November/December 2020

Promoting Faculty Scholarship

Don’t forget about the many opportunities and resources that exist for law faculty to promote their scholarship. A few key strategies that you should work on if you have not already done so are to claim a profile on Google Scholar, enhance your profile on HeinOnline, and register for an ORCID iD.

Claiming a profile on Google Scholar is a great way to increase the visibility of your scholarship. Ask your library liaison for assistance with creating or updating your Google Scholar profile and adding links to your publications that are not currently in Google Scholar. You can do a number of things to enhance your profile, including making it public, adding a photo, curating your list of publications, editing your research interests, and linking to your faculty web page.

Updating your HeinOnline author profile is another important tool for promoting your legal scholarship. Hein now allows authors to edit their own author profile pages, using the MyHein login page, or allow authorized librarians to make edits for them. The Law Library has ensured that each of our author profiles is linked to the Moritz institutional profile, and we have been making changes or updates to many of our profiles.  Ask your liaison for help with making additional edits to your Hein author profile.

Registering for an ORCID iD is another great way to enhance the visibility of your scholarship, especially if your work crosses into other disciplines. ORCID (Open Research Contributor ID), provides a free, unique digital identifier for authors. You can list your works in your ORCID profile, and then use your ORCID iD to uniquely identify your published works in various places, including HeinOnline and SSRN. Ask a librarian about how to create an ORCID iD and connect it to your other profile pages.

Finally, take note of the Moritz Law Library guide, Law Faculty Services: Scholarship, for additional tips and insights on maximizing your scholarly impact.

HathiTrust Continues to Provide Emergency Temporary Access

In addition to online databases and ebooks available through the OSU Libraries catalog, Moritz Law Library users continue to have access to nearly two million scanned print volumes through HathiTrust, a consortium of academic research libraries of which Ohio State is a member. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HathiTrust continues to provide emergency temporary access to copyrighted material in its digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections. This special digital access corresponds to approximately 46% of the print collections held by University libraries.

To take advantage of this resource:

  • Visit https://www.hathitrust.org and click the yellow “LOG IN” button.
  • Select “The Ohio State University” and log in using your university credentials.
  • Use the site to locate the item you wish to view.
  • Click on the Temporary Access link at the bottom of the record to check out the item through the Emergency Temporary Access Service.

If you are having difficulty accessing needed library material, contact a reference librarian or email the reference desk at lawlibref@osu.edu.

CALI Webinar Series on Instruction

Interested in integrating CALI resources into your teaching? In October and November, CALI presented an online seminar series demonstrating how their various programs and resources can be integrated into law school courses. The webinar series has been uploaded to Youtube and is available for free.  The series covers a number of topics, including: using CALI LessonLink to Reinforce Teaching, how LessonLink can be used to bring synchronous CALI lessons to your courses, CALI’s eLangdell Press and Ebooks, and integrating CALI’s QuizWright into your courses for assessment purposes.

If you have questions about using any of these resources, please contact a Moritz reference librarian.

Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Since former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing on September 18, 2020, many law schools, law libraries, and legal blogs have created research guides and other content to honor her legacy. Washington and Lee University School of Law has compiled RBG: A Reading List, which highlights texts written by and about Justice Ginsburg. In Monday Round-Up: Remembering Justice Ginsburg, SCOTUSblog has gathered links to obituaries, personal remembrances, and commemorations honoring Justice Ginsburg and her work. The Library of Congress has also composed a blog post titled Justice Ginsburg in the Collections at the Law Library of Congress, which provides information on the items in their collections that are by and about the Justice—many of which are available online. The post includes a link to Justice Ginsburg’s interview at last year’s National Book Festival, where she discussed her 2016 book “My Own Words.”

Additionally, Gonzaga University School of Law and Florida International University College of Law both held separate virtual panels in honor of Justice Ginsburg. In 2009, the Ohio State Law Journal held a symposium on “The Jurisprudence of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” which is available on the Knowledge Bank.

HeinOnline’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Database

HeinOnline has recently introduced a new database: Civil Rights and Social Justice. Presented as an aid during what some are calling “the new civil rights movement,” the database contains almost 4,000 titles on civil rights in the U.S. and aims to help users “understand the roots of this fight, how far our nation has come, and how much we have yet to improve.”

The publications include briefs from U.S. Supreme Court cases, hearings, legislative histories, CRS reports, and scholarly articles. Specifically, some of the very interesting materials include specially selected law journal articles from 1875 to the present, over 600 titles from the United States Commission on Civil Rights, reports on rights throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, and a pioneering project from the 1940s: “Statement of Essential Human Rights,” presented in digital format for the first time.

This new database is available with Moritz’s subscription to HeinOnline. Here is the off-campus link to HeinOnline, and, if you are interested in more information, here is the introduction to the database from the HeinOnline Blog

New Acquisitions at the Moritz Law Library

The Moritz Law Library and the Ohio State University Libraries continue to acquire content for library users, much of it accessible online. See a sampling below. A complete list of materials acquired by the law library this fall is also available.