Tag Archives: Research

Career Advice and Research

This month, we received books on career advice, research, and more!

TITLE AUTHOR CALL #
A blackletter statement of federal administrative law KF5407 .B53 2013
The constitutional systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean : a contextual analysis Derek O’Brien KGL5548 .O27 2014
California legal research Hether C. Macfarlane, Aimee Dudovitz, Suzanne E. Rowe KFC74 .M33 2013
Judging statutes Robert A. Katzmann KF425 .K38 2014
Employability skills for law students  Emily Finch, Stefan Fafinski KD460 .F56 2014

Bar Prep, Career Tactics, and More!

We have some new resources for you here in the library for bar preparation, career information, and more!

TITLE AUTHOR CALL #
Advice for the lawlorn: career do’s and don’ts from one of the most successful legal recruiters in the industry Ann M. Israel KF299.I5 I835 2014
Clearing the last hurdle: mapping success on the bar exam Wanda M. Temm KF303 .T46 2014
Engaging students through social media: evidence based practices for use in student affairs Reynol Junco LB2343 .J79 2014
How to achieve success after the bar exam: a step-by-step action plan Joan R. M. Bullock KF300 .B853 2014
Intellectual property law of plants Mark D. Janis K3876 .J36 2014
Reinventing the practice of law: emerging models to enhance affordable legal services KF336 .R45 2014
The lawyer’s guide to working smarter with knowledge tools Marc Lauritsen KF320.A9 L38 2010
The Oxford guide to treaties KZ1301 .O94 2012
Transforming the education of lawyers: the theory and practice of clinical pedagogy KF282 .T73 2014
Your guide to understanding Florida personal injury law Samuel Bearman KFF197.P3  B43 2011

We’ve got new resources!

We’ve added new books! To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received since the start of October, 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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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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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.

Fireworks – Related Darwin Awards

The Library wishes you a fun, happy, and safe Independence Day.

For examples of how NOT to celebrate safely, check out the Darwin Awards website. Like many sites, they have a search box at the bottom of their homepage. The Advanced Search link describes how to search the site using Boolean connectors like “AND.”

Enter the term “fireworks” into the search box for some cautionary tales!

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.   

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.