Call Numbers: The Basics

by PSL Law Library 12. September 2013 14:33

 

Call numbers are derived from a classification system used by libraries to organize materials into classes (subjects) so like materials are shelved together.  Our Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System which is often used by academic libraries in the United States and other countries.  You may be more familiar with the Dewey Decimal Classification System, most often used by public libraries.  You can find call numbers on the spine or cover (lower left corner) of the material.  Call numbers also appear in the results list and item records in the catalog.  If an item in the catalog doesn’t have a call number then it’s an online resource.

The call number can be narrowed into very specific subjects:
a. K is for Law
b. KF is for Law in the United States
c. KF801 is for Contract Law in the United States
d. KF801.A7 is for Casebooks on Contract Law in the United States
e. KF801.Z9 is for Study Aids on Contract Law in the United States 

Now that you know what a call number is you can use this information to locate materials in any academic library.  Find study aids on Contracts in any collection (or library) by looking for items with the call number KF801.Z9.  Many call numbers contain the publishing date to help ensure you select the latest edition.  Glannon Guide to Contracts, KF801.Z9 S49 2013 was published in 2013.  Finally, find a greater number of materials on a subject by looking for materials with similar call numbers.

*For more information on call numbers please refer to the library maps located at the Research Desk.

Arizona Legal Research Guide

by Lidia Koelbel 20. June 2013 10:09

The Library would like to announce the publication of the Arizona Legal Research Guide.  This newest guide is a compilation of numerous helpful resources for different types of research on Arizona's laws, cases, regulations, and practice.  The guide includes free resources proven to be very useful in real practice when costly subscription databases are no longer readily available. 

There is also historical information and links to other compilations of resources expanding the materials available to you.  Take a look for yourself.  You can access the guide here:  http://researchguides.phoenixlaw.edu/ArizonaLegalResearch

Alison Ewing's expertise in Arizona legal research was crucial to the composition of this guide.

Flashcards Conveniently Available Electronically

by Lidia Koelbel 3. May 2013 08:00

In a valuable new development, West is making flashcards available electronically to PhoenixLaw students through the Library-funded Study Aid subscription.

Log in to Westlaw with your Library-issued username and password and follow the instrucrtions below:

 

 

 

 

Phoenix Law Review Entered Into the Congressional Record

by Lidia Koelbel 1. May 2013 11:08

On April 25, 2013, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) introduced the Phoenix Law Review Victim's Rights Issue Volume 5 during a Congressional hearing on the proposed National Victims' Bill of Rights.  You can view the special edition on HeinOnline.

The Phoenix Law Review members worked on this special edition of the journal related to the new proposed national Victim's Rights Amendment.  The law review board also traveled to Washington last April to attend the first of many hearings on the bill.

Phoenix School of Law's Adjunct Professor Steve Twist worked with the Law Review group on the special edition and arranged for them to meet the Arizona delegation to Congress.

View the hearing here.

 

(Still of the April 25, 2013 Hearing)

Suggestion for an Interesting Read

by Lidia Koelbel 24. April 2013 08:28

May I recommend a short, amusing and educational publication? It is a great poolside read with actual court opinions. The title is Judges Say the Darndest Things. Check its availability in your Law Library by clicking the title.

The sections Fred Shackelford compiled for the book might just clarify concepts for you.

See one of the selected opinions published in rhyme on Westlaw: Fisher v. Lowe, 333 N.W.2d 67 (Mich. Ct. App. 1983) (You will have to log into your Westlaw account). See also Irvin v. Smith, 654 N.E.2d 189 (Ohio 1993) (You will have to log into your Lexis account).

 

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