Author Archives: Colleen Manning, JD, MS in LIS

In the Library this Week (Sept. 9th – 15th)

- Researching for Your ALWR Workshop;
- Researching Federal Administrative Law Workshop;
- Researching Federal Legislative History Workshop;
- Westlaw Career Focus Training;
- WestlawNext Certification Training;
- Mandatory Advanced Westlaw Makeup Training.

In the Library this Week (Sept 3rd – 8th)

- Finding a Topic for Your ALWR Workshop;
- Researching Federal Administrative Law Workshops;
- Researching Federal Legislative History Workshops;
- The Library catalog will be down most of Wednesday. Please see the Reference Desk for assistance finding materials.

Tips for Starting Off the Fall Semester Right

Whether you are a new law student or a returning student, starting off the semester off on the right path is the best way to ensure success. Here are a few great tips:
• Go to Class
• Read for Class
• Take notes
• Review, Review, Review
• Attend Workshops
• Minimize Stress
• Get Help if You Need It
For the rest of the list, click here. Your Coastal Library has also created resources to assist you: The Law School Timeline, 1L Guide to Study Aids, and 2L & 3L Guide to Study Aids. So, our advice is take advantage or your resources, including your Library!

In the Library this Week (July 1th – July 7th)

Happy Birthday to the United States!  Have a happy and safe holiday!

Library Independence Day Weekend Hours (July 4th – July 6th)
Thursday (4th) CLOSED
Friday (5th) 10:00am – 6:00pm (No 1st Floor Additional Hours)
Saturday (6th) 10:00am – 6:00pm

Library  Hours
The Library Hours are kept up to date each day on the Library Homepage. The Reference Desk hours, 1st Floor Additional Hours, and the future hours of the Library are posted at http://www.fcsl.edu/ltc/ltc-hours.

 

Don’t Forget Secondary Sources

Librarians often tell students to start researching with secondary sources. Secondary sources are a great starting point for researching an unfamiliar area, providing a narrative explanation of complex concepts, giving citations to primary authority, and commentary on cutting edge legal issues. Something we don’t discuss that secondary sources can provide confirmation that there is no clear rule or guidance on an issue or common sense answer. In these instances, secondary sources are not our starting point, but rather our last ditch effort to find something, anything, to confirm that which is suspected as true. Recently a CLE (Continuing Legal Education) book confirmed for a researcher that there is no clear answer to a lien question. The book was found by using our catalog and searching for the larger concepts (association and Florida). Roaming the shelves is another great way to find secondary sources in print. We have a call number list on some of the shelves on the second floor that can help narrow this type of search.

Of course, secondary sources, including many CLEs, are available in Westlaw and Lexis, Hein Online, and sometimes in Google Books. It is important to remember that many secondary source titles are only available through one database. So, Tax Analyst titles are only available on Lexis, whereas WGL titles are only available in Westlaw. So it often a good idea as a student, who has educational access both Westlaw and Lexis, to search both vendors if information is still needed.

In the Library this Week (June 17th – 23rd)

Catalog Down Today
On Monday, June 17th, the Library will be upgrading its server. The upgrade will take most of the day due to the amount of information that needs to be transferred. During this time the Library catalog will be offline. If you need assistance in locating materials please come speak with a Librarian or contact the Reference Desk (680-7612). Our circulation system will also be down during this time; however we will still be able to check materials in and out. We just ask for your patience as the process may take longer than usual.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve on the services we provide to the Florida Coastal community.

In the Library this Week (June 4th – 9th)

Take a Break in the Library
What:  Soda and Snacks
When:  Wednesday, June 5th starting at 12:30pm
Where:  Library Copy Lounge
Catch:  While supplies Last.

Possible Sound from the Atrium
There will be an event conducted in the Atrium tonight (4th), 6:30pm-8:30pm.  The noise from this event may be heard in areas of the Library, particularly on the 1st floor from 8:00pm-8:30pm.  Please Plan your Studying Accordingly.

Library Hours this Summer

New summer Library hours begin tomorrow (Thursday, 30th).

The Library will be open until 8pm every night.  The 1st floor of the Library will be open from 8pm-11pm after the rest of the Library closes each day. Library policies are still in effect during these hours.

The Reference Desk hours will be from noon-6pm on Monday-Thursday, and noon-4pm on Fridays.