Library News: Week of February 15, 2016

Posted by Library Blog on 02/12/2016 at 01:31 PM

Certification Class: MS Word PowerTips

MS WordGo beyond the basics with Word! In this class you will learn how to style a document (cover pages & section numbering), add references (tables of authorities & more), use Word to collaboratively edit work, and prepare documents for secure sharing.


February is African-American History Month

Posted by Library Blog on 02/11/2016 at 03:23 PM

Whether you prefer to call it African American History Month or Black History Month, the tradition traces its roots back to 1915 in Chicago and a man named Carter G. Woodson. In 1976, President Ford issued the first Message on the Observance of Black History Month.

What are Brownfields?

Posted by Library Blog on 02/04/2016 at 02:49 PM

According to the EPA, "a brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant." An example might be an old factory or abandoned business and the EPA estimates that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S.

Time Management

Posted by Library Blog on 01/29/2016 at 02:14 PM

Trying to figure out how to do a lot of work in a limited period of time is difficult. It is one of the most difficult parts of law school and of law practice. Mastering time management skills can lead to greater success meeting deadlines and minimizing stress.

What is CALI?

Posted by Library Blog on 01/22/2016 at 02:20 PM

The center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is a non-profit law school consortium whose mission includes to assisting a diverse audience in the effective use of technology in legal education. It was incorporated in 1982 by the University of Minnesota Law School and Harvard Law School. In 2015, nearly every US law school is a member, including RWU Law.

Near or Far, The Library’s Where YOU Are

Posted by Library Blog on 01/15/2016 at 11:26 AM

Whether you are snowed in at home this semester (or not!), this email is just a reminder that the RWU Law Library collection and services are here to complement and advance the scholarship, practice skills education, and intellectual life at RWU Law.

Prepare for Practice

Posted by Library Blog on 01/07/2016 at 09:32 AM

According to a New York Daily News article, a Harvard study about seniors “found that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help sharpen cognitive skills.” This is good news for all of you chocoholics and particularly good news this week when the librarians will be staffing an information table and serving hot chocolate outside the Law School Bistro on January 13th and January 14th from 11 am – 1 pm.

The War on Christmas (Lights)

Posted by Library Blog on 12/15/2015 at 11:39 AM

Every year around this time we turn on the TV, the computer, and/or the radio and we hear about the war on Christmas. The Legal Beagle is a non-partisan dog and doesn’t want to have political conversations around the holiday table. Instead of blogging about the so-called War on Christmas, instead we will discuss researching the recent war on Christmas lights.

Cancelled, Delayed, Grounded

Posted by Library Blog on 12/04/2015 at 11:28 AM

According to the US Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, “The average Thanksgiving long-distance trip length is 214 miles, compared with 275 miles over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. For the remainder of the year, average trip distance is 261 miles.”

Studying, Outlining & Finals

Posted by Library Blog on 11/17/2015 at 11:38 AM

It’s beginning to feel a lot like finals. The end of the semester is always filled with studying and outlining and stress. The Legal Beagle has several suggestions for ways to cope with the end of the semester crunch time:

1. Use the library’s study resources:

If you prefer online study aids, try the CALI lessons available at