Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Learn How Students Have Used Moritz Law Library Resources

Did you know that the Moritz Law Library offers many, many databases beyond Lexis and Westlaw? An ever-growing collection of ebooks? Many resources in print that aren’t available online? A legal fiction and popular DVD collection? Reference librarians available by live chat and in the summer for research guidance on your challenging work assignments? On Thursday, November 9th at 12:10 in the Moritz Law Library Reserve Room, Moritz students will share how library resources and reference librarians have been helpful when doing research for course assignments, extracurricular activities, job interviews, and more. Moritz librarians will be there to offer additional information about useful resources with which students may not be familiar. The Pro Bono Research Group and the Moritz Law Library are co-sponsoring this event. Food will be provided.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Putting Your Legal Writing Experience to Good Use

Odds are, you have spent hundreds of hours on legal writing during law school. With LAW I, LAW II, App Ad, Transactional Practice, Advanced Legal Writing, numerous seminars, writing for journals, and employment, you’ve possibly spent more time writing than reading. Even if you are only a 1L, your LAW I closed memos or judicial opinions have been completed, and writing probably took so much longer than you ever thought it would when you first sat down in class.

If the thrill of learning or the hope of earning an A aren’t enough motivation or reward for all that time spent writing, consider putting your writing experience to work by submitting something to a law student writing competition. Suffolk University Law School and the Moakley Law Library have created iCompete Writing: A Compilation of Legal Writing Competitions, which arranges competitions by date and topic, giving you a chance to win glory and cash prizes up to $25,000. You can write on a wide range of subject areas—41 to be precise. But if nothing in particular captures your attention, some competition prompts are quite broad: “There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject” according to the rules for the Judge John R. Brown Award of $10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing.

Give it a shot. Submit to several competitions if rules allow. Quite often the submission pools are not deep, and you have a high chance of winning something. If you’re concerned about your writing skills, this could be an opportunity to develop them further under low-stakes circumstances. And of course, we in the law library have developed a research guide designed to help you get organized, come up with topics, write well, and address any other legal research and writing need you might have. Feel free to schedule a research consultation to get started earning money for all that legal writing effort you’ve made over the years.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Keep Current with New Audio Journals from ModioLegal

Need an alternative to reading, reading, and more reading? Listen instead. ModioLegal offers audio files of several practitioner publications, including the Tax Lawyer, ABI (American Bankruptcy Institute) Journal, and Litigation in Practice. The company plans to announce more titles in the near future. While you commute or work out, you can learn about tax treaty shopping, whether nationwide service of process is in jeopardy in bankruptcy cases, or the reliability of expert witnesses.

This is a new service being offered to law schools on a trial basis. To subscribe, go to www.modiolegal.com, click on “Law School Portal” in the box on the right side of the screen, and enter the requested information. Once you have signed up, you can also use this service on your mobile device.

If you do subscribe, the Moritz Law Library would love to hear your feedback. Please email us at lawlibref@osu.edu by December 5, 2017, with your comments.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Alternative Study Spaces, On- and Off-Campus

The Moritz Law Library is proud to serve as the primary study space for our law students, but as we enter the back half of the semester, some of you may find a change of scenery may be beneficial for your study habits. If so, the Law Library has a few suggestions of alternative study spaces that may help sharpen your focus and re-energize your efforts:
  • The views from the Thompson Library’s Campus Reading Room on the 11th floor, or the stately bearing of the Grand Reading Room on the 2nd floor, may provide inspiration for your scholarly ambitions.
  • The 24-hour access to the 18th Avenue Library may be perfect for night owls or those embarking on caffeine-fueled, last-minute efforts.
  • The small but secluded Fine Arts Library may be your best option if you prefer silence and solitude.
  • Finally, if you need to get off campus and you’re tired of Market District, check out the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s newly re-built Northside Branch, just a short walk down High Street from Drinko Hall.
Feel free to ask at the reference desk for further suggestions on alternative study spaces, on- or off-campus.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Cheetah: New Wolters Kluwer Legal Research Platform

The Moritz Law Library now provides online access to cybersecurity and privacy materials on Cheetah, the new legal research platform from Wolters Kluwer. In addition to Wolters Kluwer and Aspen publications, such as Sotto’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Deskbook and Delta and Matsuura’s Law of the Internet, Cheetah contains federal and state statutes and regulations, comparison charts, and specialized journals. Cheetah is designed for a more intuitive, smoother research experience than its predecessor, IntelliConnect, with a Google-like search box, filters for refining your search, and an easy-to-read document display.

The Moritz Law Library will continue to add more practice areas to our Cheetah subscription. Materials for a given practice area will continue to appear in IntelliConnect until the practice area is added to Cheetah.

If you have any questions on accessing or using either IntelliConnect or Cheetah, please ask at the reference desk.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Career Resources at the Moritz Law Library

Take advantage of the career resources and materials at the Moritz Law Library to gain insight on how to find and land the law job of your dreams. The Moritz Law Library’s Career Resources Guide will direct you to websites, journals, and books that can aid in the job search and interview process, as well as databases that can help you research potential employers and interviewers. The Job Resources shelves in the Law Library’s Reserve Room display our most recent books about job searching, interviewing, and practice areas. Other books on legal careers can be found throughout the Law Library by searching the library catalog.

Of course, do not forget to check out the Career Services Office website and the Career Services Handbook for invaluable information and guidance on how to find the best law job for you.

Please ask at the reference desk if you have questions about the Law Library’s career resources.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Online and Print Study Aids at the Moritz Law Library

The Moritz Law Library now provides online access to Wolters Kluwer Study Aids in ebook format. Moritz law students can now consult the hundreds of study aids in this collection, which includes Examples and Explanations, Glannon Guides, and Emanuel CrunchTime and Law Outlines. To use these study aids, students must set up their own accounts:
Other study aid ebooks can be found on West Academic's online Study Aids collection, which contains over 500 titles, including Nutshells, Gilbert Law Summaries, and Black Letter Outlines.

The Moritz Law Library also maintains a large collection of print study aids in the Reserve Room on the second floor. For a full description of the library’s study aids collection and other academic success materials, see the library’s research guide on this topic.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coping with Water Damage in the Law Library

On the morning of Thursday, September 14, members of the Moritz Law Library staff came into work to discover exploded ceiling tiles and wet carpet on the third floor of the law library. The librarians, library staff, and staff from other departments in the Moritz College of Law sprang into action to identify and remove books in danger of being damaged by the water leaking from the roof.

Now and until the new roof has been tested, a small but significant portion of the law library’s physical collection will remain under plastic. Books on the third floor with call numbers between KF300 and KF3600 will be listed as “Not Available” in the library catalog. If you need a book from that part of the collection, please ask at the circulation desk.

Access to the physical collection is central to the law library’s mission. The Moritz Law Library holds the largest law library collection in the state of Ohio and one of the largest in the country, and the books in our collection are used by scholars, students, and lawyers from across the university, the state, and the country. In the 2016-17 year, 36,298 books from the law library’s collection were checked out, with 2,742 loaned to other libraries in Ohio and 1,921 loaned to libraries outside of Ohio.

The members of the Law Library administration and staff appreciate the patience and understanding of our patrons during this time, and we hope to see unrestricted access to the materials and space on the third floor restored in the very near future.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Request a Research Consultation with a Moritz Librarian

If you are writing a research paper for a seminar or a note for a law review or journal this semester, now might be a good time to schedule an in-office research consultation with a Moritz Law Library reference librarian. These individual meetings are scheduled in advance to give the librarians time to prepare useful research strategies and sources to help you get started researching your particular issue or topic.

To request a research consultation, go to http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/lib/research/request-a-research-consultation/ and fill out the online form with a description of your research project and the times you are available to meet. Reference librarians are available to meet from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, typically within 2-3 business days after your request is submitted. If you need research assistance sooner, please stop by the Reference Desk. Reference Desk hours and contact info can be found on the Ask a Librarian page.

Monday, September 11, 2017

BuckeyeBox and Microsoft Office: Free Software and Storage Solutions for OSU Students

Working on a group project for class? Sharing documents or images with others? All OSU students, faculty, and staff have access to BuckeyeBox, a cloud-based collaboration tool that allows users to conveniently store and share digital files. To set up a BuckeyeBox account, go to https://box.osu.edu and click on the red “Sign Up” box in the upper-right corner. Setting up the account is easy -- just enter your OSU username.# and password, which you’ll also use to log in. Files stored on your computer can be dragged and dropped into your BuckeyeBox account. Box apps are available for access from mobile devices. BuckeyeBox is designed as an easy way to share files and folders, but should not be used for restricted data. Storage space on BuckeyeBox is unlimited.

Also, as an Ohio State University student, you can install Microsoft Office 365 on your personal Mac or PC for no charge. Details are available at https://osuitsm.service-now.com/selfservice/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=kb04725.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

New Bookeye4 Scanner in Law Library

Welcome back, students! As some of you may have noticed, a new scanner now resides near the Law Library Administration Suite, next to the Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Federal Reporter. The KIC Bookeye4 scanner is designed to make copying and scanning materials fast and easy, with its automatic and adjustable book cradle, high speed processing, and clear, crisp, colorful images. Additionally, its ability to digitize and save scanned material to a USB or email makes it ideal for collecting sources for accuracy checks. The new scanner is also cost effective; printing scanned documents is only four cents per page compared to the previous copier’s rate of ten cents per page. Stop by the circulation desk for more information or assistance using the Bookeye4.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

More Free Study Aids!

The law library’s subscription to the online Wolters Kluwer Study Aids is now available to all Moritz students. To start using it, you will need to set up an account.
  • Your login info can be found on the Moritz intranet. If this doesn’t work, reach out to the library circulation or reference desks for help.
  • Once you’re logged in, you can personalize your experience (i.e., take notes, add bookmarks, and highlight text by creating an account or clicking on “To Personalize Login”)
Remember that the library also provides a collection of print study aids in the library’s reserve room and a subscription to CALI lessons, and West Academic Study Aids.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Get Answers Quickly by Chatting With a Moritz Reference Librarian

Where can I find state legislative history documents? How do I cite to an administrative decision? Get answers to research questions like these quickly and easily by chatting with a Moritz reference librarian. Just pull open your web browser and go to http://moritzlaw.osu.libguides.com/AskALibrarian to use the Moritz Law Library’s chat reference service.

Online chat services are available during normal reference desk hours, Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm. Chat reference generally works best with relatively straightforward questions. For more complicated or in-depth research questions, it is still best to visit the reference desk or request a research consultation.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Welcome Back! Changes at the Moritz Law Library

The Moritz Law Library welcomes new and returning students for the fall semester. You may notice a few changes in the library such as:
  • New chairs for the carrels on the third floor, matching the more modern chairs on the main level and mezzanine
  • Re-painted and soon-to-be re-decorated study rooms on the third floor
  • A new book and document scanner on the main level providing more convenient scanning to email or flash drive Color and double-sided options for printing in the computer lab
Contact library staff if you encounter any problems using equipment, resources, or study space. Also, note the suggestion box at the circulation desk near the library entrance. Have a great semester!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Summer and Post-Graduation Access to Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw

Over the summer months, students at the Moritz College of Law can continue to access their student accounts with the three major legal research platforms (Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and Thomson Reuters Westlaw). For graduating students, access will be extended for a limited period after graduation. However, students should be aware that each platform sets different restrictions on summer and post-graduation use.

Bloomberg does not have any restrictions on summer use and will continue to be available to graduating students for six months after graduation. Lexis also does not have an “academic use only” policy and will continue to be available to graduates until the end of the year. Westlaw permits limited use for education-related or non-commercial purposes. Graduates can continue to access Westlaw for 18 months after graduation, but must first register with Westlaw's Grad Elite Program. For more details, see the Moritz Law Library’s Research Assistant Resources Guide or ask a reference librarian.

Fastcase is another legal research option for summer or post-graduation use. Fastcase provides a quick and easy way to search federal and state cases and statutes, state constitutions, administrative opinions, regulations, law reviews, and legal forms. The Columbus Bar Association offers members free access to Fastcase, and a number of firms and solo practitioners in town use it. Moritz has an institutional account, which you can access here.

UPDATE (4/17): Westlaw's prohibition against using your student account for commercial purposes during the summer applies only to current students, not to recent Moritz grads. The Grad Elite Program allows Moritz graduates to use Westlaw for 18 months after graduation for any purpose, commercial or otherwise.