Tag Archives: Library

Curl up with a new book during Snowmageddon

When your friends in colder climes tell you how they are digging themselves out of a winter wonderland, tell them you too are staying indoors during this cold spell-with a new book from the Coastal Library! Here are the latest acquisitions after the jump for you to check out.

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Check out these new additions to the Coastal Library collection!

We’ve added new books! To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received since the start of September, 2013, click Continue reading below. Most of the items listed there can be found in the General Collection and checked out for up to three weeks by members of the Coastal Community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

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Do you need to fill out your Florida Bar Character and Fitness Information?

Do you need to fill out your Florida Bar Character and Fitness Information? If you aren’t taking the Florida bar exam, maybe the character and fitness for another state? Maybe you are looking to get your Certified Legal Intern (CLI) clearance? If so, then do we have good news for you! The Library has put together a LibGuide full of resources to help you find the information required for the Character and Fitness portion of the Florida Bar and the CLI!

Take a look at this handy guide on the Library homepage under Resources and then LibGuides. Once in the Florida Coastal’s LibGuides site, look at the Florida Bar Character and Fitness Information LibGuide. It’s that easy!

 

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!

Check out these new additions to the Coastal Library collection!

We’ve added new books! To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in June and July 2013, click Continue reading below. Most of the items listed there can be found in the General Collection and checked out for up to three weeks by members of the Coastal Community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required). Continue reading

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.

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…).