Tag Archives: Research

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.

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…).

How Do I Start My Research?

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 refdesk@fcsl.edu or use the Ask A Librarian page.