June-July 2019

Bloomberg Law’s Expanded Practical Guidance Content

Within the past year, Bloomberg Law has continued to expand its collection of popular Practical Guidance resources, which provide step-by-step and topical guidance on specific transactions, compliance issues, and other matters.  The documents are integrated with other Bloomberg resources and are available from an easy to access landing page.

Most recently, Bloomberg expanded its suite of Practical Guidance litigation resources, including new overviews, checklists, and sample forms and filings that will help attorneys navigate the legal and logistical issues related to initiating and defending lawsuits.  Examples include a checklist on proper service of process, an overview on subject matter jurisdiction, an overview on motions for summary judgment, and a form motion for temporary restraining order and motion for preliminary injunction.  These resources are accompanied by a new Litigation Resources page, which organizes research tools and reference materials that provide access to content such as statutes of limitations, jury instructions, court rules, laws, and regulations.  The new Practical Guidance also complements Bloomberg’s existing litigation content, which includes the well-known Dockets feature, Points of Law, and Smart Codes.

Bloomberg’s Practical Guidance suites cover more than 200 topics, including health care, cybersecurity, corporate and commercial transactions, compliance, and labor and employment.  Bloomberg Law can be accessed from the Legal Databases page on the law library’s website.  Please contact your library liaison or email lawlibref@osu.edu if you do not currently have login information for Bloomberg Law.

Plagiarism Checking Tools

The Moritz College of Law values the academic integrity of both students and faculty.  Lexis Classroom has stopped offering plagiarism checking through the SafeAssign feature, one tool to assess academic integrity.

This feature was particularly valuable, as it checked submitted work against not only materials available on the open web, but also some Lexis-specific legal content.  Here are a few options for those who would like to check faculty or student work:

Carmen Canvas: Instructors can require students to submit work through Turnitin as part of a Carmen course. The Office of Distance Education and eLearning offers details here. Turnitin checks submissions against all prior submissions, publicly available internet content, and a number of databases (not law-specific). Be aware that Turnitin sometimes results in false positives or false negatives, so it is best to review the reports carefully.

iThenticate: Faculty and staff can check their own work via iThenticate (owned by Turnitin). This tool checks work “The Office of Research Compliance provides details here. Text from submitted work may also be searched on the general internet, in legal databases, or in other databases to check for plagiarism.

Turnitin and iThenticate will identify phrases with a degree of matching, so the user can judge whether the text is a successful, attributed paraphrase or direct copying. Works that copy the structure or analysis of an argument will often be difficult to detect.

If you have questions about any of these options, please contact your liaison.

Chris Galanos Joins the Moritz Law Library

Chris Galanos recently started as a reference librarian at the Moritz Law Library. Immediately before joining the library, Chris worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois College of Law’s Albert E. Jenner Jr. Memorial Law Library while he pursued his degree in library and information science. Prior to shifting his career to law librarianship, he was a partner with the Central Illinois law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius, & Cerulo, where his practice was focused on defending doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers in civil litigation.

Chris holds a B.A. in History from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences. He will teach LAW I in the fall, and provide research support to students, faculty, staff, and other users of the Moritz Law Library.

Chris Galanos

Tech Update:  Using Two-Step Authentication in TWEN

As part of OSU’s information security framework, all software that stores data such as student information must pass a security review.  TWEN has now passed that review with the stipulation that everyone who uses TWEN take extra precaution to protect sensitive student data.
If you use TWEN, you are required to setup two-step authentication for security purposes. To enable two-step authentication, please follow these steps:

  • Login to TWEN
  • Click on update profile, located under your name on the left side of the screen
  • Click on Manage OnePass Profile located on the right side of the next screen
  • Select Security from the top menu
  • Click on Edit to enable Two-step authentication
  • Select an authentication method. Below are couple of screen shots to help along the process
  • Please contact Laju at Mansukhani.7@osu.edu for any further questions or assistance

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.