SRU Workshop: Legal Research Using BNA- This Thursday!

by Sarah Prosory 23. February 2011 12:00

SRU Workshop: Legal Research Using BNA

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

RSVP here

2nd Floor Computer Lab (2nd floor of the tower)

Speaker:  Stefanie Blasdell – Law School Account Manager

Stefanie Blasdell is a Law School Account Manager responsible for all product consulting, account management activities and professional development training for over 100 Law Schools throughout the United States.  She also develops and conducts numerous training programs for law school  faculty, staff and students.  As a Representative of BNA with over 14 years of experience working in the field of legal publishing and legal information technology, Stefanie’s goal is to help you achieve better legal research results through the use of targeted BNA resources.

I. Overview of BNA Law School Program
-Who is BNA? Why use BNA?
-BNA Law School Professional Information Center
-Subscriptions available to your school
-Using BNA in your classroom
-Registering for e-mail highlights

II. New BNA Platform for Current Awareness Reports
-Most popular products in law schools
-Identifying hot topics
-Tracking circuit splits
-Using indexes to expedite research
-Monitoring a specific topic or case

III. Using BNA as a Research Tool – Advanced Research
-Effective use of BNA case & reference libraries:
1. Ethics
2. Labor & Employment
3. Tax
4. Intellectual Property

Hope to see you there!

New Resources in Westlaw- Tribal Materials!

by Sarah Prosory 17. February 2011 16:45

The Law Library has recently acquired new resources within Westlaw, Tribal Materials! There are three ways you can access the Tribal Law material:

1. Add the Native American Law tab.

Choose the "Add a Tab" link from the upper right-hand corner within Westlaw.


Then select "Add Westlaw Tabs"


Under Topical, check the box next to "Native American Law"

and click on the button at the bottom, "Add to My Tab Set"


You should then see the Native American Law tab added across the top, at the end of your tabs. 

2. Find the Tribal Materials in the Directory.

 Click on the Directory link at the top of the page. Then select the link for the Tribal Materials.


3. Use WestlawNext to search for Tribal resources.

Simply begin typing what you're looking for in the search box, and WestlawNext might suggest something for you!


Questions? Contact the Reference desk at (602) 682-6898. Or email us

(All images belong to Thomson Reuters.)

HW Wilson Databases Trial Access

by Sarah Prosory 1. February 2011 13:59

Hello everyone!

The Law Library has obtained trial access to four HW Wilson databases. We'd like your feedback on if we should purchase them or not! The trial period is from today, February 1st 2011 to March 1st 2011. To access the databases, please visit the Law Library's Juristec page and select the Database Trial Subscriptions Wiki from the left side menu.

Or go here. You will need to log-in with your PhoenixLaw email username and password.

In the future, visit the Database Trial Subscription Wiki to view any current database trials the library has.

Questions? Contact Sarah Prosory.

We appreciate your feedback!

Tips & Tricks for Success! A 1L Workshop

by Sarah Prosory 24. January 2011 09:39

Attention all incoming 1L's! We have a workshop especially for you! (And any other students who wish to brush up on study skills!) The Law Library wants you to be successful, so we've created a new workshop...Tips & Tricks for Success!

This 30 minute workshop will introduce you to searching effectively with the Law Library's catalog, and show you how to register and use AudioCaseFiles (listen to your cases!!) and CALI (online quizzes to help with your studies!).

A librarian will be available to help you with any other questions you may have (help with Westlaw or Lexis perhaps?) following the workshop.

Join us (click on the dates to RSVP):

An RSVP is helpful but not required. We hope to see you there!! Sealed

As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us by email or (602) 682-6898! For upcoming workshops this semester visit and

Good luck with your classes!

Holiday Light Displays

by PSL Law Library 20. December 2010 10:15



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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the light displays in the front yards of many homes.  I took a trip to Walt Disney World a couple of years ago and was impressed with the Osborne Family Spectacle of lights.  These lights lit up an entire area of one of the parks.  The lights were beautiful and danced to the holiday tunes that played in the background.  From my trip I learned that the lights were formerly displayed in Little Rock Arkansas as part of the Osborne Family’s holiday display.  The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the lights were a nuisance and the family could no longer have their display. The next year the Walt Disney Company stepped in and bought the lights and they continue to be on display to this day. 

I began to wonder about how many other cases were affected by the ruling in the Osborne case.  Specifically large light displays being considered a nuisance and not being allowed.  I decided to conduct a search on LexisNexis to find out.  I began by searching for the case.  From the search tab I selected, States Legal – U.S. view more.   I clicked on Arkansas and then AR Federal & State Cases, Combined.  I chose a Terms & Connectors search and entered the following search terms, Osborne & “Christmas Lights.”  The second case in my results list was Osborne v. Power.  After a brief glance I realized this was the case.  I scanned the headnotes and discovered the HN4 was the headnote I was interested in.  My final action was to Shepardize the case and find out how many other cases cited HN4.  I was surprised by the answer.  You may be too but to find out you’ll have to Shepardize the case on your own.

Have a Happy Holiday Season!

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