August-September 2016

New Moritz Law Library Guides:

College History and Digital Archives Guide

Interested in researching the early history of the Moritz College of Law or locating information about former students, alumni, faculty and staff who contributed to the success of the College over the years? A new library research guide on College History: Digital Collections & Archives features library resources and digital archives of interest to Moritz researchers. The guide provides selected highlights of College history and directs users to further information on digital collections, print archives and pictorial resources. Digital collections include the College of Law Class Composites (1902-1996), alumni and student publications such as All Rise, Buckeye Barrister and the Law Record, as well as all five law journals, beginning with the Ohio State Law Journal, first published in 1935.

The library’s guide complements the wealth of historical information on the Moritz website regarding the 125th Anniversary of the College’s founding, with law classes held for the first time on October 1, 1891. For questions about researching College history, related publications and archives, please visit the library’s Reference Desk or email lawlibref@osu.edu.

Faculty Services Guide

The Moritz Law Library’s faculty services guide provides information on a wide variety of resources relevant to the work of Moritz faculty. The guide is organized in three major categories:

Teaching: Here you’ll find information about putting readings, videos, or practice exams on reserve, arranging group research instruction or individual research consultations for your students by Moritz librarians, using online polling tools in the classroom, running anti-plagiarism software offered by Lexis, and more.

Research: This section includes examples of the types of questions (from quick to more involved) that Moritz librarians typically field from faculty, ways to keep current with the latest scholarly developments in your specialty area, information about librarian guidance for your RAs, descriptions of the different library catalogs you can search, and details on how you can suggest new books for the collection.

Scholarship: This section provides information about tracking citations to your work, promoting your scholarship, preserving your scholarship digitally in OSU Libraries’ Knowledge Bank, capturing internet citations with the archiving tool perma.cc, and using BuckeyeBox to collaborate with others.In addition to the above topics, the guide gives an overview of circulation services and policies, discusses library space related to faculty, and notes staff members to contact when you have questions. Let us know if you think of other items to add. Also, look for a print brochure version of this guide coming soon to your mailbox.

Election Law Research Guide

Just in time for the November election, the Moritz Law Library has created a guide to researching election law issues. The guide contains a wealth of election law resources, organized in the following categories: primary sources, books and journals, data and statistics, websites, and interdisciplinary resources. Potentially useful to students researching an election law topic in a seminar course, the primary sources section provides helpful tips for locating relevant state and federal statutes as well as cases on particular election law topics. The books and journals portion shows key secondary sources on topics such as voting rights, election administration, and campaign finance. The guide draws on much of the material gathered by Sara Sampson in the Election Law Research Guide that appears as an appendix to the casebook by Lowenstein, Hasen, and Tokaji.

New Library Database: JustisOne

Interested in looking at law in another common law jurisdiction to compare to U.S. law on a particular issue? The Moritz Law Library now provides access to the JustisOne database, which offers robust access to cases, statutes, and statutory instruments from the United Kingdom. The database also includes Canadian and Australian cases for more recent years. Coverage of Canada and Australia will grow in the coming years and new jurisdictions such as Ireland will be added. The database allows for broad searching across all jurisdictions and types of material, or more focused, advanced searching so users can narrow searches to particular terms, topics, years, courts, etc. Viewing cited and citing cases is straightforward. A “precedent map” visualization tool shows relationships between cases. When accessing JustisOne, click on the “Sign In” link in the upper right corner to be recognized as a Moritz user.

Help Identify Online Federal Government Information to Archive at the End of Term

The End of Term Archiving Team of the Library of Congress is working to archive material on federal government websites prior to the end of the Presidential term on January 20, 2017.The project is a collaboration of the LOC, California Digital Library, University of North Texas Libraries, Internet Archive, George Washington University Libraries, Stanford University Libraries and the U.S. Government Publishing Office. The aim is to capture material that will likely change when a new President takes office. Similar efforts were made in 2008 and 2012 with the resulting content now available in the End of Term Archive. So how can you help? Nominate federal government websites and social media accounts with the End of Term Nomination Tool. The number of nominations is not limited so for the good of public access to information, have at it! The collaborators have indicated that they particularly need help identifying pages in the following categories:

  • Judicial branch websites
  • Important content or subdomains on very large websites (such as NASA.gov) that might be related to current Presidential policies
  • Government content on non-government domains (.com, .edu, etc.)

Library’s New Acquisitions

See the books below recently acquired by the Moritz Law Library as well as the full list of materials acquired in the last month.