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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Sharpen your Westlaw, Lexis, or FastCase Research Skills

by Kristin Moye 10. January 2013 09:42

Do you need to sharpen your Westlaw, Lexis, or FastCase skills? Each of these databases has a variety of training options.  Here are some highlights:

Earn a WestlawNext certification that you can put on your resume by going here and logging in with your One Pass information. WestlawNext certifications are available in two different subject areas, Research More Efficiently and Research More Productively.  Earning a certificate requires completing lessons online and earning at least a 70% on an accompanying quiz.

If you would rather watch a video to learn more about researching, visit the Lexis YouTube channel.

If you are planning to become a member of the State Bar of Arizona, a benefit of membership includes access to FastCase.  Show future employers that you took the initiative to become proficient in FastCase by completing training like webinars and tutorials.  

Of course, PhoenixLaw students can always get one-on-one training from a librarian including at the Legal Research Helpdesk, by phone, email, appointment, or chat!

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Apple Use Increasing in Law Offices

by Sarah Prosory 29. November 2012 08:28

Via Clio blog: Do you use Apple products? Do you plan to use them in practice? A 2012 Apple in law firms survey results show high use of iPad and iPhone as well as the "Cloud".

Also, check out the Law Library's Research Guide on Technology for Lawyers to discover the different types of technology you will encounter in the law firm environment!

Interested in using Clio? Set up a free student or faculty account. Questions? Email the Law Library, or chat with us!

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Will You Be an iPad Lawyer?

by Sarah Prosory 25. July 2012 08:09

Saw this neat blog post today, titled "What I Bring to Court" from the It discusses going paperless to court.

The Lawyerist blog has lots of great posts on legal technology, as well as starting your own firm/hanging up your own shingle. Check it out!

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Did you know ...

by Ted McClure 4. April 2012 14:28

That YOU can have FREE access to a bunch of research databases from other libraries?

The Phoenix Public Library offers library cards to residents anywhere in Maricopa County, not just Phoenix. Databases available remotely include, but are not limited to, CQ Press Electronic Library (Congressional Quarterly), Hoover's Company Records, Business Source Complete, Academic Search Complete, ProQuest Digital Microfilm (newspapers), Wall Street Journal 1984-Present, MasterFILE Premier, and Gale Virtual Reference. It also has eJournal Index, which takes you to the database that has the journal you seek so you don't have to check several, and Summon ("Search Full-Text Articles" link) for searching across databases. See

The Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library has in-library access to LoisLaw (if you are a student planning to practice in a state that has bought LoisLaw like the Arizona State Bar bought FastCase), and remote access to HeinOnline and LegalTrac, inter alia. See "We function like a public library in that anyone with two forms of identification with matching addresses (one being a photo id) can receive a card. So, for example, a driver's license and a utility bill or voter registration card would suffice. We provide cards to both Maricopa County residents and non-residents without a fee. There is a library card application that needs to be completed." Jennifer Murray, Librarian.

The Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records offers remote access to a variety of databases to anyone with an Arizona zip code. Resources include Academic Search Complete, the Arizona Republic and Arizona Daily Star, Bibliography of Native North Americans, Business Source Complete, ERIC (education), and major newspapers, inter alia. See

The price is right—your tax dollars have already paid for it!

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