Student Work LIS 626- Spring 2012

February 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Posted in legal research strategy, PRATT SILS 626 | Leave a comment

Annotated Bibliographies:

Joan Markey’s



Useful Research Tool- Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-law Librarians

December 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Ideas, law librarianship, legal research strategy | Leave a comment

The Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) Public Access to Legal Information (PALI) Committee has just posted the updated edition of Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-law Librarians, available at

You can view individual chapters or the entire publication in one large PDF. Also, feel free to link to it as well.

West(law) Case Law Publishing and Research Structure

September 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories, legal research strategy | 3 Comments

I am attaching a very useful and concise Westlaw reference tool… and its pricing. Enjoy!

Great Resource

August 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Posted in law librarianship, legal digital repositories, legal research strategy | Leave a comment

From the introductory email from

Sarah Glassmeyer
Valparaiso University School of Law Library:

This website is sponsored by the Legal Information Institute and Justia and graciously hosted by CALI.  It’s meant to provide alternative resources to the Wexis offerings in a fun way that law students would respond to.  There’s also a librarian section (  that will provide teaching and instructional resources for all librarians that train or instruct law students or lawyers.

Included on the librarian page is a brief (less than 30 seconds to take) survey on how, when and if you teach free law resources.  Please take a moment and fill that out.  It will help us figure out what resources we should be providing.

Statutory Legal Research – Index and Other Finding Aid Searches –

March 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Posted in law librarianship, legal research strategy, library literature, PRATT SILS 626 | Leave a comment

 One type of literature we, as librarians, create is “pathfinders.” Generally, pathfinders are designed to guide the patron to find answers on their own when using specific databases.

Unlike those, the attached example has a different aim: to record its author’s path to finding the answer to a specific research problem. The example attached to this message started from an existing hypothetical, to which I added layers of research planning and performing, because this class focuses on a two-prong approach to legal databases: mastering them through both identifying and using such databases.  

The next weekly assignment is due on March 18th , and it is supposed to record your path in finding the answer to your question within the limits of federal statutory finding aids for each online database — whether free-of-charge or fee-based.

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