January-February 2016

Scroll down to read about a new space on campus for research and collaboration, changes to WestlawNext and Lexis Advance, resources available from CALI, a catalog of upcoming student essay competitions, a reminder about the journal article alert system SmartCILP, an updated print cancellations list, and new books in the Moritz Law Library collection.

OSU Research Commons Now Open

Research CommonsOSU Libraries recently opened the Research Commons (https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/) on the third floor of the 18th Avenue Library. The Research Commons, which is only open to graduate students (including law students) and faculty, offers quiet study space, day-use lockers, rooms with unique technology, and research consultations on copyright law and data management. The Research Commons also provides private meeting space in a variety of sizes. You can also take advantage of technology like video-conferencing, a variety of scanners, wireless projection for sharing laptop screens, white boards that can double as smart boards, and computers that run Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. And when you need a break, lock up your stuff and head downstairs to the Terra Byte Café (open until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until 11:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday).

WestlawNext Renamed, Lexis.com Retired

If you’ve recently logged in to WestlawNext or Lexis Advance you might have noticed a few changes. Perhaps most notably, WestlawNext is no longer called WestlawNext, but has been rebranded as Thomson Reuters Westlaw. With this rebranding, a number of new features have been added, including Westlaw Answers, which will provide relevant excerpts from authoritative sources when you type basic legal research questions into your search box. Also, based on its analysis of your research patterns, Westlaw will now recommend relevant documents and key numbers you may have missed during your search. The Research Recommendations checklist icon can be found just to the right of the search box at the top of the page.

Lexis Advance has not been sitting on its hands, either. As soon as you land on Lexis Advance’s homepage, you are bound to notice the new Explore Content layout, which enables you to quickly locate the source you need or narrow your search to a particular source or topic.

LexisNexis also recently announced that its Lexis.com legacy platform will disappear from law school accounts on December 31, 2016. By that time, all of the content on Lexis.com will be available on Lexis Advance.

Enhance Student Learning with CALI Online Lessons


The Moritz Law Library offers students and faculty access to web-based legal tutorials and other resources through the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Law students use these interactive, web-based lessons as supplemental learning tools. But law faculty can use CALI to customize these lessons, create their own lessons, and track student performance.

Every CALI Lesson includes a Teaching Guide allowing you to review the content of the Lesson to ensure that it matches the standards of your course. You can use the AutoPublish feature to create your own lessons, quizzes, and study aids or edit existing ones. LessonLink creates a special URL for a CALI Lesson that enables you to track student performance on the interactive portions of that lesson. More details on CALI’s features for faculty are available on CALI’s FAQs page (http://www.cali.org/faq-page).

If you do not already have a CALI account, you can register on the cali.org site with the Moritz faculty code. Contact a Moritz reference librarian to receive the code or retrieve it from this Moritz intranet page. Use your OSU email address when registering.

Student Essay Competitions

Want to encourage your students to submit their work to a writing competition? The University of Richmond School of Law has assembled information about upcoming student essay competitions. The T.C. Williams Legal Essay Contest Catalog claims to be “the web’s largest collection of writing competitions for law students.” The topics vary widely. Upcoming competitions include the “Gerrymander Standard” Writing Competition, the Robert R. Merhige Jr. Environmental Law Op-Ed Competition, and the Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition.

SmartCILP Email Updates for New Law Review Articles

As Stephanie Ziegler demonstrated at last month’s faculty update, SmartCILP is a useful tool for setting up timely notifications of new law review articles by subject or publication. Set up your profile at http://depts.washington.edu/scilp/scilp3.cgi with the library’s authorization code and select the subjects and journals you wish to monitor. Contact a reference librarian for the authorization code or access it at this Moritz intranet page. You’ll soon receive weekly email notifications. New articles listed will appear as shown below and include links to Westlaw, Lexis, and HeinOnline. To access articles through Westlaw and Lexis, use the WestlawNext (WN) and Lexis Advance (LA) links.

  • Hawes, Colin, Alex K.L. Lau and Angus Young. The Chinese “oppression” remedy: creative interpretations of company law by Chinese courts. 63 Am. J. Comp. L. 559-600 (2015). [H]|[L]|[LA]|[W]|[WN]

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.