Bloomberg Law has a collection of First Year Resources that students may find useful. Access this information from the Bloomberg Law homepage under “Law School Success.”
Mason Law Students: Lexis is offering “Think Like a Lawyer” Workshops.
- Skills: Practical research skills to impress your summer employer
- Resume Boost: Certification offered at the end of the workshop
- Points: Earn up to 1200
More info and registration here: www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool
Geno Donney, our Lexis representative, is offering four training sessions in February. All sessions will be 30 minutes and held in Room 120.
1L Tips @ 4:00 pm
Shepard’s @ 12:00 pm
Our HeinOnline subscription now includes expanded coverage of ABA publications. GMUSL patrons have access to more than 100 periodicals including the most recent editions.
Students may find several titles of general interest:
- Student Lawyer
- Young Advocates
- Young Lawyer
More information about ABA publications available with this new subscription is available here.
The library has just received notice from Thomson Reuters that all WESTLAW Passwords (created before October 7, 2O14) ) MUST be changed IMMEDIATELY.
If you do not change your password by January 13, 2015, then your access to WestlawNext and TWEN will be suspended.
Here’s what to do:
LOGON TO WWW.LAWSCHOOL.WESTLAW.COM THEN:
If you have any questions, please stop by or call the Reference Office 703.993.8076.
Westlaw Classic has gone off into the sunset. . . .
Effective today, Westlaw Classic is not longer available to academic subscribers. All GMU users will have access to Westlaw Next only. TWEN and West Study Aids remain available.
Need help with the transition?
- Check out this series of tutorials: Westlaw Classic to Westlaw Next
- Contact a Reference Librarian: 703.993.8076
In observance of Memorial Day, the law library will be closed Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26.
A brief Memorial Day History is available on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Website. Also of interest may be two famous Memorial Day speeches delivered by Oliver Wendell Holmes, one in 1884 and the other addressed to the graduating class at Harvard Law School in 1895. PDFs of these speeches are available using The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises Database (GMUSL users may link to this database here).
And where is Memorial Day officially designated a Federal holiday? Title 36 of the United States Code includes statutes relating to “Patriotic and National Observances.” 36 U.S.C. § 116 designates the last Monday in May as Memorial Day.
Top Ten Research Tips for the summer . . . and beyond:
1. Use secondary sources first: Treatises, journal articles, practice guides, etc.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions: Make sure you understand the details of the assignment, including deadlines, cost constraints, context for your work, format for completion, and any relevant resources that should be consulted.
3. Jurisdiction matters: Federal law? State law? Administrative tribunal or court?
4. Use free resources: Law firms pay big bucks for legal databases, so use free sources when possible. See the library’s guide to Free Legal Research Sites for suggestions about useful resources on the web. Also, remember Bloomberg Law and Lexis Advance are offering free, unlimited Summer access.
5. Think: Of course you’re thinking while you work! But don’t just research on autopilot. Pause, consider what information you need, and which resources would best meet that need.
6. Use advanced search options: Save time by refining your database search results with filters to weed out less helpful or irrelevant results.
7. BCite, KeyCite, or Shepardize: Make sure all case law/statutes/regulations are current and valid. Use citators to expand your research.
8. Keep track of your research trail: Record the sources you’ve checked, the searches you’ve run, and your results. This prevents repetition and may be information you need to share when you complete an assignment or need to explain your results.
9. No drafts: Always present your best work. Proofread, and provide accurate citations. You will be evaluated most heavily on the quality of your written assignments.
10. Consult a librarian: Librarians can help you save time and money, and curb frustration. Firm librarians are a terrific resource so get to know them. Reference librarians at GMU Law library are also available throughout the summer, so give us a call at 703.993.8076, email us, or stop by the Reference Office.
Hat tip to MoreUs Law Library Blawg (UVA), whose excellent post has been used and freely adapted here.
Graduating GMUSL students have the following access:
Bloomberg Law: Access until December 31, for any purpose, including commercial. No action is needed to continue access.
Lexis Advance: Access until July 31. To extend access (with restrictions), visit wwwlexisnexis.com/grad-access/
- Access to job-related resources for 18 months after graduation. No action is required for this service
- Passwords may be extended through November. Login at lawschool.westlaw.com and click on box in lower right corner of home page: “What’s Next? Tell us and extend your WestlawNext password.”
During the Summer, current GMUSL students have the following legal database access:
- Bloomberg Law: Unlimited, unrestricted access.
- Lexis Advance: Unlimited, unrestricted access.
- Students retain access to all TWEN courses and materials, and West Online Study Aids.
- Limited research access June 1-July 31. Students may apply for a password extension here for the following acceptable uses: Summer law school classes, law journal work, projects for faculty, moot court, and unpaid, nonprofit public-interest internship/externship work required for graduation. Summer passwords may not be used for research for law firms, government agencies, corporations or other purposes unrelated to law school coursework.