November-December 2017

All Third Floor Books Available Again

With the roof over the Moritz Law Library repaired and having withstood heavy rains, the protective plastic covering sections of books on the third floor has been removed. Thank you for your patience! We are checking to make sure every book is in its proper place, so let us know if you have difficulty locating anything. The only work that remains is the replacement of ceiling tiles, which have been ordered by OSU Facilities Operations.

Access to the physical collection remains central to the law library’s mission. The Moritz Law Library holds the largest law library collection in the state of Ohio and one of the largest in the country, and the books in our collection are used by scholars, students, and lawyers from across the university, the state, and the country. In the 2016-17 year, 36,298 books from the law library’s collection were checked out, with 2,742 loaned to other libraries in Ohio and 1,921 loaned to libraries outside of Ohio.

West LegalEdcenter

Need a few more CLE credits before the end of the year? Take advantage of the online offerings of the West LegalEdcenter. Browse or search for programs by jurisdiction, practice area, credit amount, content provider, and keyword. Programs included in the subscription have the cost crossed-through and are freely available to Moritz users. Use the advanced search option to limit results to only CLE programs included in the Moritz subscription. A search for programs accredited for Ohio yields 35 “on demand” options. Click on the Moritz registration link to begin.

LLMC Digital: A Unique Moritz Law Library Database

Loosely speaking, legal research databases tend to fall into two categories: those with sophisticated search functionality and those with unique collections. The former (e.g., Westlaw, LexisAdvance) often have lots of the same type of material, which includes cases, current versions of statutes and regulations, proprietary treatises, and practitioner materials. We value these databases, but as librarians invested in supporting faculty scholarship, we also strive to explore databases that offer more unique, often deeper looks at the legal landscape.

The online research platform of the Law Library Microform Consortium, LLMC Digital, is the latter type of database. Originally formed to digitize and make available microfiche and microfilm, the consortium provides users access to PDFs of primary authority that is difficult to find or search elsewhere. In addition to content from the U.S. federal system, all 50 states, and most western European countries, you can find constitutions, codes, judicial material, and treatises for countries ranging from Burkina Faso to Equatorial Guinea to Tuvalu to Vanuatu. To see the full scope of content, from the LLMC main page, hover over Online Services, then select “Browse Collections.”

LLMC’s latest digitization project is its Early State Records collection. The material in this collection includes over 1,000 reels of film held by the Library of Congress and not previously digitized. If a researcher has an interest in contemporaneous material from U.S. states’ earliest years (including newspapers), her option is often to request reels of film and scroll through them. From LLMC: “Applying advanced digitization post-processing and value-added metadata to these primary and secondary sources which were held in numerous state, federal and foreign libraries, historical societies, archives and legislatures, LLMC . . . will make many rare and little seen documents available to researchers and society as a whole.” In other words, much of the content can be keyword searched and there are some subject search options as well.

New Wolters Kluwer Platform: Cheetah

The Moritz Law Library now provides access to Cheetah, a new online legal research platform from Wolters Kluwer. Initial database content included Wolters Kluwer and Aspen publications on privacy and cybersecurity such as Sotto’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Deskbook and Delta and Matsuura’s Law of the Internet. The Moritz Law Library has now expanded this content to include additional practice areas found on Cheetah’s predecessor, IntelliConnect, such as intellectual property, labor and employment, and securities. The interface is designed to be a more intuitive, smoother research experience than IntelliConnect, with a Google-like search box, filters for refining your search, and an easy-to-read document display.

ModioLegal

Need an alternative to reading, reading, and more reading? Try listening instead. As you may be aware, the Moritz Law Library has complimentary access to the site, ModioLegal, through the end of the year. With plans to add more publications in the future, ModioLegal currently provides audio versions of (1) the American Bankruptcy Institute’s ABI Journal, (2) the ABA Section on Taxation magazine, The Tax Lawyer, and (3) Judge Curtis Karnow’s text on trial practice, Litigation in Practice. These audio versions are narrated by law students and designed for convenient listening on a smart phone. To register at the ModioLegal site, select “Law School Portal” and follow the steps. The form asks for “graduation year.” Select the year furthest in the future. ModioLegal offers a video with more details about registration.

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.