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Category: New Tools and Databases

Lex Machina & Lexis Machinations

On November 23, 2015, Lexis announced that it had acquired Lex Machina (and its entire staff), which had been marketing itself for $30-$35 million. The sale price was not disclosed. The Law Library recently added the free resources available from Lex Machina to our CWRU Law Library Research Databases list. Law schools can access the …Read the Rest

Kanopy: New Streaming Service Available on Campus

Kelvin Smith Library recently added Kanopy Streaming Service to the campus wide access databases. Kanopy provides many documentary films that CWRU faculty use frequently in classes. What is special about Kanopy is that faculty can embed films into their Blackboard courses, show them in class, and opt to create playlists of clips. We can all watch …Read the Rest

Ravel Law & Ravel Judge Analytics

Ravel Law uses data visualization to help legal researchers decide which cases to choose more effectively than consulting a traditional list of cases. The service does not take the place of Shepards, Keycite or other citation systems, but it enhances the users ability to see the relationships between cases and the development of trends over time. …Read the Rest

Ohio Treasurer’s Annual Reports (Memory Project)

More than one librarian noted the recent announcement that the office of the Treasurer of State (Ohio) partnered with the State Library of Ohio to provide full-text access to a “nearly complete set of Annual Reports in digital format.” The earliest reports (starting in 1805) were published biennially and the Ohio Memory Project states that there …Read the Rest

Copy with Citation Reference Features on Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext

Users of computer-assisted legal research (CALR) services may be unaware that they can use the copy with reference feature of the primary CALR systems to automatically acquire the pinpoint citation of the text they are copying and pasting from a document. There are obvious time saving advantages to these features, especially when they offer the …Read the Rest

Table of Authorities Feature is Finally Available on WestlawNext

Kudos to WestlawNext for adding the Table of Authorities (TOA) feature. The Table of Authorities is a listing of the cases relied upon as authority by a case or other content you are viewing. KeyCite flags & symbols displayed in the Table of Authorities list allow you to quickly verify the validity of the relied-upon …Read the Rest