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Category: Legal Research Tips


United States Code: Using The Supplements

As journal students know, Bluebook Table 1.1 says that when citing the United States Code, one should “Cite to U.S.C. if therein.” But sometimes the supplements can look a bit confusing. In this blog post, I hope to clear up some confusion. The first thing to know is that a new edition of the United …Read the Rest

Cite Checking and the Library

Congratulations to all the new 2L associate editors of the Journal of International Law, Health Matrix, and the Case Western Reserve Law Review. The library is here to help you find sources efficiently and effectively. Librarians with at least 100 years combined source-finding experience are available to help you at the reference desk. Use the 15-minute …Read the Rest

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