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.

 

Where do I find citation information?

This is a question we get a lot! While you can always check the Bluebook, it’s not always straight forward. There are several books to help you in your quest to understand the Bluebook:

That’s all fine and dandy for law school, but what about citation in practice? In Florida, the state court practice rules are in the Rules of Appellate Procedure. You can generally find the court practice rules for citation at the court’s websitebar association website, or at LII (The Legal Information Institute).

Need the citation rules for another state? No problem! LII has you covered. Or do search for the state’s bar association or court website. Still can’t find it? You can always contact us at the reference desk at refdesk@fcsl.edu or 904.680.7612.

Have fun citing!

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.

Enjoy the summer, and do your research just to be safe!

With the summer season here, many people like to hit the beaches and have barbeques and other outdoor parties. Unfortunately though, with the summer fun, many police departments see an increase in crimes and complaints. Here are a couple websites that can help you be aware of dangerous areas and make sure you are not violating the law. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has a crime map that shows you where and what type of crimes have taken place anywhere in Duval County. Then check out Municode or the city’s website for the city you are in to make sure your barbeque or party is not violating local noise ordinances. These sites are very useful for practicing attorneys as well.   

New summer related resources!

This time of year our thoughts turn to having fun outdoors. Why not take a look at the new summer resources? When thinking of a Jacksonville Suns baseball game why not take The baseball trust: a history of baseball’s antitrust exemption along for the fun? Are you camping this summer? We have you covered there too; Environmental and natural resources law is just the thing to pack. We just received these great new titles and many others too, take a look.

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Free Software for You – and its Good!

All of us have been inundated with offers of free software we can install on our phones, tablets, and laptops. I’ve gotten a little cynical about it: legal publishers are eager to offer free apps and browser extensions as a way of marketing themselves. Still, some of it is actually pretty useful. Lexis Advance and WestlawNext are available through proprietary apps that work well.

Occasionally, free software can even be great! How would you like the chance to download software that is used daily by virtually all the “AmLaw 100” law firms; software that would cost you approximately $400.00 for a single-user license?

You can. CaseMap is available through LexisNexis, and all students can download it from their LexisNexis homepage. After logging on, go to the “Free Downloads” tab, and then look under “Litigation Tools” for CaseMap. Once you install it, open it, and click on the CaseMap Quick Start Tutorial on the right hand panel to get started. Any questions? Your librarians are here to help.

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.

Other law libraries

We at the Florida Coastal Library really, really like you all.  We are here to help and answer your questions.  But you may not be close by, you may need a print resource.  If you can’t come to us, then definitely go to another library!  They are (almost) as nice and helpful as we are.

Where can you go?  Well, that depends.  Most states have some kind of public law library system – you can look at some lists of those libraries, both national and regional.  You can also do a search in Google (or your favorite search engine) for something like county law library list (if you have an area, like Florida or California or Duval County, to add to the search that’s even better!).

You can also use public law school libraries for free in most cases.  And even private law schools will often let you in (sometimes for a small fee, but often at least a couple times for free).  There are also some lists of the law school libraries (this one goes directly to their catalogs, but you can then find the name of the law school near you).  Or you can look at the law schools and find their library page.

Once you find a library – do not be shy to talk to the librarians, they want to help you (just be sure to use your best library voice…).

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.