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April 2009Law Library News

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One More Wednesday WorkshopSave the DateWeb Site of the Month
New Research GuidesAudioCaseFiles

classroom One More Session Added to Wednesday Workshops

As a result of several student requests, the reference librarians have added a session on Cost-Effective Legal Research to the Wednesday Workshop lineup. This workshop is offered on April 8th from 1pm-2pm in D236. It will cover tips and tricks to keep your research costs to a minimum in the real world. If you are interested, sign-up for this session at the Circulation Desk.

Lexis and Westlaw also continue to offer training in their products. A list of all research training is available on the library's web site.
classroom Save the Date

The Law Library has scheduled the Ultimate Research Refresher for Friday, May 15th. This all-day research training is designed to help you brush up on your research skills before beginning as a new associate, summer clerk, or other real-world situation which will require legal research skills. Although the class will run throughout the day, students can attend all sessions or pick the ones more relevant to their impending research needs. A sign-up sheet is available at the circulation desk.
AudioCaseFilesFocus on: AudioCaseFiles

Are your eyes tired from reading those pesky, old casebooks? Are those casebooks too heavy to even carry to the gym? If so, AudioCaseFiles may be one way to reduce your stress. AudioCaseFiles has downloadable mp3 files of more than 1000 cases. The opinions are not text converted to speech, but professionally read, edited (abridged) opinions. The site also has thousands of hours of trial video, including openings, closings, examination of witnesses, hearings, and more. The researcher can browse material by topic or by specific casebook. To access the material, students should sign up with their law school email address. AudioCaseFiles, and many other useful resources, are available through the library's subscription database page.
Web Site of the Month - LegallyMinded is a social networking site specifically geared toward lawyers, law students, and other legal professionals. Legallyminded is sponsored by the ABA. The user must create an account to join the community, but ABA membership is not required. The site is similar to LinkedIn except for the law focus, and it is more professional than Facebook or MySpace. The page includes news related to the legal community, recent job postings, blog posts, and group discussion. Members can find other members near their location with similar interests, such as a practice area or a law school. They can also join different groups, from employment lawyers to rain makers, or members can create new groups. For the law student, Legallyminded has career advice, information on passing the bar, and other useful information.
New Research Guides

There are several research guides available on the library's web site. The research guides provide information on the best resources to use when searching a particular area of law. Below are a few of the newer guides, but the entire list is available on the library's web page.

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act Research Guide has information on EESA with a focus on banking issues and reforms, such as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Higher Education Law Research Guide lists news resources, internet sites, major treatises, blogs and other information related to legal issues specific to higher education.

International Economic Law Research Guide provides the best resources for information on international trade, including web sites, subscription databases, and law reviews.

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