This Week - Workshops for both Beginner and Seasoned Researchers

by Michelle Vallance 19. February 2013 14:22


Are you currently enrolled in an externship or working as a legal intern? Need some help researching Arizona laws? The Law Library is offering a workshop on Arizona Legal Research tomorrow, Wednesday, 2/20 from noon-1pm in Classroom 1337. This workshop, part of our Law Practice Series, will introduce you to important resources for Arizona legal practitioners, including many free or low-cost alternatives to the major commercial vendors.

Are you a first year law student looking for some extra practice developing research strategies? Or, are you a 2L or 3L looking for a refresher on legal research principles? The Law Library is offering a workshop, titled Legal Research in a Nutshell, this Thursday, 2/21 from noon-1pm in Classroom 1337. This workshop will include reviewing secondary sources in order to find cases, statutes, and regulations.  You will also practice generating search terms, including conducting advanced terms and connectors searches. 

Can't make it this week? The Law Library will be offering workshops on many different topics throughout the semester. Take a look at our library workshops page to view a list of workshop descriptions and a link to the workshop calendar.

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"Writing a Winning Exam Answer Every Time"

by Yvette Brown 18. February 2013 11:24


With mid-term exams now just around the corner, it is time to ramp up your exam writing skills.  The Law Library provides access to The Eight Secrets of Top Exam Performance in Law School, 2d through our Westlaw Study Aids Subscription.

Pressed for time, simply read the secret that will enhance your area that needs the most tinkering – issue spotting, organization, or IRAC.

Here are just a few of the Secrets from the Summary of Contents:

Secret #3:  Flawless Issue Spotting—The Crucial First Step For Top Exam Performance (page 20)

Secret #4:  Organizing Your Answer for Maximum Possible Points (page 27)

Secret #5:  The Hidden Traps to “IRAC” That Most Students Miss (page 47)

Secret #6:  Writing a Winning Exam Answer Every Time (page 59)

For more secrets, click on Prof. Charles Whitebread, The Eight Secrets of Top Exam Performance in Law School, 2d.



Need Someone To Talk To? Chat With A Librarian!

by Alison Ewing 13. February 2013 18:36

Having trouble locating articles for your research project? Not sure how to focus your search? Wondering about library hours and services?

You can get help in real time no matter where you are--at home, coffee shop or study room with your backpack, laptop and notes scattered around you.

To access chat: Go to the "Ask a Librarian" on the Library’s website and type in your question in the Chat box. A research librarian will help you.   

Chat Hours

Monday- Thursday, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

View the Chat Research Policy and FAQ.

Need a Nudge: Getting Started On Your AWR Workshop (Tue Feb. 12 at Noon in Room 1337)

by Yvette Brown 11. February 2013 14:10


Since some Professors like to have an initial outline of the article by week 4 and the first draft by week 9 and most of the known universe has not heard of let alone written an ABA required AWR paper before law school, the AWR Liaison Program created the Getting Started on Your AWR Workshop. 

This extremely popular workshop takes the mystery out of writing a paper that “must include significant legal research, original thinking and analysis.”  Yes, an AWR seems like a huge undertaking, but it is not if you break it down into manageable chunks.

So, join us and explore the pre-research process for a scholarly paper and setting personal research deadlines and discover the wonderful world of research resources beyond Google, Westlaw, and Lexis. 

Remember, one of the keys to a well written AWR is “do[ing] your research with an open mind. Be willing to make whatever claims your research and your thinking lead you to, and even be willing to change or refine the problem itself.” (Prof. Volokh)

For more keys to a successful AWR attend the Getting Started on Your AWR Workshop and consult  Writing A Student Article.  Prof. Volokh provides a mini how to manual on writing a scholarly paper.


Eugene Volokh, Writing A Student Article, 48 J. Legal Educ. 247, 249 (1998)

2.3.3 Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR). (Phoenix School of Law Student Handbook)



AWR Tip: ProQuest Research Library

by Alison Ewing 5. February 2013 19:00


Need Non-legal background information for your paper?

 Try  Research Library! 

Recent searches for PSL students yielded results on: internet gaming and tribes, carbon dioxide emissions, blood alcohol content and Cuba’s new rules on buying and selling real property! 

ProQuest Research Library can be found in the drop-down menu on the Library’s Website under Library Databases.

From business and political science to literature and psychology, ProQuest Research Library™ provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects. The database includes more than 5,000 titles - over 3,500 in full text - from 1971 forward. It features a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.



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