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The Legal Beagle’s favorite book and that of dog lovers everywhere is Every Dog’s Legal Guide: A Must Have Book for Your Owner by Mary Randolph (KF390.5 .D6 R36 2005). His favorite movie is about the crime fighting pooch, Underdog! His current hero is Uno, the beagle who won Best in Show at the...

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Posted by Library Blog
10/21/2011 at 03:49 PM
As you work on your legal and non-legal writing pieces while here at the law school, the law library has excellent manuals you can consult to get a more polished result.  Some of the manuals are: Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed. 2010 and online).  Reference, Z253 .U69 2010 Guide to Legal Writing Style (5th ed. 2011).  KF250 .L435 2011 A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (2d ed. 2008).  Reserve, KF807 .A33 2008 MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3d ed. 2008).  Reference, PN147 .G53 2008 The Modern Rules of Style (2007).  Reference, KF250 ....
Posted by Library Blog
10/13/2011 at 11:54 AM
Using the Law Library databases from home is easy!  The key is to use the database list on the law library’s website, where the links have been proxied for off-campus use.  Bookmark the URL /library/research-resources/databases for the database list so that you will have it handy on your home computer.  Select the database of your choice (excluding LexisNexis and Westlaw, which require individual passwords).  At the prompt, type your name (e.g. Jane Smith) and the barcode number from the back of your law school ID.  Note that the database links begin with http://0-...
Posted by Library Blog
10/07/2011 at 01:23 PM
 A great resource for research involving materials generated by Congress and the President is ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional).  House and Senate materials include bills, hearings, reports, and floor debates.  You can locate presidential statements that frequently accompany the signing of important bills into law.  The database also provides access to full-text reports from the Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress.  CRS reports offer in-depth, non-partisan policy and legal analysis of the hundreds of...
Posted by Library Blog
09/30/2011 at 10:49 AM
In preparation for the upcoming visit of Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Law Librarian Lucinda Harrison-Cox has created a display in the lobby of the law school building.  Take note of the number of faculty who have submitted briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court!  In addition to the display, the law library has created a guide to various resources for researching the Court, including a few mentioned here. To provide information about the current term, the law library forwards a weekly email to all law students containing highlights from the BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) U...
Posted by Library Blog
09/23/2011 at 09:14 AM
  The Practical Law Company provides free access to law school students while they are enrolled in law school.  With over 60% of the AmLaw 100 firms and about 500 legal departments in the United States as its subscribers, Practical Law Company offers: Model documents with legal, drafting and negotiating tips Step-by-step checklists, timelines and flowcharts Handy overviews of practice areas Updates on the latest legal and market developments  The above mentioned content is available for the following areas of law practice: Corporate & Securities, Employee Benefits &...
Posted by Library Blog
09/16/2011 at 10:37 AM
The Law Library offers free unlimited access to the CVN Law School Audio CaseFiles and Video Training Library. Via the CVN (Courtroom View Network) Law School website, you can download the audio of case excerpts from casebooks in MP3 format. Search for cases by case name, casebook or subject. To hone your trial and appellate advocacy skills, watch the video of civil litigation or trial advocacy video clips. Make sure to use your law school email address when signing up for access!
Posted by Library Blog
09/02/2011 at 04:01 PM
A librarian is available to assist you with research from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the following Sundays during this semester: September 11, 18 and 25 October 2, 16, 23, and 30 November 6, 13, and 20 December 4 You can visit the librarian staffing the Reference Desk, call 401-254-4547, email LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu or chat via “Ask a Librarian.”
Posted by Library Blog
08/26/2011 at 12:00 AM
  It’s that time of year again for One L LexisNexis and Westlaw Training. Steve Albro is conducting the LexisNexis training and Kimberly Kenneally is conducting the Westlaw training. Training sessions are scheduled in both the Training Lab and the Main Computer Lab on the following days and times: Wednesdays, August 31 – September 21 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.     Thursdays, September 1 – September 22   10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 3:...
Posted by Library Blog
08/19/2011 at 12:00 AM
The RWU Law Librarians have joined with CALI to offer LibTours. LibTours are audio descriptions of various resources used in legal research (i.e. West’s Digests). If you have a smartphone, you can install a free QR scanner app on your smartphone and scan the QR code (type of a barcode) printed on any one of the LibTour Audio signs located throughout the Law Library. If you do not have a smartphone, you can  listen to a podcast or download an MP3 of the LibTours at http://libtour.classcaster.net.     Transcripts of the LibTours are also available.  *If you need...
Posted by Library Blog
08/16/2011 at 12:00 AM
For a quick and easy way to learn more about Law Library services and resources for legal research, check out the new Law Guides developed by the Law Library staff using the LibGuides platform.  Currently, there are several new and improved topical guides on a variety of subjects available with more in the pipeline.  There are Law Guides describing useful study aids for first-year courses, mandatory second-year courses, and popular upper-level courses.  There are Law Guides for the clinics: criminal defense, immigration, and mediation.  If you have a suggestion for a Law...