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Category: Legal Research Tips


Public Health: Past and Present

The Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service has been helping prevent the spread of disease by soldiers returning from foreign ports, maintaining immigrant health, and responding to natural and man-made disasters for over 200 years. The ability of the (United) State(s) to use police power to protect the public health goes back to the …Read the Rest

Pen Power

President Obama has said that he will use the power of the pen (and the telephone) to get results for the American people during his final term. While he did veto two pending federal laws during the first legislative session of his presidency, given the general dysfunction of Congress of late, the President’s current “pen power” …Read the Rest

Beyond Lexis and Westlaw

Thank you to the many (law) students who completed the Library’s online survey recently. We hope to improve reference (and other) services, based on your input. One interesting take-away from the survey was the fact that many students are not familiar with several key computer-assisted legal research services, although those polled use either Westlaw or …Read the Rest

SAGES and Legal Research: “Procrastinators’ Special”

As I mentioned in a research guide published in early March, several SAGES courses offered this semester discuss legal issues. For those students who have waited until the last minute to work on their research papers, this blog entry will focus primarily on full-text resources, especially specific CWRU/OhioLINK research databases that address legal and scholarly …Read the Rest

State Laws That Went Into Effect on January 1st

Did you know that starting January 1, Wisconsin municipalities may legalize pedal pubs?* These are quadricycles in which peddlers may consume alcohol while traveling from bar to bar. This is one of the many new state laws identified by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The NCSL’s “Annual List of State Laws Going Into Effect on …Read the Rest

Christmas Trees and Researching Regulations

Many National Forests allow individuals with the appropriate permit to cut down a Christmas tree. I, as researcher, think, “where there is this permit required by a federal agency there’s got to be a regulation.” In fact some of these regulations are mentioned on, for example, the portion of the Forest Service website devoted to the Boise …Read the Rest