Fall 2017 - Research Recess!


During the 2017 Fall Semester, the O'Quinn Law Library reference librarians will offer a series of lunchtime presentations on legal research topics. Presentations will be given at 5:00 p.m. on Mondays and 12:00 p.m. Tuesdays from September 25 though October 24. Please see schedule below for more dates and room numbers.

 

Food will be provided for the first twenty attendees!

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Presentation Descriptions

1. Federal Legislative Research

Monday, 9/25, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)
Tuesday, 9/26, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)

Presented by Robert Clark, Reference and Research Librarian

Legislative research is essential for discerning the intended purpose and meaning of particular statutory language. It is useful both for academic research and legal practice. This session will provide a brief introduction to the federal legislative process, identify relevant legislative history documents, and acquaint students with major print and electronic resources for finding legislative materials.

2. Resources for Legal Practice

Monday, 10/2, 5:00-5:45 (room 109 BLB)
Tuesday , 10/3, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)

Presented by Katy Badeaux, Reference and Research Librarian

This session will provide an introduction to some of the materials attorneys rely on most heavily in their day-to-day practices. From drafting contracts to preparing motions, this talk will provide a brief introduction to the types of different types of practice guides, manuals, and materials available to students through online research systems and their print counterparts. After this presentation attendees will be familiar with major types of practice materials, how to locate them, and when to consult them to save time and increase efficiency.

3. Legal Technology for Lawyers

Monday, 10/9, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)
Tuesday, 10/10, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)

Presented by Emily Lawson, Reference and Research Librarian

This session highlights technology of interest to lawyers, such as legal apps and software. Information about how to research legal technology options andstay up to date on technology trendswill also be provided.

4. Power Searching on Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law

Monday, 10/16, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)
Tuesday, 10/17, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)

Presented by Chris Dykes, Reference and Research Librarian

No matter which legal research platform you prefer, you too can become a Power User! Learn how to get the most bang for your buck so you can successfully (and cost-effectively) utilize these popular legal search services throughout law school and into the real world. This session will provide you with an understanding of how Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are designed, and describe several advanced search techniques to increase precision and reduce search time.

5. Advanced Database Search Strategies

Monday, 10/23, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)
Tuesday, 10/24, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)

Presented by Dan Donahue, International and Foreign Law Librarian

Knowing how to successfully navigate the ever-growing number of legal databases is very important, both in law school and after graduation. This session will provide an understanding of how different types of legal databases are designed, and describe several advanced search techniques to increase precision and reduce search time.