25. February 2013 14:17
I’ve graduated. Now what? How do I afford research? Come find out at our workshop titled Real World Research, this Tuesday, February 26th, from noon-1pm in Classroom 1337. Learn about the most important legal resources for research, including those that are free, which are essential for legal practice. Discover an affordable alternative to Westlaw and Lexis – FastCase. FastCase provides access to a variety of legal resources including cases, statutes, and secondary sources.
Are you a first semester 1L interested in the basics of legal research? Come to our Introduction to Legal Research workshop, this Thursday, February 28th, from noon-1pm in Classroom 1535, where you'll discover how to navigate Westlaw and Lexis in order to find reliable authority.
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.
20. February 2013 15:23
Tried Googling HeinOnline or ProQuest and can’t get in? Want to search FastCase but don’t have the password it requests?
The BEST way to access those and all the other fabulous library databases for your AWR paper is to go to the Library’s website and click on the drop down menu below Library Databases.
When you go through the library’s website and are on campus you won’t have to enter a username and password (unless it’s a database like Lexis or Westlaw where you have been issued an individual password, those databases have an * in the list). If you are off campus, you will be asked for your full name (Joe Smith) and library barcode number (the long number on the back of your library card below the barcode).
31. July 2012 15:47
Reading my RSS feeds, I came across an interesting topic, which is timely: lawyers and marketing at the Olympics. This one blog post, led me on a quick adventure (seriously like 5 minutes), and I ended up pondering- could someone use this topic for their AWR paper? Anyone? Bueller? Here's what happened:
First I saw this blog post and thought what an interesting job for a lawyer: Olympic Lawyers Shadow Torch's Every Move to Prevent 'Ambush Marketing' (Legal Blog Watch).
Later I saw another blog post on a related note, marketing at the Olympics... and breaking the rules? See, Headphone Maker Beats Marketing Rules at Olympics (CNET.com) followed by a friendly reminder: U.K. Olympic Athletes Banned From Wearing Beats (CNET.com).
Curious about this topic, I Googled "lawyers marketing olympics" and found a law journal article from 1996! See, 3 Vill. Sports & Ent. L.J. 423 (1996) Ambushing the Olympic Games; Davis, Robert N., This article is in the HeinOnline database, and from there I wondered if anyone has written on the subject of ambush marketing since 1996... so I used their ScholarCheck feature. This showed me that there were several articles written since then (2003, 2005), but perhaps an update to these articles is in order?
Image from HeinOnline
In summary, I used an RSS feed of legal blogs to give me current news, which sparked an interest in a topic, which got me to use the HeinOnline database to search law journal articles, which showed me that this topic is in need of another updated article! A great process to find a topic and begin your research for your AWR paper.
What are you writing for your AWR? Do you need help with your research? Check out our AWR Liaison Librarian Program! Or just visit us at the Legal Research Help Desk in the Law Library on the 14th floor! Email us or call us at (602) 682-6898!
13. April 2012 12:40
Are you working or interning this summer and looking for some free alternatives to Lexis & Westlaw? Are you having trouble navigating the Bluebook and creating proper legal citations for your AWR or other scholarly paper?
Well look no further because this week the Law Library is offering three different workshops to help you with your legal research.
**Snacks will be provided!**
Beyond Westlaw & Lexis - Learn about the unique array of research databases PSL subscribes to and how to search them effectively to enhance your research. This workshop will also touch on some of the key free resources for legal information.
- Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:00-12:50 pm - 13th floor computer lab
Bluebook Q&A - This session is run by you. Come to us with any questions you have about Bluebooking and we'll do our best to help you find the answer.
- Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 12:00-12:50 pm - 13th floor computer lab
FastCase – Discover an affordable alternative to Westlaw and Lexis that firms use to conduct research. FastCase provides access to a variety of legal resources including cases, statutes, and secondary sources.**Access is free for all members of the State Bar of Arizona.**
· Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 7:40-8:30pm – 13th floor computer lab