Looking for a Paper Topic?

The library’s guide, Picking a Paper Topic can help!  The guide links to blogs and legal news sites where you can get ideas, as well as suggestions for using Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg and BNA to find topics.  The guide also shows you how to find circuit splits, which can make for great paper topics.  You can always contact a reference librarian for more help picking or narrowing your paper topic.  Call  the reference desk, (330) 972-7330, or stop by, or see the  Contact information for library staff.

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Free Ebooks via Akron Law Digital – Including Understanding, Q & A Study Aids

Akron law students, faculty and staff now have 24/7 online access to many titles published by Lexis in eBook form. This includes the Question and Answer and Understanding study aids series.

Go to Akron Law Digital and sign in using your University of Akron email address.

Study aids can be checked out by an unlimited number of Akron Law users. You can download the book using Read in Browser, or you can download in Kindle or ePub format. By using Read in Browser, your highlights and notes are retained for you next time you check out the book. Read in Browser format also contains page number references, which may be useful for assigned reading.  Read in Browser also links citations in the ebooks to Lexis Advance.

Besides study aids, there are also primary and secondary sources published by Lexis, including many Ohio treatises, and large treatises such as Nimmer on Copyright and Page on the Law of Wills. The library hopes to put more titles on the Akron Law Digital platform in the future.

Akron Law Digital is linked from the Law Databases page on the library home page, as well as these guides:  Study Aids for First Year Courses and Study Aids for Upper Division Bar Courses & the Bar Exam.

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Bloomberg Law Now Provides Case Analysis for Ohio Statutes

Bloomberg Law’s Case Analysis functionality has been expanded to Ohio Laws and Regulations. Users can now pull up an Ohio statute or regulation and click on the Case Analysis tab located along the top of the page to quickly view opinions discussing the provision they are researching. This feature allows users to filter the relevant opinions by Keyword, Date, Court, or Topic to easily identify the most useful results. Bloomberg Law also classifies and assigns a strength of discussion score to the opinion text surrounding each citation, enabling users to focus on the legal discussions most likely to inform their research.

Case Analysis functionality has been added to the Ohio Revised Code, Ohio Court Rules and Ohio Administrative Code.

This functionality has been available for a while now for the United States Code. It is somewhat like the case notes in Lexis and Westlaw, except that the Bloomberg Case Analysis is a straight list of cases citing the code section, whereas Lexis and Westlaw has human editors that pick and choose what cases to put into the case notes.  The strength of discussion indicator and filters on Bloomberg help indicate which cases may be more important.

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Winter Grads – Post-Graduation Use of Lexis Advance, WestlawNext, and Bloomberg Law

You still have access to these great databases for some time after graduation!

LexisNexis

  • Access: Winter graduates have access to Lexis Advance via their law school IDs through June 30, 2016. This ID also grants  access to the Graduate Home Page (detailed below).
  • LexisNexis Rewards Point Expiration: Winter graduates have until January 31, 2016 to redeem their LexisNexis Rewards points.
  • Graduate Home Page: On February 1st the winter graduates’ view of the Law School Home Page will switch from the current view to the graduate view. This new view will provide helpful information for your career and job search. It will also award you 10,000 Graduate Rewards points that can be redeemed for LexisNexis eBooks and online subscriptions for Lexis Practice Advisor, Lexis for Microsoft Office, and Law360.
  • Aspire Program:  Graduates conducting verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work may sign up for the Lexis ASPIRE Program for extended access to some items.  Please contact our Lexis Account Representative, Jennifer Durkin, at jennifer.durkin@lexisnexis.com, if you have any questions.

Westlaw

Graduating students can extend access for 6 months after graduation by registering for Grad Elite at https://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/gradelite.aspx.  Registered graduates will retain full Westlaw access for 60 hours.  If you fail to extend your password you are restricted to 10 hours per month and it will expire earlier.  All graduates will also automatically retain access to lawschool.westlaw.com and a number of career-related databases for 18 months following graduation.  Please contact our West Academic Account Manager, Brooke Stokke, at brooke.stokke@thomsonreuters.com, if you have any questions.

Bloomberg Law

Graduates automatically keep full access to Bloomberg Law through their individual account for six months following graduation.  Please contact our Bloomberg Law School Relationship Manager, Chris Bartkowski, at cbartkowski@bna.com, if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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OASP Study Aids and Sum & Substance – Circulation and Fine Changes for Reading/Exam Period

The circulation period and overdue fines for OASP materials and Sum and Substance audio materials will change for the Reading/Exam Period. Starting on Friday, December 4, these materials will circulate for only 1 day (instead of 72 hours) and no renewals will be allowed. Overdue fines for these materials will increase from $1.00 per day to $5.00 per day.

If you have questions regarding these changes please stop by the Circulation Desk and ask to speak with Ms. Nevins or a librarian.

And don’t forget about the online West Academic Study Aids , which provides you with 24/7 online access to Gilbert’s Law Summaries, Black Letter Outlines, and other useful study aids.  And no worries about fines!

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