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 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:

Alison Ewing's expertise in Arizona legal research was crucial to the composition of this guide.

Motion Tip: Rely on Binding Authority if Possible

by Yvette Brown 18. June 2013 10:54


“The trial court is at the bottom of the hierarchy of authority.  Its decisions are likely constrained by both an intermediate appellate court and a high court.  A state court deciding an issue of federal law will also have United States Supreme Court authority constraining its decision.  Because the trial court is at the bottom of the pecking order, it will care most about binding authority.  Arguments based on persuasive authority and policy arguments are unlikely to persuade the trial judge except on issues of first impression.   If you are trying to preserve an issue for appeal, you may need to cite to persuasive authority or rely on policy arguments.  Otherwise, stick to telling the trial court what its bosses have to say on the issue.”  [Source: Kamela Bridges and Wayne Schiess, Writing for Litigation]

PSL Law Library collection contains a wealth of legal writing tips.  For more tips consult Writing for Litigation or any of the PSL Law Library’s legal writing books.


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!!

New Arrivals in June

by Lynn 4. June 2013 12:55

Just Arrived! 



We've added new editions of study aids, books, and DVDs to the library collection this month. 

Check out our New Arrivals on the Library website.



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