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.

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin: Comprehensive Research Guide

by Michelle Vallance 5. July 2013 16:46

If you were following the recent affirmative action case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, then you might be interested in a research guide compiled by the UT Law Library. http://tarltonguides.law.utexas.edu/fisher-ut

The guide provides full-text access to all of the pleadings in the case, from its original filing in the W.D. of Texas. In addition, you can find links to significant scholarly articles on affirmative action, as well as a news archive detailing the history of the Fisher case.

This is a terrific resource, especially if you are interested in writing your AWR on affirmative action!

AWR Need a Gentle Nudge?

by Yvette Brown 24. June 2013 17:33

 

Creative juices done gone bone dry!  Check out Writer's Block / Writer's Anxiety

AWR Research Blues getting you down, email your AWR Librarian Liaison for a research consultation.  If your hectic schedule is just too hectic to schedule an appointment don’t sweat it.  Just stop by the Legal Research Help Desk before or after classes.  

Got a burning AWR research question at midnight that just can’t wait?  The AWR Papers - Research and Resources guide is the go to place for research tips.

Wishing for a published AWR.  Well, click over to ssrn.com and see a Phoenix School of Law AWR -- Can Shame Be Therapeutic? .

Memory a tad bit foggy about grammar or punctuation rules?  Consult the index in Bryan Garner, The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style.  Style manuals set the “standards” for writing.  The manuals answer questions about punctuation, word usage, capitalization, italics, underling, document design, plurals, possessives, and other writing conventions.  Multiple copies of The Redbook are available at the Circulation Desk.

Last but not least, if editing is not your forte use the Student Self-Editing Checklist for Law School Papers, Notes and Comments.

Good luck researching and writing!

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.

New Seminar Display

by Gretchen Lebron 11. June 2013 10:42

Taking a seminar this summer? Check out our new seminar display!

The five seminar topics on display are:

      Environmental Law

      Terrorism Law

      Law of Armed Conflict

      Sports Law

      Immigration Law

So, come on into the library and take a gander. You just might find something!!


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