof Tips for Summer Interns
It will be a day-long series of three research workshops to get your research skills in shape for the summer.
 
About to start that summer job?
Registered for a summer internship?
Writing your upper level next semester?
 
These sessions will help refresh what you need to know to help you succeed.
 
You can register for one, two, or all three sessions, and each session provides TWO HOURS of professionalism credit!
 
All workshops are on Thursday May 18th in ALC 109.
 
Schedule:
9:00am-11:00am Secondary Authority & Practice Materials
11:10am-1:10pm Case Research Intensive
2:15pm-4:15pm Statutes & Regulations
 
Go to http://barry-law.libcal.com to register. If you want to register for multiple sessions, make sure to submit a separate registration form for each.

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.

 

 

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.

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!

Search Smarter workshop TOMORROW, February 2nd, at 4:45 in ALC 203!

TOMORROW, Thursday, 2/2, Reference Librarian and Associate Professor Diana Botluk is presenting her Search Smarter Workshop in ALC 203 from 4:45 to 5:45 PM.
 
This research workshop will benefit all our Barry Law students as you research case law for your legal memos, appellate briefs, seminar papers, and the Upper Level Writing Requirement.
 
Professor Botluk will show off “power searching” techniques on Westlaw that will go much deeper than the instruction you received in Legal Research and Writing I. This workshop will benefit 1Ls immensely, but 2Ls and 3Ls, it has been a while since you attended those training days, so come refresh your skills! And if you attended one of the Law Library’s Study Smarter workshops, this one (SEARCH Smarter) is completely different.
Please RSVP in advance to lawreferencelibrarians@barry.edu, if possible. If, however, you realize at the last minute that you can attend, please feel free to do so.
 
Additionally, note that you can earn Professionalism credit for attending this workshop. We will have a sign-in sheet, so make sure you sign it to get credit.
 
We’ll see you at Search Smarter!