The Catalog: Narrowing With Facets

by PSL Law Library 27. March 2013 14:33

 

 

Conducting a search in the catalog can produce an overwhelming amount of results.  The good news is that these results can be narrowed by selecting facets.  Facets are located on the left side of the screen and allow the user to narrow by areas such as format, location and publication date.  These are just three of the many facets you can select.  A user can narrow by one or more facets at the same time.  I ran a search on adoption which returned 228 results.  I decided to narrow my results by electronic format and records that had my search term in the subject.  I now have 14 results, which is much more manageable.  Next time you conduct a search in the catalog use facets to find more pertinent results.

Study Aids Available Online!

by Sarah Prosory 6. March 2013 11:29

Have you used the online study aids on Westlaw, provided by your Law Library? From the comfort of your own laptop, access ALL of the study aids published by Thomson Reuters/West. Here's how:

  1. Log-in at lawschool.westlaw.com
  2. At the top of the screen, click on My e-Products.

  3. Below the top menu bar, click on West Study Aids Subscription.

  4. Search for a study aid using the search box provided, or browse by subject to see all study aids available within that subject area.

Some helpful tips:

  • Feel free to highlight pages, as the highlights will remain after you log off.
  • Copy and pasting is allowed, if you need stuff for your personal notes.
  • There is a limit to printing the study aids. Only 150 pages per 30 days.
  • Printing is only to your attached printer- it does not print to the Westlaw printers.

Any questions, don't hesitate to Ask a Librarian!

Best of luck on your midterms!!

Make an Appointment with a Librarian!

by Alison Ewing 4. March 2013 16:17

 

 Need help with your legal research or navigating a library resource?  Then make an appointment with a librarian!  While you are always welcome to stop by the Legal Research Help Desk during regular Legal Research Help Desk hours, the PSL law librarians also encourage you to schedule an individual appointment that works with your schedule to provide personalized assistance.

Law students can request an appointment with a librarian by e-mailing research@phoenixlaw.edu  Please be sure to include information on your topic or assignment so we can prepare before we meet. A librarian will contact you to confirm your appointment.

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The Catalog Isn't Just for Call Numbers

by PSL Law Library 28. February 2013 15:10

 

 

Most patrons think of the Catalog as a resource to find a call number for a book located on a shelf.  While this is still the case the Catalog has so much more to offer.  A simple search on Adoption produced records with links to resources in databases like Lexis, HeinOnline, and Westlaw.  Records for additional electronic formats include websites that are both useful and credible.  Over 50,000 articles were located; an advanced search should be done to narrow results.  Finally, five eBooks and over 60 print books were found. 

The next time you begin a research project you may want to start with the Catalog.  You never know what you’ll find! 

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AWR TIP: The" Key" to Library Databases

by Alison Ewing 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).

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