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.
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.
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.
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.
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…).
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.
Winners of the Rename the CYBERSCRIPT Contest
The winners of the Rename the CYBERSCRIPT Contest are Priscilla Justiniano and Katherine (Katy) Donaldson with the suggestion of the “Library’s Latest.” The new name will start with volume 12 in August.
Runners up with other great suggestions were Andrew Ricker, Hunter Whaley, Shakuwra Shaw, Stefano Portigliatti, Megan Becker, and Kimberly Morant. Thank you to everyone who submitted suggestions!!
The Library Hours are kept up to date each day on the Library Homepage. The Reference Desk hours and the future hours of the Library including intersession and Memorial Day weekend are posted at http://www.fcsl.edu/ltc/ltc-hours.
As summer jobs and internships start, one of the questions we get at the Library is “how do I start my research?” The good news is, there are lots of resources on how to do that!
Some of the best resources are Libguides on legal research. Libguides are created by librarians, and there are lots of law librarians helping you out! Florida Coastal has a great one for low cost legal research.
If you want more, run a search in Google for libguide starting legal research: .edu (that : .edu restricts the search to only school websites). Or change up the language and run starting legal research libguide: .edu (it will give you slightly different results). Switch up the words for more results libguide beginning legal research: .edu for example.
Or, call a Librarian! We are here all summer for you, whether it is for class, an externship or work! You can call and leave a message, we will call you back – (904) 680-7612. Or you can email us your question email@example.com or use the Ask A Librarian page.
Are you looking for some light summer reading? Nothing is better at the beach than a law book! Why read the latest trashy novel or hot biography when Android apps in one hour for lawyers or Finding your voice in law school: mastering classroom cold calls, job interviews, and other verbal challenges is available? You can find all your summer reading needs through the Coastal catalog including these new acquisitions. Please shake the sand out before returning them.
What is the best way to deal with exam jitters?
Google, Bing, Duck Duck Go, Ask.com, and other sources will give you common wisdom and anecdotes about various techniques that have worked for other test takers. These may work for you.
But what if you want some no-nonsense, scientifically reliable, double-blind-tested techniques? If so, the best way to find them is to start by carefully selecting a source that contains that kind of material. You may have to try several sources until you find a good one.
I knew I wanted to find an article that contained carefully researched methods of dealing with test-day jitters. I was not interested in studies that simply measured anxiety levels. I wanted articles that would give me reliable advice. I settled on ProQuest eLibrary. I knew this source contained a range of newspapers and magazines that could have articles describing how to deal with exam jitters that would be properly sourced. I found the following tips from Sue Shellenbarger, Toughest Exam Question: What is the Best Way to Study?, WALL ST. J. ONLINE, Oct. 26, 2011.
- If you are taking the exam in an unfamiliar place, visit the room in advance.
- Set aside 10 minutes beforehand to write down your worries. Expressing yourself in writing will unburden you.
- Envision yourself in a situation you find challenging and invigorating. Then switch your mental image to the testing room and imagine yourself feeling the same way. With practice, you’ll be able to summon up more confidence on test day.