April-May 2016

Scroll down to read about the library’s strategic plan, a national award won by two Moritz reference librarians, new University Press ebooks through OhioLINK, Google Scholar’s Library Links, student access to library resources during the summer and post graduation, an updated print cancellations list, and new books in the Moritz Law Library collection.

Moritz Law Library Strategic Plan

Assistant Dean Sara Sampson and the Moritz Law Library have developed a strategic plan for 2016-2019, now available on the Moritz Law Library website. The plan sets forth a vision, mission statement, and several strategic goals containing more detailed objectives and action items.

Azyndar and Mattson win National Award for Paper

Reference librarians Susan Azyndar and Ingrid Mattson won an American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)/LexisNexis Call for Papers award for their short paper, Show and Tell in the Legal Research Classroom: Screencasting as an Effective Presentation Format. In their paper, they discuss the use of the screencasting software, Jing, as a way to assess student learning in two advanced legal research courses. Azyndar and Mattson recently shared their work at a Moritz Teaching Innovation Group brown bag, and will present their paper at the July AALL annual meeting in Chicago.

More University Press Ebooks Available through OhioLINK

The OhioLINK academic library consortium, of which the Moritz Law Library is a member, recently added an ebook package of 2015 and 2016 titles on Oxford University Press’ University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform. The package includes 2015 and 2016 titles from University of California Press, University of Chicago Press, MIT Press, and Yale University Press for a total of 530 titles. Some of these titles are law-specific, but many are in related disciplines like history, philosophy, political science, and psychology. Moritz library users will soon see links to these ebooks in the OSU library catalog.

Use Google Scholar’s “Library Links” to Connect to OSU Libraries Resources

Google Scholar can be a handy tool for many of us searching for journal articles across disciplines. Using Google Scholar’s “Library links” setting, you can make it easier to access the full text of articles in databases subscribed to by Ohio State University Libraries. On the Google Scholar homepage, click on “Settings” near the center of the top of the screen. Next, along the left-hand side of the screen, select the “Library links” tab. If you search for “Ohio State University,” you will be able to add The Ohio State University Libraries to your Library links. Once you’ve done that, you will see a “Find It @OSU” link next to articles in your Google Scholar results, which will take you to the electronic version of that article in one of OSU Libraries’ databases.

In addition to Google Scholar, OSU databases useful for searching across disciplines include Scopus, Web of Science, and Academic Search Complete.

Student Database and Library Access Extends Through Summer and Past Graduation

As 1Ls and 2Ls leave campus for summer jobs and travel, and 3Ls study for the bar and prepare to enter into practice, know that the Moritz Law Library will continue to provide them with research assistance and access to legal resources. Recent graduates will have access to the secure OSU wireless network for two years after graduation and 24-hour access to Drinko Hall and the Law Library through July 2016. Moritz alums are always welcome to visit the Library and use our resources and, with a Law Courtesy Card, can continue to check out books indefinitely. Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and Thomson Reuters Westlaw all permit summer and post-graduation use, at least for certain purposes. For more details, see the Moritz Law Library’s Research Assistant Resources Guide or ask a reference librarian.

Updated Print Cancellations List

In order to realize needed savings, the Library recently cancelled a number of print publications, most of which remain available online through WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, HeinOnline, or other Library databases. An updated list of these cancellations is now available. Search the online catalog for individual titles or contact the Reference Desk for assistance. Contact Sara Sampson with any questions or concerns about the library’s print cancellations.

New Books at the Moritz Law Library

See the books below recently acquired by the Moritz Law Library as well as the full list of materials acquired in the last month.
Software and the law : reference guide for software patents / Francis M. AllegraEngines of liberty : the power of citizen activists to make constitutional law / David Cole 	Primary politics : everything you need to know about how America nominates its presidential candidates / Elaine C. KamarckGender nonconformity and the law / Kimberly A. Yuracko