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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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03/23/2016 at 01:46 PM
According to Examiner.com, March 20th was Extraterrestrial Abductions Day. The idea: Having never heard of this “holiday” and having no idea how one might celebrate it, the Legal Beagle decided to see what would happen if one looked up the same concept in multiple databases. Would Lexis Advance, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law all agree on what case is the “leading case” on this topic? The strategy: To begin, I decided on a search strategy. Instead of searching “extraterrestrial abductions” as the word abduction has legal significance, I decided that I would search “extraterrestrial encounters.” In...
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03/23/2016 at 01:14 PM
Certification Class: Alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw In this class, learn about free legal research products available via bar associations, state or trial court law libraries, and membership law libraries. How do they stack up to Lexis and Westlaw? Should you use them even if Lexis and Westlaw are available? We will answer these questions and discuss Casemaker and Fastcase, the two most popular products. Live class: Monday, 3/28 at 1pm OR Thursday, 3/31 at 10:30am Online class: See the link for information on how to access the course on Bridges. http://lawguides.rwu.edu/alternatives...
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03/16/2016 at 01:49 PM
Congrats! You have nearly made it to Spring! It is easy to dwell on the work you still have left to do, the goals you still have left to accomplish, and the time of which you feel you never have enough. However, there is some science that suggests you should spend some time each day expressing gratitude and visualizing your success. In fact, there are many resources online about or related to positive psychology that discuss the science behind happiness and mindfulness. Here at the Law Library we try and support student well-being and student mental health (and of course, student happiness!)...
Posted by Library Blog
03/15/2016 at 02:49 PM
Certification Class: MS Excel PowerTips Whether you maintain a personal or student group budget, deal with large amounts of text or numerical data, or simply hate math, Excel is a powerful tool that can help you organize and manipulate this information. This class will cover tips and tricks for using Excel effectively for tasks that you might encounter as a law student. Live class: Thursday, March 24 at 10:30am Online class: See the link for information on how to access the course on Bridges. http://lawguides.rwu.edu/appyhour/excel Certification Class: Keeping Current with the Law In this...
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03/11/2016 at 10:43 AM
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to highlight some notable Patrick’s (and Patricia’s) in American Legal History. If you think we missed a noteworthy Patrick, or two, feel free to email the Legal Beagle at lawlibraryhelp@rwu and we can consider him (or her) for next year’s blog. Patricia Hearst: If the FBI considers your kidnapping case to be one of the most famous in U.S. history then you should definitely be on this list. For more information about the Patty Hearst kidnapping and trial, including a transcript of excerpts from the defense’s closing argument by F. Lee Bailey, see...
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03/11/2016 at 10:22 AM
Certification Class: Capture Everything with Evernote What if you could have a tool that allows you to easily include text, audio, and pictures in one document? How about capturing and organizing your research in one location whether it is your notes, a web page, a PDF, or a voice memo? Evernote does this and much more, seamlessly across Windows, Mac computers, and mobile devices! In this class, create a FREE Evernote account and learn how to use its basic functions. Live class: Thursday, 3/17 at 10:30am Online class: See the link for information on how to access the course on Bridges....
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03/04/2016 at 10:51 AM
The workers you see at the library circulation desk are not the only students at work in the library. Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, and Lexis all employ RWU Law students to represent their products and to be available at the school to help answer student research questions. Westlaw The RWU School of Law student representative for Westlaw is Krystal Amaral. She is generally available for questions: Tuesdays: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, in the Law School Bistro Thursdays: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, in the library Lexis The RWU School of Law student representatives for Lexis Advance are Cameron Miller and Vanessa...
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03/04/2016 at 10:25 AM
Alternative Spring Break Enjoying your Spring break by working for a worthy cause? Don’t forget the librarians and library are here if you have research questions. Call us at 401-254-4547 Email us at LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu Chat with us at Ask a Librarian Spring Break Hours The library’s Spring Break Hours are posted on the law library website at http://law.rwu.edu/library/about-library/hours.
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02/26/2016 at 11:44 AM
The law is not always fun. In fact, lawyers and judges are often serious, if not VERY serious. However, one break from the seriousness of the study and practice of law is the ABA’s annual Peeps in Law competition. This year the competition is entitled Peep Wars and is inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So you may be asking yourself what is a “Peep War”? Peep Wars is the ABA’s annual competition to create a diorama (think 3rd grade history project) which marries law, zeitgeist, and super sugary Spring marshmallow candies. The competition is in its eight year and is open to anyone with a...
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02/25/2016 at 05:06 PM
Certification Classes: State Practice Research Planning to practice in Connecticut, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island? Then consider attending one of our state specific practice research classes next week. Watch this space for the announcements of each of the classes or visit [LINK] to learn more know and/or to register. http://lawguides.rwu.edu/prepareforpractice/classes Certification Class: Connecticut Practice Research Go beyond the code and cases to learn about the other research and library related resources available to assist you when practicing in Connecticut. Practice sets, legal...