Author Archives: Shawn Nevers

Key Numbers in WestlawNext

When WestlawNext originally launched a number of years ago, I found it interesting that Topics and Key Numbers were less visible than they had been in Westlaw Classic.  It’s not that Topics and Key Numbers were gone–in fact, I would say they play an even greater role in WestlawNext because of their incorporation into the [...]

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Happy Constitution Day!

September 17 is Constitution Day, a day we celebrate the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787 in Philadelphia.  As a researcher, I’m drawn to thinking about the history and the sources surrounding important documents like the Constitution.  If you’re ever interested in examining these sources, you’re in luck.  The Law Library houses a [...]

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Legal Info. Overload

Researchers deal with a consistent problem these days – legal information overload.  The sheer amount of legal information can be overwhelming, especially for new researchers.  While the abundance of legal information isn’t going away, researchers can develop skills and techniques to effectively deal with this problem.  To assist, I recently wrote a legal research column [...]

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New Classrooms

As many of you know, the library’s room 275/76 was one of several areas under construction this summer.  Room 275/76 was originally the library’s computer lab, but as laptops become common the space was better used as a classroom.  Over the last several years, 275/76 has functioned as a classroom despite still being set up [...]

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Welcome, Class of 2017!

The Law Library is happy to welcome the class of 2017 to the law school!  We’re excited that you’re here with us and want you to know that we’re here to help you throughout your legal education.  In addition to the study carrels and the books you see around you, the law library has many [...]

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New Library Website

Today we’re happy to announce the launch of our new website!  A lot of hard work has gone into the new design, especially by our webmaster Laurie Urquiaga.  Please test it out and let us know if there’s anything you find that isn’t working.  While most of the content on the page has remained the [...]

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Goodbye, Galen

Tomorrow we say goodbye to our wonderful faculty services librarian, Galen Fletcher. Galen has been a fantastic colleague and someone whom our faculty, students, and all of us in the library have come to rely on for research and library support. Galen has worked in our library since 1997, first as our government documents librarian [...]

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Lexis Advance Revision

Lexis is currently working on an update to Lexis Advance that will bring some big changes to how the interface looks and add some nice improvements.  Unfortunately, the new release won’t be available until September (which will make things a bit tricky for those of us that would like to use Lexis Advance in our [...]

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New CALI Website

CALI (“The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction”) has recently released a revamped version of its website (along with a whole new color scheme).  CALI still offers its great interactive tutorials that are excellent for students trying to master their classes.  They are now up to 950 different lessons in 35 legal subject areas.  (I don’t [...]

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Foreign and Int’l Law Research

While most legal research classes naturally focus on researching the law of the United States, there is a large body of foreign and international law research that most students aren’t exposed to.  Foreign and international law research can be quite challenging and often frustrating if you don’t know where to go.  Luckily for us, one [...]

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