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Summer and Graduate Access to Library Resources

Many Moritz Law Library resources are available to graduating students, including extended access to Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg, and continued access to the physical library. Reference librarians also remain available for research assistance and consultations. See the library’s document on  Information for Graduating Students . For current students, you can continue to use your Westlaw passwords this summer for any non-commercial research in which a client is not being billed. You also have unlimited use of your Lexis+ passwords this summer, and Bloomberg Law access will also continue uninterrupted, subject to the yearly Docket allowance of $1,500. Students should check with their employers before using law school passwords for outside employment. Finally, be sure you’re practice ready for any assignments this summer and beyond. Check out Lexis’s  Prepare to Practice Resources , Westlaw’s  legal research certifications , including the Prepare to Practice Certification, and Bloom
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Study Aids and Wellness Resources

As the semester winds down, be sure to check out all of the electronic study aid options available through the Moritz Law Library. In case you are looking for a specific title, we have included the names of some of the more popular series next to the database where you can find them. ·         CALI : Lessons and Subject Outlines ·         LexisNexis Digital Library : Mastering, Questions & Answers, Skills & Values, and Understanding ·         West Academic Study Aids : Acing, Exam Pro, Gilbert Law Summaries, and Short & Happy Guides ·         Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library : Emanuel, Emanuel CrunchTime, Examples & Explanations, and Glannon Guides You can find your CALI authorization code and your Wolters Kluwer library card number  using this link . Going into this finals period, you may be struggling—personally, academically, or both. If so, please take advantage of the programs and services available to you, which you can find on the College’s  He

Celebrate National Library Week

April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week. This year’s theme is “Welcome to Your Library.” We here at Moritz Law Library want to take this opportunity to remind the Moritz Community of the many services we offer our students, staff, and faculty. Please visit our homepage for a full description of our services and to access our research guides , library catalog , and legal databases . You can keep current on Moritz Law Library news and events by following the Moritz Law Library on Twitter , and keeping up with the Moritz Legal Information blog. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian . In addition to our own services, we want to make sure our patrons are aware of the variety of other library resources and experiences available to them both on-campus and in the greater Columbus area.   The Ohio State University Libraries has numerous locations throughout campus that offer access to study space and specialized collections. OSUL also offers a number of dig

Expand Your Research Skills with Advanced Legal Research Courses

As you register for 2021-2022 courses, consider enrolling in an Advanced Legal Research course taught by one of the Moritz College of Law’s reference librarians. These courses expose students to new resources and also help further develop the research skills introduced in LAW I and LAW II. In the Spring 2022 semester, Assistant Director for Public Services Matt Cooper will teach our more in-depth, two-credit advanced research course. This course focuses on equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to tackle a wide variety of complex research questions with both subscription and freely available resources. The course features simulated client scenarios based on research problems likely to arise in legal practice. In addition to the 2-credit general ALR course, recently offered one-credit courses have focused on a specialized practice area or jurisdiction. Next spring, Reference Librarian Emma MacGuidwin will teach Advanced Legal Research: Business and Tax. T

Chat with a Moritz Librarian

In addition to email and phone, Moritz Reference Librarians are available to answer questions via the chat service. From the law library main page, click on “Services,” then “ Ask a Librarian .” There, you will see the box labelled “Chat with a Librarian.” Online chat services are available during reference hours, which are generally: Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. As our LibGuide points out, chat works especially well for quicker or more straightforward questions. More complicated requests or projects can be best handled by contacting one of the Moritz librarians via email, either to an individual librarian or the general reference email at . If you would like to schedule a one-on-one session with a Moritz librarian to discuss an in-depth project, you can request a research consultation .

Need a Study Break? Check Out “Films on Demand”

One of the many resources that OSU University Libraries provides access to is Films on Demand , a database containing over 45,000 educational videos, including full-length films and documentaries. These videos cover a wide range of academic topics and include content from the American Museum of Natural History, BBC, HBO, The Ken Burns Collection, National Geographic, PBS, and many others. To browse, visit Films on Demand and click “View All” under the Subjects column in the Main Menu. From there, the options are endless. For example, Criterion Collection buffs might choose “World Cinema,” under which they can find links to La Dolce Vita (1960), The Home and the World (1984), Throne of Blood (1957), and more. Whether you’re looking for knowledge or entertainment—or a little bit of both—you’re sure to find something that piques your interest.

Free and Low-Cost Legal Research Options

Interested in exploring legal research systems beyond Westlaw Edge, Lexis+, and Bloomberg Law? The Moritz Law Library has created video presentations on various free or low-cost research alternatives. You can access the videos via the “Research Resources” tab in the Moritz  Legal Research and Writing Success  guide. Some of the resources discussed include: Casemaker (cases and statutes). Free to law students and faculty who register; also accessible to members of statewide bar associations like the Ohio State Bar Association. Fastcase  (cases and statutes). Accessible through the Moritz Law Library and to members of local bar associations such as the Columbus Bar Association. and  (legislative history) Justia , LII , and SSRN (secondary sources) While the presentations are pre-recorded, you are welcome to reach out  to any of the reference librarians with questions you may have after viewing the videos.