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May 2009Law Library News

Inside this Issue:
Ultimate Research RefresherSummer Access to DatabasesWeb Site of the Month
Library Extended HoursPreparing for Exams

Desk Are You Ready for Research?

If not, the Ultimate Research Refresher will be perfect for you. The Refresher is an all-day session dealing with the most common tasks in real-world legal research, from statutory to administrative research. Other parts of the day will cover finding reliable, free resources and how to craft a research strategy from beginning to end. The Ultimate Research Refresher will take place on Friday, May 15th from 10am-4:30pm in room F209. Lunch will be provided. Please sign up at the Circulation Desk today to reserve your spot in this session. Additional information will be available on this page.

Beach with Laptop Summer Access to Lexis, Westlaw and other Databases

Your Lexis and Westlaw access becomes severely or totally restricted over the summer, with just a few excuses for continuing access. Visit the Summer Access page for all of the details for both continuing and graduating students.

Speaking of Westlaw...
Look for information from Westlaw at the end of May concerning new security rules for your user name and password.

Clock Library Extended Hours

If you have been going home at a decent time this week, you might not have noticed, but the Law Library began extended hours on Monday, April 20th. The Law Library will be open Monday-Friday 7am-3am, and Saturday-Sunday 8am-3am. For serious night owls, F109 and the Student Lounge will be open 24-hours beginning April 27th. Richter Library is also open 24-hours from May 1st-May 12th.

More information Law Library hours, including the summer schedule...
Web Site of the Month - Florida Litigation Guide

If you are dealing with a civil action in Florida, this is the site for you. It lists the elements and major defenses for sixty causes of action in Florida, everything from Abuse of Process to Unjust Enrichment. With each cause of action, the Guide includes relevant statutes, leading cases, and court rules. Florida Litigation Guide is written by Marc A. Wites. It is the online, abbreviated version of Florida Causes of Action, which is available in the Florida Collection KFF533 .B47 2007.
Preparing for Exams

As you prepare for exams, the following information may help study go a little more smoothly...

Study Guides: The Library collects several study aids which may help reinforce what you learned in the classroom. For example, we have many of the Q & A Series, which provide multiple choice and short answer questions on a variety of subjects; as well as several of the Examples & Explanation Series, which provide basic descriptions of an area of law with examples of how the law works; and the Exam Pro Series, which also provide multiple choice questions; as well as other series. Most of the recent editions are in the Reserve Collection.

CALI: CALI Lessons provide another set of exercises which can be used to bolster what you learned in class. There are over 675 CALI lessons available in 32 different legal subject areas. Students may pick up a DVD with the lessons from the reference desk, or they may take the lessons online by registering on the CALI site with UM's Authorization Code.

Stress Reduction: Need to reduce your stress? Try checking out one of the meditation CDs or law-related films available at the Circulation Desk. Or, play a game of chess on the first-floor in the Mayer Leiter Research Area.

Bar Exam: For those preparing for the Big Exam after this semester, the Bar Exam Research Guide provides lots of resources to help you prepare for this exam as well.

Good Luck on Exams!
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