Monthly Archives: March 2015

Meet the Law Library’s Therapy Bobcat: Blakley

bobcat_hunting_2Are looming final exams getting you stressed out?  Is your graduation paper giving you fits? If so, come to the Law Library to meet Blakley our therapy bobcat. Blakley will help sooth your frazzled nerves and put you at ease.  One of our librarians found Blakley living in the Rural Road parking structure.  Blakley was lured to the Law Library with just a few bowls of milk, a big steak, and a little coaxing.  (A photo of tasty looking law students didn’t hurt either.)

 

If you would like to make an appointment to spend some stress free time with Blakley, stop by the Circulation desk to make an appointment or use our new Online Bobcat Therapy Reservation System.  Blakley generally stays in the all-night study room but at times can be seen roaming the library in search of law students so he can help them cope with the rigors of law school.

If you haven’t figured it out already, Happy April Fool’s Day!

Deadline for Award for Exemplary Student Research is Fast Approaching

The deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 1st, 2015.

Do you want to win $500?  How about $250?  Would you like to have your work displayed in the Faculty Publications Display Case?  How about all the pats on the back you will get from family and friends if you win this prestigious award?  You better get to work!  The deadline to enter the annual Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research is April 1st.

The purpose of the award is to encourage students to focus on practical skills and to refine their research skills beyond ordinary proficiency to their personal best.  The award also serves as a means to showcase extraordinary student research.

Two award recipients will be selected.  The first place winner will receive $500.00 and a Certificate of Recognition.  The second place winner will receive  $250.00 and a Certificate of Recognition. Winners will be invited to publish their paper in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Faculty Scholarship Repository and winners are further invited to showcase their writing in the Faculty Scholarship Display case located in the Law Library lobby for public exhibition during the year following receipt of the award.

A panel composed of two Law Librarians and one Legal Writing Instructor will judge submissions based on how well they demonstrate the following:

  • Sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of research materials, including, but not limited to, print resources, electronic search engines and databases, primary and secondary legal resources, interdisciplinary
  • resources, and empirical resources
  • Exceptional innovation in research strategy, including the ability to locate, select, and evaluate research materials with discretion
  • Skillful synthesis of research results into a comprehensive scholarly analysis

To learn more about the award including eligibility, acceptable papers, selection criteria and application procedures, please visit:

Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research

The deadline for submission is April 1, 2015.

And remember, if you need help with your research, don’t forget to Ask a Librarian.

Good Luck!

Practicing Attorney Legal Research Panel TOMORROW

What: Practicing attorney legal research panel.  Lunch from Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop provided.
Who: All interested students are welcome.  Please RSVP if you would like lunch.
Where: College of Law Room 105
When: Tuesday, March 24th, 12:15-1:15pm
Questions? Contact Tara Mospan (tara.mospan@asu.edu)  to RSVP or for more information.

Research panel flyer - 2015

HeinOnline On the Go

Hein app

A new app is available for HeinOnline!  The app allows you to view the database’s image-based PDFs, access content by citation, browse by volume, navigate a volume with the electronic table of contents, and use full advanced searching techniques on an iPhone or iPad.  The app can be downloaded from iTunes. HeinOnline has also created a User’s Guide to maximize your use of the app.

Note on access:  ASU utilizes IP authentication for students, faculty, and staff access to HeinOnline, so in order to IP authenticate using this app, you must be on campus. After you IP authenticate via the app on campus, the authentication will be good for 30 days.  After 30 days you will need to once again authenticate on campus.

Practicing Attorney Research Panel

Join us for a Q&A session with a panel of four practicing attorneys, sponsored by the Women Law Students’ Association, the Ross-Blakley Law Library, and LexisNexis.  The attorneys will discuss strategies for success in summer and post-graduation legal research projects and answer any questions students may have about legal research in practice, including cost considerations. Lunch from Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop will be provided.

Who: All interested students are welcome.  Please RSVP if you would like lunch.

Where: College of Law Room 105

When: Tuesday, March 24th, 12:15-1:15pm

Questions? Contact Tara Mospan (tara.mospan@asu.edu)  to RSVP or for more information.

Research panel info sheet

Spring Break 2015 Hours

Spring Break is just around the corner, and while you all stay home to study or vacation someplace colder (we’re looking at you, Ms. Visiting-family-in-Chicago and Mr. Skiing-in-Utah), the library will be opening a little later and closing a little earlier. Here are our hours for the break:

Friday, March 6:   7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday – Sunday, March 7-8:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Monday – Thursday, March 9-12:   8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Friday – Saturday, March 13-14:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 15:   8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Reference Librarians will be here from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, as usual.