Legal Research Training Opportunities Abound This Week

Upcoming Sessions

  • Tuesday, January 22nd
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 5
      • Researching Federal Law with Ron Jones
      • 10:40 AM – 12:05 PM in Room 100A
    • Professor McCord’s Section 2
      • Researching Federal Law with Susan Boland
      • 10:40 AM – 12:05 PM in Room 302
    • Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn with Susan Boland and Ashley Russell
      • Researching Paper Topics
      • 12:15 – 1:15 PM in Room 302
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 3
      • Researching Federal Law with Ron Jones
      • 1:30 – 2:55 PM in Room 100A
  • Wednesday, January 23rd
    • Professor Lenhart’s Section 4
      • Advanced Searching with Susan Boland
      • 1:30 – 2:55 PM in Room 100A
    • Professor Oliver’s Poverty and the Law Seminar
      • Poverty Law Resources with Susan Boland
      • 4:00 – 5:00 PM in Room 306

Check it Out — 24×7

iPad self-checkout stationThis week the Marx Law Library added an iPad-based self-checkout station at the front of the library. To check out books any time of day or night, follow these simple steps:

  1. Press the “Start” button.
  2. Wipe your Bearcat Card in the card reader on the right side of the unit.
  3. Open the rear cover of the book and hold it under the unit so the red laser beam crosses the barcode.
  4. Repeat step 3 for each book.

The system will send you an email message confirming the transaction.

You can also use your iOS or Android device to check out books. Go to the App Store or Google Play and search for “UC Self-Checkout.” The app will use your device’s camera to scan the barcode. You will need to manually enter your patron ID the first time that you use the app; that ID is your M number, which is visible on your Bearcat Card. Happy reading!



Spring Semester Launches

Welcome Back!

The Marx Law Library welcomes you back for spring semester 2019. We’ve got our usual stable of resources ready to help you make it a successful semester; these include study aids, legal research services, research guides, CALI exercises, bar exam study resources, and a dedicated staff of experts. Please reach out to us whenever you need help finding the information that will make your semester a great one.

Upcoming Research Training Sessions

  • Friday, January 18th
    • Professor Bradley’s Sections 1 & 6
      • Researching Federal Law with Shannon Kemen
      • 11:10 A.M. – 12:05 PM in Room 118
  • Tuesday, January 22nd
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 3
      • Researching Federal Law with Ron Jones
      • 1:30 &ndash 2:55 PM in Room 100A


Holiday Wishes

The building is much quieter now, as scheduled exams are finished and most students have left for their holiday destinations. The library staff has finished the cleanup of our bagels and snacks area. Some of us are busy grading papers or preparing for next semester’s classes. We wish for all of you a relaxing winter break. May your travels be safe, your feasts be tasty and nutritious, and your days filled with wonder.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Maybe That Is In Dispute

You may well disagree with that classic song title’s sentiment given that final exams start tomorrow. We understand if you are feeling a little anxious, especially if you are a 1L. The Marx Law Library is here for you. We’ve got study aids online and in print, CALI lessons, and legal research experts to point you in the right direction. Bookmark Susan Boland’s comprehensive guide to study aids by subject matter. Don’t worry if you were studying so hard that you forgot to make breakfast! We’ll be serving bagels beginning Tuesday morning and SBA is providing snacks during the day. So feed your brain, feed your body, and do whatever it takes to feed your soul – we’re with you all the way to the end of the semester!

The Semester Draws to a Close—Can Exams Be Far Behind?

Your Effort and Our Resources Can Lead to Success!

With classes ending this week, students get a few days of using a more flexible schedule to finish preparing for exams. Facing exams can be an anxious time for first-semester 1Ls and experienced law students alike. Please take advantage of the services and resources available to you, such as study groups and the programs offered by Joel Chanvisanuruk, our Assistant Dean for Academic Success and Bar Programs. Also, know that the Law Library offers a wealth of resources to help you prepare for exams. Here is a partial list of them:

  • CALI Lessons: CALI offers more than 1,000 online lessons on nearly every law school subject. They are interactive, self-paced quizzes that teach or reinforce your understanding of the subject. If you haven’t already registered for CALI, you will need the school’s authorization code. Send us an email message and we will reply with the code.
  • Online Study Aids: You have 24/7 access to over 400 study aids on West Academic and over 200 more on Lexis OverDrive. And don’t forget print study aids in the Reference 2 collection on the entrance floor of the library.
  • Use your access to PowerNotes to take notes from and organize outlines with online resources. Find helpful details in the 1L Study Guide! In fact, all levels of our students can find useful information in that guide!
  • If you are organizing hard copy notes and outlines, you’ll find WEPA printers on the library’s second and third floors and helpful tools like staplers and hole punches at the circulation desk.


Feed Your Body As Well As Your Mind

The Marx Law Library is happy to again provide bagels and beverages during exams. Because of university financial reporting requirements, we ask that once during the exam period you print your name on the sheets that will be available at the bagel table. Thank you!


Thanksgiving Week; Native American Month

Thanksgiving in an Academic Setting

Thanksgiving is a light work week in academic institutions, with no official business on Thursday or Friday and many folks departing Wednesday or earlier to join family or to otherwise take advantage of the holiday. Most of us have something or even many people and things for which to be thankful. We at the Marx Law Library wish the best possible Thanksgiving for you!

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. The timing is not coincidental: most of us learned some version of the meeting of Pilgrim refugees and Native Americans at what was to become Massachusetts while we were in elementary school. The subsequent history is fraught with violence and forced resettlement of American Indians. Controversy continues today, including a notable apparent voter suppression campaign in North Dakota for the 2018 mid-term election. Please take a look at the materials that Susan Boland has gathered in the library’s display area. Here is some of the information that Susan provides:

  • Total Native American and Alaskan Native population: 6.8 million
  • Ohio Native American population: 424,625 or 0.3% of the state’s residents.
  • Number of federally recognized American Indian tribes in 2018: 573
  • Number of federally recognized American Indian reservations in 2016: 326
  • Proportion of U.S. attorneys who are Native American: 1%.
  • Number of active Native American federal judges: 1
  • Number of Native Americans who entered law school in 2016: 187

Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, November 20th

  • How to Handle a Real Research Problem with Susan Boland and Ashley Russell
    • 12:15 – 1:15 P.M. in Room 118
    • Lunch and Lexis Points Provided! Advance registration is required.

Featured Research Resources

  • Study Aids:Principles of Federal Indian Law online at West Academic and Mastering American Indian Law online at Lexis OverDrive.
  • Treatise: Cohn’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law available online on Lexis Advance.