April-May 2017

Azyndar and Mattson Again Win AALL Award

For the second year in a row, Reference Librarians Susan Azyndar and Ingrid Mattson have won an American Association of Law Libraries LexisNexis Call for Papers Award. Their paper, Collaborative Relationships between Law Librarians and Legal Writing Faculty, won the award’s short form division. The paper is forthcoming in the Legal Writing Institute’s publication, The Second Draft. Azyndar and Mattson won last year in the same division for their article, Show and Tell in the Legal Research Classroom: Screencasting as an Effective Presentation Format, published in Thomson Reuters’ Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing. They will be recognized at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting this summer in Austin where they will also give a presentation on the paper.

ACLU Papers Archive Now Available

Moritz and other OSU library users now have access to a new archive of American Civil Liberties Union papers covering a period from the organization’s founding in 1920 through 1990. This collection, part of Gale’s Making of Modern Law series, is drawn from over two million pages of material held in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University. This searchable collection includes client and member correspondence, news clippings, case files, legal briefs, and administrative documents on topics such as free speech, workers’ rights, gender inequality, church and state separation, and more. Many documents relate to specific landmark cases such as Brandenburg v. Ohio, Loving v. Virginia, and the Scopes Trial. Access the collection on-campus or off-campus with your OSU username and password.

Bloomberg Law Re-Design

Bloomberg Law recently unveiled a redesigned user interface, changing both search and navigation. On log in, you will notice the navigation panel has moved from the top of the screen to the left hand side of the screen, and it appears throughout the website, so you can always adapt your strategy. Just click on “Browse All Content” in the upper left corner of the screen to see the navigation panel. In another notable change, the search bar will auto-suggest sources and practice centers as you type, making it easier to find a known source. If you would like a brief overview of these changes, Bloomberg Law presents an overview in this video.

In addition to these major changes, Bloomberg Law users will notice many subtler shifts and some new content. For example, DealMaker has been renamed “Precedent Search.” Smartcode is now available for federal statutes and regulations as well as those of all fifty states. You will see additional practical guidance material in many practice centers.

If you have questions about Bloomberg Law’s new interface, please contact a reference librarian.

West LegalEdcenter

The Moritz community now has access to online CLE programs through the West LegalEdcenter. Browsing or searching for programs by jurisdiction, practice area, credit amount, content provider, and keyword is possible. Programs included in the subscription have the price crossed-out and are available to Moritz users without cost. Use the advanced search option to limit results to only CLE programs included in the Moritz subscription. Click on the Moritz registration link to begin.

More University Press E-Books Added to Collection

The Moritz Law Library recently added a large number of e-books to its collection published by various university presses including Oxford University Press, University of Chicago Press, Stanford University Press, Yale University Press, NYU Press, and more. Browse these ebooks on the University Press Scholarship Online platform where they can be read online or downloaded by chapter as pdf files. You’ll also find these titles among other material in the OSU library catalog.

Research Assistant Training

As previously announced, the Moritz Law Library will hold a training session for student research assistants on Wednesday, May 17th at noon in Room 244 with lunch provided. The session (lasting approximately one hour) will cover:

  • Basic library issues (RA copy cards, interlibrary loans, faculty authorization for checking out materials),
  • Various library catalogs (the OSU catalog, OhioLINK, WorldCat),
  • Legal databases (e.g. Hein, Bloomberg), as well as database summer password extensions,
  • Interdisciplinary databases & newspapers (e.g. Factiva, Academic Search Complete),
  • Other subjects (to be determined based on specific research assignments),

Faculty members with RAs attending should contact Stephanie Ziegler (ziegler.149@osu.edu). A brief description of the type of research RAs will be working on will help the library prepare for the session as well as for questions over the course of the summer. Research assistants can be authorized to check out material on behalf of faculty members. Please contact Circulation Manager Kaylie Vermillion (vermillion.41@osu.edu) to authorize.

New Acquisitions at the Moritz Law Library

See the books below recently acquired by the Moritz Law Library. A complete list of materials acquired in the last month is also available.