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Opinio Juris        2014 / August/September

Scroll down for updates on major legal databases, new Moritz Law Library research guides, CALI resources including a revamped website, email notifications of new SSRN papers, new books in the Moritz Law Library, and the extension of password term length.

Legal Research Database Updates

Below are brief updates on new features in three of the major legal databases provided by the Moritz Law Library. Updates include:

  • Practical Law on Westlaw; West Academic Study Aids collection
  • Lexis’ new interface; Lexis’ Practice Advisor
  • Bloomberg Law’s “Case Analysis” enhancement for the U.S. Code and C.F.R.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact a reference librarian.

WestlawNext recently introduced a database called “Practical Law” (formerly called the Practical Law Company). Practical Law provides model transactional and litigation documents with commentary, step-by-step checklists, timelines and overviews of common transactions, multi-jurisdictional comparison tools, and market trends. The link for Practical Law appears on the right side of the screen once logged in to WestlawNext.


The Moritz Law Library also recently subscribed to West Academic’s online Study Aids collection, available through the Westlaw platform. This collection includes over 400 titles ranging from contracts to oil and gas law, as well as law school success, the bar exam, and career success. Access these materials at eproducts.westlaw.com or by clicking on the “My eProducts” link from Westlaw’s law school home page. For a full description of the library’s study aids collection and other academic success materials, see the library’s new research guide on this topic.

Lexis Advance:
This week, Lexis launched a new variation of its Advance platform. To get acquainted with the new look, Lexis offers background and demo videos. Generally, the look is more streamlined. Gone are the tabs and the carousel. When users begin typing the name of a resource such as Collier on Bankruptcy into the main search box, Lexis now suggests the resource as an option to access. We’ll provide more guidance as we gain more familiarity with the new look ourselves.


Lexis Advance also now offers additional transactional materials in the Lexis Practice Advisor, covering practice areas like securities, bankruptcy, and IP. Included are model forms and agreements with annotations, tips and checklists, relevant secondary sources, and market trends. From the Lexis Advance search screen, select “Lexis Practice Advisor” from the “Research” drop-down menu in the upper left corner as shown above.

Bloomberg Law:
While Bloomberg Law does not offer an annotated code as its competitors do, it now includes a citing reference tool for the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations. When you access a code section or regulation, you will see a blue “Case Analysis” tab near the top of the screen, which will list court opinions citing that law. You can narrow these cases by court or topic, and re-order them by date or most cited cases.


New Moritz Law Library Research Guides

The Moritz Law Library has created several new online legal research guides. These guides are designed to point students in the right direction as they prepare for class, exams, and employment. We encourage you to tell your students about the guides and link to the guides through your course pages (e.g., TWEN). The guides are as follows:

(1) Legal Research and Writing Success. The guide is intended to be a starting point for students who need legal writing, general writing (e.g., grammar), research, and citation help. The topics covered include Textbooks, Getting Organized, Basic Research Resources, Transactional Drafting, Good Grammar & Other Tips, Citations, Well-Written Books and Articles for Inspiration, When is it Plagiarism?, and Getting Help with Writing and Research.

(2) Law School Academic Success. This guide gathers general resources on success in law school, subject-specific study aids, and exams.

(3) Career Resources. This guide provides a selective overview of career resources material available through the Moritz Law Library. Students will find resources for every stage of the job search process, from choosing a practice area to interviewing to settling into a new position.

These guides were created with input from various faculty and staff members around the law school. Should you have a suggestion regarding additional content on these topics, please let us know.

Tutorials and ebooks on the new CALI website

The Moritz Law Library offers students access to web-based tutorials and other resources through the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, or CALI, a non-profit legal consortium. CALI provides access to nearly 950 interactive “lessons” created by law professors and librarians in 35 legal subject areas. CALI recently revamped its website, now providing more user-friendly access to its lessons, organized by first-year and upper level courses. CALI also offers a growing ebook collection, enabling convenient reading on mobile devices of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and other items.

Access CALI material from the library’s Legal Research Databases page under the subject “Study Aids” or go to www.cali.org. New Moritz users must first click the “register” link in the upper right corner. Contact a Moritz Law Library reference librarian for the student and faculty registration codes or with any other questions.


Email updates of new papers on SSRN

Want to stay current with SSRN postings in a particular subject area? Moritz faculty members can subscribe to SSRN subject matter eJournals through the Moritz Law Library’s subscriptions to the Legal Scholarship Network and the Political Science Network. These journals provide email updates of new papers in various topic areas. From SSRN’s subscriptions page, click on the relevant network and select Moritz. Creating a free account is necessary if you do not already have one. An SSRN video tutorial explains the process of subscribing to ejournals.

Please contact a reference librarian if you have any difficulty.

New Books at the Moritz Law Library

See what’s currently available on the Moritz Law Library’s New Book Shelf in the reserve room, including the titles below. A complete list of new materials acquired in August is also available.


Tech Corner: 180 Days Later

Now you can keep your name.# and Moritz computer passwords twice as long. Once your current password expires, your new password will work for six months. For more information, including tips about creating a strong password and keeping it safe, visit the CIO announcement.

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