New Services @ Your Law Library: Study Room Reservations

by Sarah Prosory 13. January 2011 11:49

A new service the Law Library is implementing is Study Room Reservations. Beginning on Tuesday, January 18th 2011, students will have the option to reserve the study rooms in the Law Library and Buildings B & D. A reservation is not required.

However, in order to use the study rooms in the Law Library, you must first visit the Circulation Desk to see if the room is reserved and to check-out the room before occupying it. For study room use in Buildings B & D, check the study room's door for any notices of reservations. No need to check-out a study room that is located in Buildings B & D.

Study rooms can be reserved for a maximum of 2 hours. A group of students takes priority over an individual student.

This policy has changed.

Please see our website at www.phoenixlaw.edu/studyrooms for the complete policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Circulation Desk at (602) 682-6897 or email.

Happy studying! Laughing

New Services @ Your Law Library: Book Drop

by Sarah Prosory 11. January 2011 13:48

Welcome new students, and welcome back current students! We truly hope you enjoyed the holiday break!

Your Law Library has been busy with planning new services for you!

We've installed a Book Drop in the Student Lounge/Loft on the first floor of the Tower. This Book Drop is for you to use especially afterhours when the library has closed, but when you don't want to lug the book home with you. Our only request is that you don't drop Course Reserve materials in the Book Drop. Since Course Reserve material circulates for 2 hours at a time, we don't want your books to be late!

Any questions regarding the Book Drop, call or visit the Circulation Desk (602) 682-6897 or email.

Law Library Closed for Holidays 12/24/10-1/2/11

by Sarah Prosory 21. December 2010 14:36

Hi all!

We truly hope you enjoy your holidays! Be sure to take some time for yourself! Read a good book! Cool

Don't forget that the Law Library will be CLOSED beginning Friday, December 24th 2010 through Sunday, January 2nd 2011. We will resume our normal hours on Monday, January 3rd 2011 at 7:30am!

As always, check out our hours at: http://www.phoenixlaw.edu/libraryhours.

WestlawNext Available to All in January 2011

by Sarah Prosory 17. December 2010 09:57

When you return to Phoenix Law in 2011, ready to start the new year fresh, don't be caught off guard by the change from Westlaw to WestlawNext! You will still have access to "classic" Westlaw, but now the option to use WestlawNext will be available. Also, some searches in Westlaw will send you to WestlawNext. We want you to be prepared! So here's the scoop!

How to access WestlawNext:

Log-in to Westlaw as you normally would, but then choose WestlawNext at the very top of the screen:

 

Also, if you conduct your searches using the Legal Research Center (in the middle of the page after you login), your results will automatically be retrieved using WestlawNext:

 

PLEASE NOTE: Currently you cannot print to the Westlaw printer using WestlawNext!

Choose another printer in the meantime. 

View this PDF for tips on how to get around the printing issue.

What does WestlawNext look like?

 

With a single search box, you don't have to select a database to begin a search. No need to truncate words or use connectors either, but you can if you like. The single search box doesn't mind. Just type in what you're looking for and select a jurisdiction. 

The results will be returned by relevancy and sorted into categories for ease of use.

Wait! I like to limit and use terms & connectors!

The single search box allows you to enter terms & connectors if you'd like, and you still have the option of limiting your search ahead of time:

Also, the Advanced Search feature...

...will help you build a Boolean Terms & Connectors query:

So... test it out! Get familiar with the interface so you can be an efficient researcher!

Need help?

  • Don't hesitate to ask a librarian for assistance with the new interface! Email us or call us at 602.682.6898. Visit the reference desk in the law library during the hours librarians are available for reference.
  • There are trainings and user guides online that are extremely helpful. Once you've signed into Westlaw under the Home tab choose either "User Guides" or "Training" and follow the prompts to WestlawNext.

Enjoy your holidays, and look forward to the changes in January! Smile

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Juror Searches Wikipedia

by Sarah Prosory 17. December 2010 08:49

This morning I saw this Slashdot.org article about a mistrial declared in Florida because a juror searched Wikipedia for a term that was unknown to her. She was "just looking up a phrase". Despite numerous warnings from the judge to jurors to not research the case, the juror brought what she found on Wikipedia to the jury room.

This is nothing new. Back in January of 2010, a murder case was thrown out because a juror looked up a definition on Wikipedia as well. The Washington Post wrote a very good article about how technology has caused more trouble for jurors who need to refrain from using it while serving on a jury.

My pondering is... will jury rules need to change to adjust to our technology-filled world? Should lawyers provide definitions/more information to confused jurors, so that jurors don't need to feel that they should look things up themselves? All it takes is a Google search on a smartphone and they have their confusion resolved. Give your comments below!

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