During the 2018 Fall Semester, the O'Quinn Law Library reference librarians will offer a series of lunchtime and evening presentations on legal research topics. Presentations will be given at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays from September 25 through October 24. The presentations will be offered twice per week on a different topic focusing on legal research skills. All Presentations will be given in Room 1 BLB, except for the Researching Databases beyond Westlaw and Lexis Advance presentation on Wednesday, October 24, which will be given in Room 109 BLB.
Food and beverages will be provided to the first twenty attendees!
1. Researching Case Law
Tuesday, 9/25, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Wednesday, 9/26, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)
Presented by Brittany Morris-Easley, Intellectual Property Law Attorney
Case law research for fun and good grades!!! Case law research is incredibly important to both your law school classes and to the practice of law. In this Research Recess we will discuss some of the tools available to you as a student to make case law research as easy and productive as possible. We will particularly talk about headnotes and case histories in the major databases and how to use them to refine and perfect your research.
2. Legislative and Regulatory Research
Tuesday, 10/2, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Wednesday, 10/3, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)
Presented by Dan Donahue, Foreign and International Law Librarian
This research recess session will review the federal legislative process, how to find (or make) a legislative history, and how to use major print and electronic resources for finding statutes and other materials created in the legislative process. This session will also review federal agency resources, and discuss how to find agency rules, administrative decisions, agency guidelines and similar resources.
3. Researching Secondary Sources
Tuesday, 10/9, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Wednesday, 10/10, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)
Presented by Chris Dykes, Head of Public Services
Secondary sources can save attorneys and law students valuable time. This session will provide an introduction to these materials and the benefits to using them. We will cover the different types of secondary sources such as treatises, handbooks, practice guides, legal periodicals, news and current awareness sources, legal encyclopedias, and policy institutes, among others. We will also discuss finding tools and how to access and research secondary sources through online subscription databases.
4. Searching Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law
Tuesday, 10/16, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Wednesday, 10/17, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)
Presented by Emily Lawson, Associate Director of the Law Library
Learn how to successfully (and cost-effectively) utilize these popular legal search services throughout law school and into the real world. This session will provide you with an understanding of how Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are designed, and describe several advanced search techniques to increase precision and reduce search time.
5. Researching Databases beyond Westlaw and Lexis Advance
Tuesday, 10/23, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Wednesday, 10/24, 5:00-5:45 (room 109 BLB)
Presented by Robert Clark, Reference and Research Librarian
Whether you are looking for an obscure journal article or researching the legislative history of a federal statute, there will be times when you have to use databases other than Lexis Advance and Westlaw. This session will introduce you to HeinOnline, ProQuest Congressional, and Thomson Reuters Checkpoint, as well as a number of free and low-cost resources available online.