Category Archives: Research Tips

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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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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Hein Search Tip Update

When customers speak, Hein listens and acts–quickly.  I recently received an email from HeinOnline’s Vice President of Production Development, Shane Marmion, addressing some of the concerns I raised in a recent blog post regarding searching in HeinOnline.  He said that Hein had tweaked their code so that the “Turn to Page #” links within “View [...]

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Local Gov’t Law Research

While much of the research lawyers do revolves around state and federal law, local governments also have laws that lawyers should be familiar with and know how to research.  I recently wrote a short piece for Student Lawyer magazine that attempts to introduce students to local government law and provides some tips on researching these [...]

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Hein Search Tip

I love HeinOnline.  It’s a must-have for all academic legal research.  With that said, there are still a few minor things I’ve learned to work around to make my research experience better.  One of these is the functionality of “view all matching text pages.”  Let me explain. When researchers run a search in HeinOnline’s law [...]

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Tax Research

Researching tax law can be tough.  We’re lucky enough here to have a law librarian, Dennis Sears, who is a tax research expert.  To help tax law researchers, Prof. Sears has created and maintains a Taxation Law Subject Guide that is extremely helpful.  It points researchers to a variety of print and electronic sources in [...]

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Low-Cost Legal Research

As school was coming to an end I blogged about student access to Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg for the summer.  While the access to Lexis and Bloomberg is wide open, some of you may not have access to Westlaw this summer.  Some of you may also be in firms that don’t use any of the more expensive legal [...]

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Armed Conflicts Database

The Law Library has recently subscribed to the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Armed Conflicts Database.  This database monitors current conflicts worldwide, “focusing on political, military and humanitarian trends in current conflicts, whether they are local rebellions, long-term insurgencies, civil wars or inter-state conflicts.” Currently there are 41 armed conflicts occurring across the world.  This [...]

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Summer Help

The Write-On is winding down and externships and jobs will soon be starting up.  Just because you’ll be gone for the summer doesn’t mean the library will abandon you.  This is the time for you to put those legal research skills into practice and we’re here to help if you need us.  The reference desk [...]

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WL/LX/BL Summer Access

Finals are over!  Congrats!  Now that “summer” is here, it’s time to answer a question that I get often throughout the school year.  Can students use Westlaw or Lexis during their summer work?  The answer is that it depends.  Each legal research vendor has its own policies on what summer accounts can be used for [...]

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