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1-L Survival Guide

This guide provides vital information on library services for first year law students.

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Welcome to the  Robert S. Marx Law Library! 

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Congratulations!  You are now in law school. But now what? As a first year law student, you may find yourself needing some help. This guide is intended to introduce you to the many ways that the Library can assist you to do more than just survive your first year in law school. We can help you succeed!

Library Access & Hours

Building and Library Access for Law Students and Faculty 

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Your UC ID (Bearcat Card) will allow you access to the building and the Law Library 24/7. If you forget your UC ID during regular business hours (weekdays, 8:00am -- 5:00pm) enter through the Clifton Avenue doors.

If you forget your UC ID after-business-hours or on the weekend  use the sliding glass doors at the back of the building where a call button has been installed with voice and video links to the Library Circulation Desk. This service is only available during hours that the Law Library is open. See Library Hours for a schedule of open hours.

To enter the Library when it is closed, swipe your ID card through the key-card reader mounted outside the library entrance located across from classroom 302. Exit after-hours through that same door.

Library Hours

Although law faculty and students have 24/7 access to the Library, circulation and reference are only available during certain hours. Hours vary over the summer and during holidays. You can check Library hours at 556-0163 or at http://www.law.uc.edu/library/home/library-hours.

  • Circulation hours when classes are in session:
    • Monday -- Thursday 8:00am - 10:00pm
    • Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Circulation hours when classes are not in session:
    • Monday -- Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Closed Saturday and Sunday

Reference Hours

Take advantage of Reference Librarian expertise! Call the Reference Desk at 513-556-8078 with research questions and we'll be happy to help with suggestions for sources and tips. Also, don't forget the Library's Web page and many research guides

  • Reference hours when classes are not in session:
    • Monday -- Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. 
  • Reference hours when classes are in session:
    •  Monday -- Thursday 9:00am -- 7:00 PM;
    •  Friday 9:00am -- 5:00pm

Reporting Unauthorized Persons & Emergencies

To report unauthorized persons in the Law Library after hours, or to report any personal or facility-related emergency, please call UC Public Safety at 556-1111. Report any problem that you experience with the key-card access function of your I.D. card to Susan Boland, Associate Director of Public & Research Services.

Important Contact Information & Links

Library Director:

Ken Hirsh
Director, Law Library
Professor of Practice
Room 314B, Marx Law Library
513-556-0159
ken.hirsh@uc.edu

Public & Research Services:

  • Circulation Desk: 556-3016

  • Reference Desk: 556-8078

Information Technology:

Where to Study

Carrels

Tables & Carrels

Image of a student studying in carrelStudents can use any carrel or table in the Library as long as it is unoccupied or not reserved. You can reserve a carrel for the academic year at the Circulation Desk. Carrels are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once your carrel is reserved, a reserved sign will be placed on the carrel. Students can check out non-circulating books to their carrels but must have a yellow carrel flag in each book or the book(s) will be re-shelved. Interlibrary Loan books may be taken to the carrel but must be returned to the Circulation Desk at the end of each day.

Carrel reservations for 2016-2017 will open Friday, Aug. 19. 

Study Rooms

Image of study roomStudy Room Policies

The Library has two small study rooms, 413(A) and 413(B) that can be reserved. The Rare Book Room may also be reserved. Note that checking out a key does not reserve the room. If someone reserves the room, you will be displaced.

 

  • Only one room reservation (per individual) is permitted each day.
  • Each reservation may be for a maximum of three hours.
  •  Reservations are generally on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Persons may stay in a study room for longer than three-hours provided no one has reserved the room. Those with reservations have first priority for the rooms. Those without reservations must leave when a student or group having a reservation claims the room. 
  • Please cancel your reservation if you find you no longer need it. 
  • While reservation requests may be made at any time, reservations requests are responded to Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm. Please make reservations in advance to account for delays between request and response. If making a reservation request on weekends or outside of the 8:00am-4:00pm window, your request will not be processed until the next business day.
  • There is no food allowed in the Rare Book Room due to issues in the past.

How to Make a Reservation

  • Check for room availability, make or cancel a reservation at http://taft.law.uc.edu/rooms (this link is available off of the Law School's webpages at the bottom left corner).
    • Click on the link that says: Click Here to Make / Cancel a Reservation
    • Read through the Room Reservation Policies
    • Click on the link that says Click Here to Make a Reservation
    • Fill in the required information and click Submit Query.

Anyone leaving any items in a study room beyond the reserved time will have these items put aside in the room, turned into the lost-and-found, or reshelved. The Law Library takes no responsibility for any items left in a study room. The group or student having reserved the room will then be let into the room. When leaving the room, please leave the room neat and clean. Turn off the light and close the door.

Abuse of study room privileges may result in the loss of the use of the study rooms.

Computer Labs

Computer Lab Locations

Image of Downstairs Computer LabThe Law School has two computer labs for law student use -- one on the third floor and one on the Mezzanine level. To use the computers, you will have to login with a username and password. For more detailed information, please see the Computing Services tab in this guide, and  http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/lawcomputing.

Food is not allowed in the computer labs. Beverages in containers with lids are permitted.

Security

Safety & Security

Although the Library tries to provide a safe and secure environment for research and study,  we are open to the public and thefts can occur. Do not leave belongings unattended. The Library is not responsible for any books and personal belongings left unattended.  Materials left unattended for any length of time without special arrangements may be reshelved or placed in lost & found at the Library staff's discretion. Unclaimed items of value are turned over to the UC Department of Public Safety.

Reporting Incidents

Should a theft or other incident occur:

  • call 556-1111
  • state that you are calling from the University of Cincinnati, the building name (the College of Law is the Taft Building), room number and reason for the call, and description of act and any suspect involved (if possible)
  • remain until UC Public Safety Officer arrives

 

Food & Beverages in the Law Library

Image of Water BottleBeverages

Beverages in containers with lids are permitted in the Library. 

Food

No food is permitted in the Computer Labs or the Rare Book Room. Packaged snack foods such as candy, chips, pretzels, crackers, and cookies; as well as other non-odiferous, non-messy foods are allowed in the Library’s open areas.  Please dispose of wrappers and containers promptly. This food policy aims to strike a reasonable balance in providing an inviting and flexible study environment but also in allowing for your classmates’ enjoyment of a clean, well-kept facility without strong or lingering food smells.  It also prevents damage to library resources. All unattended food items in the law library are subject to removal and disposal by the staff.  Failure of students to handle or dispose of beverage or food properly may cause the policy to be revised.

Restrooms

The only public restrooms within the Library are located at the far end of the first floor. The nearest restrooms outside of the Library are on the third floor of the building, across from the Moot Court office (Room 304). Law students and UC students can swipe a UC I.D. card through the key-card reader mounted outside of the restroom to enter.

Noise

Unfortunately, sound carries in the Law Library.  Please avoid loud or lengthy conversations in open areas of the Law Library, and any other conduct that disturbs others or disrupts their work.  Please step outside of the Library for cell phone conversations and turn off the ring feature on your cell phone or pager. 

Lost & Found

The Law Library maintains a lost and found area at the Circulation Desk. After a reasonable period of time, unclaimed items are disposed of or turned over to the UC Department of Public Safety.

Circulation & Reserves

Circulation & Reserves

Circulation

Image of the circulation deskCirculation and Reserves services are available at the Circulation Desk which is immediately on right as you enter the library. Reserves are located in a room behind the Circulation Desk and may be checked out for a two-hour period. Much of the Law Library collection does not circulate because it consists of multi-volume sets, loose-leaf services, or other materials that must be regularly updated and readily available to all library users. For those materials that do circulate, primarily treatises, the lending period runs until the end of the semester. Renewals may be made in person, through the online catalog, or by telephone at 556-3016. Check your account and renew books at http://uclid.uc.edu/patroninfo/. Note that if you check out a book on your library account, you are responsible for all due dates and fines. This is the case even if you are cite checking for a journal or check out a book for a friend or professor.

Reserves

  • Course Reserves
    • Anything your professor might put on reserve
  • General Reserves
    • Bluebook & ALWD citation manuals
    • Media and other high demand material 
    • Equipment such as headphones and extension cords

Note that study aids are located in reference.

Library Catalog

A computer for ready access to UCLID, our online library catalog, is located at the Information Desk. You can access UCLID from any computer connected to the Internet whether on-campus or off-campus.

Search the UC Library Catalog

Always check UCLID first to see if a book is available in our library or another UC library. 

When you find a title through UCLID, the online catalog, that is owned by another library:

  • Click on the Request button. 
  • Enter your username and password
  • Select Law Library as your pick-up library
  • Click on the Submit button.

The book will be delivered to the Law Library and you will receive an email in your UC email account when it comes. Be aware that it may take 3 or more days to arrive. Note that if your pick-up location and request location are the same, the request is not processed. In other words, if a book is available in the law library, do not request it. Instead retrieve the book yourself and check it out.

OhioLINK Catalog Search

If a book you want is not available at UC, you may be able to find and borrow it through the OhioLINK.  Be sure and check UCLID first.  OhioLINK is also accessible through UCLID (click the search OhioLINK button)

When you find a title that is owned by another library:

  • Click on the Request button. 
  • Enter your username and password
  • Select Law Library as your pick-up library

 

OhioLINK: Ohio's Academic Library Consortium 

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WorldCat Catalog

If a book you want is not available in UCLID or OhioLINK, you will need to submit an Interlibrary Loan Request.

  • Find the book in WorldCat (use the box below for a simple search, use the WorldCat Advanced Search for more search options).
  • Fill out an ILL form with the information you found in WorldCat. Note that the Law Library does not use ILLiad at this time.

 

Search for an item in libraries near you:
WorldCat.org >>

The book will be delivered to the Law Library and you will receive an email in your UC email account when it comes.  Be aware that it may take 10 or more days to arrive.  Circulation loan periods will vary.  Renewal options will also vary.  Generally, ILL material can only be used in the Law Library.

 

 

Loan Periods

How Long Can You Keep Something Checked Out?

Note that periodicals and reference materials do not circulate.

Loan Periods
Type of Material Loan Period Renewals Fines
UC Law Reserves 2-hours $1.00 / hour, $8.00 / day No renewals
UC Books 1 UC semester 2 renewals $0.50 per day for the first 29 days, Recalls $1.00 / day
OhioLINK Books 3 weeks 6 renewals $0.50 per day for the first 29 days, Recalls $1.00 / day
SearchOhio Books 3 weeks 2 renewals $0.50 per day for the first 29 days, Recalls $1.00 / day
UC Audiovisuals 1 week 1 renewal $4.00 / day
OhioLINK Audiovisuals 1 week No renewals $4.00 / day
SearchOhio DVDs 1 week 3 renewals $4.00 / day
Interlibrary Loans Varies Varies Varies

Paying Fines

The Law Library does not have the authority to waive fines from other libraries. Check your account and renew books at http://uclid.uc.edu/patroninfo. Please note that for books where a replacement charge has been billed (30 days overdue), even if the book is later returned there will be a $50 billing fee.

The Fine Appeal Committee (for the entire UC library system) reviews fine charges that patrons wish to appeal. To appeal a fine, complete the Fine Appeal Form. The fine appeal form can be e-mailed to the Circulation and Multimedia Services Department at uclibcirc@ucmail.uc.edu. Payments of library fines may be made by check or money order (payable to the University of Cincinnati) by Bearcat Campus Card (UC ID) at the Langsam Library Circulation Desk, or by mail at: Circulation and Multimedia Services, Langsam Library, PO Box 210033, Cincinnati OH 45221-0033. Payments can also be made with a Bearcat Card by phone at (513) 556-1424. They do not accept cash or credit.

Book Interlibrary Loan Form

This Interlibrary loan form is only for law students, faculty and staff. Other UC students, faculty, and staff should use ILLiad.

Citation

OCLC Accession Number from WorldCat (located at the bottom of the WorldCat Record).

Patron Information

Article Interlibrary Loan Form

This form is only for law students, faculty and staff. Other UC students, faculty, and staff should use ILLiad. Please check to see if this material is available through UCLID or OhioLINK before submitting your request. Please provide as much information as possible. Incomplete forms will be returned to you for clarification.

NOTE: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of Copyright Law.

Citation

OCLC Accession Number from WorldCat (located at the bottom of the WorldCat Record).

Patron Information

Reference

Reference Services & Hours

Reference librarians can help you with formulating research strategies and using research tools. The law librarians have written guides that we post on the Law Library’s website. We also link to research guides that others have created. See, Research Resources, http://www.law.uc.edu/library/guides. For interdisciplinary subjects, check one of the UC Library Subject Guides, http://guides.libraries.uc.edu. Our educational goal is to teach you how to find the answers yourself!

You can reach the reference desk by calling 556-8078.

  • Reference hours when classes are not in session:
    • Monday -- Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. 
  • Reference hours when classes are in session:
    •  Monday -- Wednesday 9:00am -- 7:00 PM;
    •  Thursday -- Friday 9:00am -- 5:00pm

Susan M. Boland

Picture of Susan BolandAssociate Director of Public & Research Services
Robert S. Marx Law Library
Office 315
susan.boland@uc.edu
v: (513) 556-4407
f: (513) 556-6265

Susan Boland is the Associate Director of Public & Research Services for the University of Cincinnati Robert. S. Marx Law Library. She teaches legal research and offers reference and research support services to all law library users. Prior to joining the law library faculty, she was the Head of Information Services for the Ruth Lilly Law Library at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law and the Research & Instructional Services librarian at Northern Illinois University College of Law. She has also held positions at a public library and community college library and served as a judicial clerk for the Iowa District Court for the Fifth Judicial District.  She is a member of various professional associations both regionally and nationally, and was Chair of the Computing Services Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries. She has presented at regional and national conferences, as well as at continuing legal education programs. Her publications include annotated bibliographies on the death penalty and election law, as well as articles on legal research, technology, and teaching.

James Hart

Picture of James HartSenior Reference Librarian
Robert S. Marx Law Library
Office 310(f)
james.hart@uc.edu
v: (513) 556-0160
f: (513) 556-6265

James Hart is the Senior Reference Librarian with the Robert S. Marx Law Library.  He is responsible for providing reference and research assistance to all library patrons. He provides particular expertise in the areas of foreign and international law research.  Mr. Hart is a member of various professional associations both regionally and nationally, and recently won the Spirit of Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section Award. He has presented at local, regional, and national conferences. Mr. Hart's publications include articles on research guides, teaching, and the European human rights system. Prior to joining the Marx Law Library, he previously held positions at San Diego State University and Southeast Missouri State.

Ronald Jones

Picture of Ronald JonesRonald Jones
Electronic Resources & Instructional Services Librarian
Robert S. Marx Law Library
Office 314(C)
ronald.jones@uc.edu
v: (513) 556-0158
f: (513) 556-6265

Ronald Jones serves as Electronic Resources & Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Cincinnati Robert S. Marx Law Library. He is responsible for providing reference and research assistance to all library patrons. In addition to his reference duties, Mr. Jones co-teaches Advanced Legal Research. He is a member of various professional associations both regionally and nationally, and is the newly elected chair of the UC Library Faculty.

Shannon Kemen

Picture of Shannon KemenReference Librarian
Robert S. Marx Law Library
Office 310(F)
shannon.kemen.uc.edu
v: (513) 556-6407
f: (513) 556-6265

Shannon Kemen serves as a Reference Librarian at the University of Cincinnati Robert S. Marx Law Library. She is responsible for providing reference and research assistance to all library patrons. In addition to her reference duties, Ms. Kemen co-teaches Technology in Law Practice. She is a member of various professional associations both regionally and nationally, and is Chair of the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries, a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries. Ms. Kemen has published numerous articles and frequently lectures on legal research topics. Prior to joining the library faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Ms. Kemen was a Reference and Electronic Services librarian at Keating Muething & Klekamp, PLL.

IT Support

IT Support Information

IT is no longer part of the Law Library.

Those seeking IT support and information should contact the following:
Michael Tadele
513-556-1332
uclawit@uc.edu

Or, you can fill out the computer help form at http://www.law.uc.edu/library/computerhelp

Audiovisual and Media Support
Mike Mimms
law_av_supt@uc.edu
210C Law Library
556-0161

James Crosett
Director, Business Affairs (and Head of IT)
513-556-0064 (Office 200D)
crossejs@ucmail.uc.edu

UCit Helpdesk:
556-HELP (4357) for help with Central Login passwords and e-mail. (UCit is the central campus computing organization.)

Textbooks & Course Websites

Textbooks

The Booklist for classes is posted on the Law School's website under Current Students. The Law Library as a general rule does not collect textbooks. Check UCLID, the online catalog, to see what is available.

You can purchase textbooks locally at UC Bookstores or DuBois Book Store. Some students also purchase textbooks online.

In the past, the Public Interest Law Group has also sponsored a UC Law Book Exchange in order to help student buyers and sellers find each other.

TWEN, LexisNexis Webcourses, Blackboard

What Are Blackboard, TWEN, and LexisNexis Webcourses?

Many of your professors will be using TWEN (The West Education Network), Blackboard, or Webcourses (a LexisNexis version of Blackboard) as an online course component to law school classes. In order to access TWEN or the Lexis Webcourses, you will first need to register for Lexis and Westlaw and create usernames and passwords using the Lexis and Westlaw activation codes that will be distributed in your Introduction to Law packets. 

The University of Cincinnati officially supports Blackboard. Use your central authentication credentials to access a course on Blackboard.

Help for Blackboard, TWEN, and LexisNexis Webcourses

Blackboard Help

Westlaw Help

 

Westlaw Account Manager

Picture of Lori ChesterLori Chester
Email Lori

(502)-432-6446

 

Student's Guide to TWEN (PDF)

TWEN Help 1-800-486-4876 (Available 24/7)

Lexis Help

Lexis Customer Support
  • 800-45-53947
Lexis Representative

Picture of Ashley RussellAshley Russell
Email Ashley
(937) 546-5932

Lexis, Westlaw & B-Law Access

Lexis, Westlaw & B-Law Registration

What are Lexis, Westlaw & B-Law?

Lexis, Westlaw, and B-Law (Bloomberg Law) are subscription-based online legal research services. Law students will be given registration codes for these services during the Introduction to Law Week.

Lexis Registration Instructions

Westlaw Registration Instructions

  • Go to: http://lawschool.westlaw.com/register
  • Use your registration key (in your Intro to Law packet)
  • Create your OnePass credentials and complete a law school profile.
  • The custom username and password is used for accessing Westlaw via the http://lawschool.westlaw.com page. If you access Westlaw via the http://www.westlaw.com page, use your custom ID and password and type something (it can be anything, such as your initials) in the client ID box.
  • If you need to edit or update your registration information, click the Register Password link inside the login box and then select Updating Your  Account Information.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law is a relatively new entry into the market for electronic legal research. 

  • Go to http://bloomberglaw.com/activate.
  • Use your activation code (in your Intro to Law packet)
  • Follow the directions and prompts to create your username and password.
  • You will receive an email with a verification link. Once you have clicked that link, you will receive a second email with your access information.
  • Overview Brochure (PDF)
  • Bloomberg Law Help: 1-888-560-BLAW (2529)

Lexis Printing

There is a separate Lexis printer in the computer lab.  Printing on the Lexis printer is currently free.  Certain student organizations, such as Law Review, have Lexis printers as well.  Westlaw free printing ended in June 2013.

Lexis, Westlaw & B-Law Access

Access Bloomberg Law

B-Law Law School Relationship Manager

Chris Bartkowski PictureChris Bartkowski
Email Chris
1-888-560-2529

 

B-Law Student Representative

Catherine Carney PictureCatherine Carney
Email Catherine
Hours: TBA

 

 

Brendan Chisholm - No picture placeholderBrendan Chisholm
Email Brendan
Hours: TBA

 

 

Access Lexis Advance

Lexis Customer Support

  • 800-45-53947

Lexis Representative

Ashley Russell pictureAshley Russell
Email Ashley
(937) 546-5932

 

Lexis Student Representatives

Alexander Beck pictureAlexander Beck
Email Alexander
Hours: M 10:30 am to 1:30 pm; W 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

 

Lexis Student RepresentativePetra Bergman
Email: bergmapa@mail.uc.edu
Hours: T 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
W 12:05 pm to 1:30 pm
Th 5 to 6:35 pm

 

Lexis Student RepresentativeMelissa Springer
Email: springms@mail.uc.edu
Hours: T 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm
W 12:05 pm to 5:30 pm
Th 9:55 am to 10:30 am

Lexis Printing

There is a Lexis supported printer in the computer lab. Printing on the Lexis printer is currently free. Certain student organizations, such as Law Review, have a Lexis printer as well. The Lexis student representatives and not the Library take care of the Lexis printers.

Access Westlaw

OnePass (Username and Password) Questions

  • Check the Password FAQ or call the 24/7 Support at 1-800-850-WEST (9378) and select the Password option

Westlaw Research Questions and Issues

  • Call the 24/7 Support at 1-800-850-WEST (9378) and select Research Assistance

Westlaw Account Manager

Lori Chester pictureLori Chester
Email Lori

(502)-432-6446

 

Westlaw Student Representative

David Lopez - No picture placeholderDavid Lopez
Email David
Hours: TBA

Summer Access

Summer 2016 Access

Lexis Advance

If you’re already registered for Lexis Advance, you don’t need to do anything else to get Summer Access.  Access is unlimited for any purpose.

WestlawNext

Current students may extend the access on their student Westlaw passwords for the summer if they are:

  • working on a paper or project for a law school course
  • current members of a law review or journal and working on projects for that publication
  • working for a law school professor
  • working on a project for a moot court, or
  • working in an unpaid internship/externship (receiving academic credit AND unpaid)

Law school student passwords may not be used for government offices or agencies, law firms, corporations or other purposes unrelated to law school academic work. 

If one of the above describes your summer activities, please apply to extend your full access at Westlaw's Password Extension page. If you take no action, your account will remain active but limited in the number of hours for June and July. Live Chat on WestlawNext will remain active throughout the summer.

B-Law

If your workplace has a Bloomberg Law account, you are expected to use that, but there are no restrictions on your student Bloomberg accounts over the summer.

CaseMakerX

Current students are permitted to use their CasemakerX accounts during the summer without restriction. 

Other Research Databases

Legal Databases

Other Legal Databases

Lexis & Westlaw are not the only legal databases! Due to subscription and licensing agreements, certain library resources are restricted to UC faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. Some of these databases are available to the entire University of Cincinnati community. Others are restricted to the College of Law.

Other Selected Useful Non-legal Databases

Selected Non-Legal Databases

This is a list of selected non-legal databases that law students and faculty have found very useful. You can find a complete list of UC Library databases at http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/main/databases/inda_browse.php. Due to subscription and licensing agreements, certain library resources are restricted to UC faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. 

Law School Survival Guides

Books

First Year Study Aids in the Library

First Year Study Aids

Study aids can be an important tool to help you succeed in law school. Remember that not all study aids are created equal and that the different types of study aids serve different purposes. You will learn more about how to effectively use study aids in your structured study groups. This page lists the various study aids that the Law Library has purchased for your use.

If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building (either connected to Secure Wireless or on a networked computer), you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. To create an account, click the Create an Account link at the top right corner of the Study Aids Subscription page. Use your UC email as the email address. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects or you can access all study aids through https://subscription.westacademic.com while outside of the law school building.

Acing Series

What Is the Acing Series?

Titles in the Acing Series use a unique checklist format with sequential questions that help students fully evaluate a subject. The books also present numerous hypothetical problems and sample answers.

These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

1-L Acing Materials

Black Letter Outlines

What Are Black Letter Outlines?

The Black Letter Outline Series is designed to help students recognize, understand and master the primary principles of law by gaining a good understanding of the rule of law first before applying it to complex fact patterns. They contain comprehensive outlines of particular areas of law, a capsule summary of each outline, practice examinations, and examples and review questions.

These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

1-L Black Letter Outlines

CALI

CALI logoWhat Is CALI?

CALI stands for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.  CALI.org is a non-profit consortium of law schools – of which UC Law is a member – that develops and distributes legal education lessons to the consortium members. CALI courses are available online at http://www.cali.org.

How to Access CALI

You will need to set up a username and password to use CALI online. Go to http://www.cali.org/user/register and click the Create an Account link.  You will be asked to enter UC Law’s authorization code.  You can get this code from any reference librarian or at the Circulation Desk. Once you have entered the authorization code, you can set up your username and password.  Read the CALI FAQs at http://www.cali.org/faq/15694.

First Year CALI Lessons

There are over 410 CALI lessons dealing with First Year topics. You can browse descriptions of them at http://www.cali.org/category/1l-first-year-lesson-topics. You can also browse lessons tied to a specific casebook: http://www.cali.org/content/lessons-casebook.

CALI E-Books

CALI publishes a selected number of free e-books. Of particular note are the Federal Rules. The e-books are available at http://www.cali.org/the-elangdell-bookstore.

Concepts & Insights

What Are Concepts & Insights?

This series, published by West, provides an overview of an area of law. It is similar to the Understanding series. You can see what titles the Law Library owns by doing a series title search in UCLID or clicking on the Complete List of Concepts and Insights.

1-L Concepts & Insights

Concise Hornbooks

What Are Concise Hornbooks?

This series features concise analyses of basic areas of law by prominent legal scholars. It is a condensed version of the more in-depth hornbook. You can see what concise hornbooks the Law Library owns by doing a series title search in UCLID or clicking on the Complete List of Concise Hornbooks.

These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

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CrunchTime

What Is the CrunchTime series?

This study aid provides flow charts, capsule summaries, exam tips, short answer exam questions, multiple choice questions, and essay questions with model answers.You can see all books in the CrunchTime series that the Law Library owns by doing a series title search in UCLID or clicking the Complete List of CrunchTime books.

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E-Flash Cards

What Are E-Flash Cards?

E-Flash Cards are online flash cards for legal subjects. These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

Exam Pro Series (Sum & Substance)

What Is the Exam Pro Series (Sum & Substance)?

The Exam Pro Series are study aids that offer sample exams and corresponding answers with detailed analysis. Each Exam Pro title is authored by a leading law professor and recognized expert in an area of law and contains multiple choice and essay questions based on current court decisions. Detailed explanations for each answer describe the best possible choice as well as red herring answers, which helps increase law student understanding of a topic and build exam skills.

These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

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Examples & Explanations

What Is the Examples & Explanations Series?

Examples & Explanations is a series published by Aspen that provides you with explanations and analysis for a topic and then gives examples to help you fully understand the analysis. A series of problems at the end of each section or chapter assist you in testing your understanding. Answers are provided for these problems. You can see a complete list of the Examples & Explanations the Law Library owns by doing a series title search in UCLID or clicking on the Complete List of Examples & Explanations.

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Gilbert Law Summaries Audio

What Are Gilbert Law Summary Audio CDs?

These Gilbert Law Summaries feature lectures on audio CD by well-known law professors. You can see all of the Gilbert Law Summary Audio CDs that the Library owns by doing a title search in UCLID or click on the Complete List of Gilbert Law Summaries.

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Gilbert Law Summaries

What Are Gilbert Law Summaries?

Gilbert Law Summaries give students a detailed, comprehensive outline to prepare for exams. Each title also includes a capsule summary that is perfect for last minute review. Students can test their knowledge and fine tune exam skills with Gilbert's actual law school exam questions (multiple choice, short answer, and essay) which are featured at the back of each outline. Every question comes with a fully explained answer, and each question is cross-referenced back to the main outline for further review.

These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

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Glannon Guides

What Are Glannon Guides?

The Glannon Guides feature explanatory text and multiple choice questions. You can find Glannon Guides that the Law Library owns by searching UCLID or clicking on the Complete List of Glannon Guides.

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High Court Case Summaries

What Are High Court Case Summaries?

High Court™ Case Summaries are directly keyed to the most widely used law school casebooks. Each brief gives a clear, concise description of a major case’s facts, issues, rationale, and majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions. Also included are analysis, case vocabulary, and a memory graphic. Please note that there may not be a title keyed to the textbook that your particular professor is using. Below are links to those that are keyed to books on the Fall 2015 Booklist.

These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

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Hornbooks

What Are hornbooks?

Think of a hornbook as a mini-treatise for law students. It provides a more in-depth analysis of law school subjects than the other series. They will typically cover cases used in law school classes. You can see what hornbooks the Law Library owns by doing a series title search in UCLID or clicking on the Complete List of Hornbooks.

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Law in a Flash

What Are Law in a Flash sets?

Law in a Flash are flash cards for legal subjects. You can see what Law in a Flash sets the Law Library owns by doing a series title search in UCLID or clicking on the Complete List of Law in a Flash.

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Law Stories Series

What Are Law Stories?

The Law Stories series brings famous cases to life by telling the true, never-heard-before stories behind landmark cases. This fascinating series of texts covers significant cases in major areas of law, including tax, torts, constitutional law, civil procedure and property.

These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

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LegalLines

What Are Legalines?

This law school study aid provides detailed explanations of the cases in certain casebooks. Each brief includes the facts of the case, issues, holdings, and the court's reasoning. The format includes background information and statements of law that relate the cases to the overall law. Please note that there may not be a title keyed to the textbook that your particular professor is using. Below are links to those that are keyed to books on the Fall 2015 Booklist.

These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

Nutshells

What Is a Nutshell?

Nutshells are little paperback books that give a concise overview of an area of law. You can see what nutshells the Law Library owns by doing a series title search in UCLID or clicking on the link for the Complete List of Nutshells.

These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

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Q & A's

What Is a Q&A?

Q&A books consist of multiple choice and short answer questions with detailed explanations of the answers. You can see a complete list of the Q&A titles the Law Library owns by doing a series title search in UCLID or clicking on the Complete List of Q&As.

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Quick Review (Sum & Substance)

What Is the Quick Review (Sum and Substance) Series?

This series contains capsule summary outlines each section with a clear and concise explanation of legal concepts and terms, along with exam hints, strategies, mnemonics, charts, tables and study tips. Self-testing and diagnostic review questions facilitate application of legal concepts. Also provides capsule summaries of significant cases identifying important facts, primary issues and relevant law. Essay and multiple choice questions, model answers, and detailed explanations help with exam preparation.

These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

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Restatements

RestatementsWhat Are Restatements?

Restatements are secondary sources that seek to create a uniform "restatement" of the legal rules that constitute the common law in a particular area.  They are written by the American Law Institute (ALI), a prestigious legal organization composed of noted professors, judges and lawyers. They cover areas of  law that include such first-year subjects as  Torts, Contracts, and Property.

Each Restatement consists of a set of topical volumes, which contain the actual "black letter" legal rules and drafters' commentary, and a set of Appendix volumes, which contain summaries of cases which have adopted or interpreted the Restatement rules.  The Comments are written by the drafters of the Restatement to explain the provision and identify its limitations.  If the provision addresses an area of law about which there is disagreement among jurisdictions, the comment will explain why the Restatement adopts one position as opposed to the other. The "Illustrations" sections of the Restatement provide examples of how a particular Restatement provision would apply in specific factual situations.  Many of these Illustrations are based on actual cases.

You can see what Restatements the Law Library owns by doing a keyword title search in UCLID.

Understanding Series

What Is the Understanding Series?

The Understanding series is published by LexisNexis and provides an overview and analysis of legal subjects.  It provides less analysis than a hornbook but more than a nutshell. You can see a complete list of the Understanding titles the Law Library owns by doing a series title search in UCLID or clicking on the Complete List of Understanding books.

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Short Happy Guides

What Are Short Happy Guides?

These study aids take difficult subject matter and make it accessible and easy to remember. They provide clear explanations, logical sequencing of the material, colorful acronyms, metaphor and imagery.

These are available electronically through the Library's West Academic Study Aids subscription. If accessing the online study aids from the West Academic subscription in the law school building, you can just click on the links below or go to https://subscription.westacademic.com. If you want to be able to access them from off-campus or from other parts of campus, create a West Academic account while in the law school building. Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids for first year subjects.

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Other Study Aids

Other useful study aids that do not fall under the above categories are:

Legal Dictionaries

Overview

Legal dictionaries provide short definitions or explanations of terms and phrases. The sources for the definitions will vary by dictionary.  Legal dictionaries are great places to get an understanding of legal terminology but they are not particularly authoritative sources. 

Search the UC Library Catalog

Search UCLID for additional legal dictionaries by clicking the link below:

Law -- United States -- Dictionaries

Selected Legal Dictionaries

Citation Format for Dictionaries

Bluebook

Rule 15.8 and B15.1 of the Bluebook (20th ed. 2015) governs the citation of dictionaries.

Elements

The citation should include the following:

  • Word (italicized)
  • Dictionary (underlined)
  • Edition
  • Year

Example

Replevin, Black's Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014).

ALWD

Rule 22.1(a) of the ALWD Citation Manual (5th ed. 2014) covers the citation of dictionaries.

Elements

The citation should include the following:

  • Title of the Dictionary (italicized of underlined)
  • Page number
  • Editor
  • Edition
  • Year

Example

Black's Law Dictionary 14291 (Bryan A. Garner ed., 10th ed. 2014).

 

Exam Study Materials

Law Library Research Guides & Tutorials

Frequently Asked Questions

Text Books & Study Aids

Does the Library have any textbooks?

The Library does not generally collect textbooks. If you want to see whether or not we have a particular textbook, search UCLID, the online catalog. You may also find another Ohio library has a textbook by searching OhioLINK. In the past, the Public Interest Law Group has run a UC Book Exchange via a Westlaw TWEN site.

What study aids or supplements does the Library have?

Current study aids or supplements are online or in the Reference 2 collection. See the page of this guide dealing with Study Aids.

Computer & IT

My print subsidies are not showing up on my ID card, what do I need to do?

You need to contact the UCIT Helpdesk: 556-HELP (4357). Please note that print subsidies do not roll over from year to year. If you do not use up all of your print subsidy, it disappears.

Does the Library have a color printer?

No, but Langsam Library does. See http://labs.uc.edu/labHardware.php

Does the Library have a scanner?

Yes! It is in the computer lab on the second floor of the Library near the print release station.

Does the Library have any spare powercords?

Yes! We have powerstrips available for checkout.

Does the Library have any laptop chargers?

No, but we do have a charging station for mobile devices. The charging station is in the upstairs computer lab.

Does the Library have resume paper?

No.

Rooms

How do I reserve a room in the College of Law or the Library?

  • Check for room availability, make or cancel a reservation at http://taft.law.uc.edu/rooms (this link is available off of the Law School's webpages at the bottom left corner).
    • Click on the link that says:  Click Here to Make / Cancel a Reservation
    • Read through the Room Reservation Policies
      • Note the time limits
      • Note that checking out a key does not reserve the room.
    • Click on the link that says Click Here to Make a Reservation
    • Fill in the required information and click Submit Query.

Lost Items

I lost XXX.  Where can I see if anyone has turned it in?

The Law Library maintains a lost and found area at the Circulation Desk. After a reasonable period of time, unclaimed items are disposed of or turned over to the UC Department of Public Safety.

Off Campus Access to Databases

Off Campus Access

UC Access Only

Preferred login for UC. First time users must download the VPN software. Login using your 6+2 and Central Login password.

New: On August 11, 2014, the SSL VPN will be modified to so that the Junos Pulse client is presented for download.  Junos Pulse will become the default SSL VPN client for new SSL VPN users.  If you already have the “Network Connect” client installed you will still be able to connect using the “Network Connect” client.

If you don't have VPN software on your computer, use this to login with your UC or affiliate ID.


Questions?
Troubleshooting Tips
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About the Author

Susan BolandSusan M. Boland
Associate Director of Public & Research Services
Robert S. Marx Law Library
Office 315
susan.boland@uc.edu
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Susan Boland is the Associate Director of Public & Research Services for the University of Cincinnati Robert. S. Marx Law Library. She teaches legal research and offers reference and research support services to all law library users. Prior to joining the law library faculty, she was the Head of Information Services for the Ruth Lilly Law Library at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law and the Research & Instructional Services librarian at Northern Illinois University College of Law. She has also held positions at a public library and community college library and served as a judicial clerk for the Iowa District Court for the Fifth Judicial District.  She is a member of various professional associations both regionally and nationally, and was Chair of the Computing Services Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries. She has presented at regional and national conferences, as well as at continuing legal education programs. Her publications include annotated bibliographies on the death penalty and election law, as well as articles on legal research, technology, and teaching.

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