Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library, Charleston School of Law, Resources for Attorneys

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Print and electronic resources available in the library to the local practicing bench & bar. Off campus access to a free Internet Legal Research portal created by law librarians.

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Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library, Charleston School of Law, Resources for Attorneys

  1. 1. Charleston School of Law Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library Library Resources, June 28, 2013
  2. 2. Library Contact Information  Circulation Desk  843.377.1119  Reference Desk  843.377.4020  Email Circulation Desk  circdesk@charlestonlaw.edu  Email Reference Desk  reference@charlestonlaw.edu  Library Web Page  http://www.charlestonlaw.edu/Library.aspx
  3. 3. Library Resources Available  Library resources available include:  Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library Free Internet Legal Resources Portal  Lexis Patron Access Terminals  Print Materials
  4. 4. Internet Portal
  5. 5. How do I get there?  Start with the homepage of the Charleston School of Law.  Select the library tab and click on it.  At the next screen, select start your research here.  Select Free Internet Legal Resources Portal.  Begin searching!
  6. 6. Getting Started…
  7. 7. Follow the breadcrumbs!
  8. 8. What’s in the portal?  Librarians have vetted the resources in the portal so we would describe the sites contained as:  reputable;  with accurate, authentic and objective content;  that is current; and  that is updated frequently.
  9. 9. Categories  Bar Associations  Business Information  Charleston & Charleston County  City and County Codes  Federal Government Information Resources  Find an Attorney  International Law  Law Reviews  Law Schools  Legal Dictionaries  Legal History
  10. 10. Categories (con’t)  Legal News  Legal Research  Legal Research Portals  Libraries  Litigation Resources  Newspapers  Patents  Reference  Scholarly Resources  Search Engines  South Carolina Legal Research
  11. 11. Categories (con’t)  Specialty Practice Topics  State Legal Research  Statistics  United States Military Law  United States Supreme Court
  12. 12. Business Information
  13. 13. Federal Government Information Resources
  14. 14. International Law
  15. 15. South Carolina Legal Research
  16. 16. United States Supreme Court
  17. 17. Lexis Patron Access Terminals  There are three terminals; two are upstairs while one is downstairs.  Check with a librarian at the Reference Desk or the Circulation Manager to obtain the password to log on.  Once logged onto the computer, select and click on the round Lexis icon.  Before accessing the content, you will be prompted to enter your name and agree to the terms and conditions, i.e. a click through, shrink wrap agreement.
  18. 18. Lexis Patron Access Terminal
  19. 19. Choices
  20. 20. Federal Legal: Cases, Statutes, Regulations & Briefs
  21. 21. States: All 50 Cases, Statutes, & Regulations
  22. 22. South Carolina
  23. 23. Secondary Legal: Martindale Hubbell & Law Reviews
  24. 24. Search by Practice Area Rather than Jurisdiction
  25. 25. Besides Keyword Searching, How Can I Search? Use Get a Document.
  26. 26. Searching by Keyword  I want to find an opinion published by the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. It involves a public school, a student, social media, the school’s punishment of the student’s off campus speech, and the student’s free speech rights that the school allegedly violated.  What do I do?  Decide which database/library/jurisdiction to use. It is given here. 4th Circuit.  Formulate the issue. Whether a public school can regulate a student’s off campus digital speech without violating the First Amendment?  Develop search terms and a search query: “public school” & regulate & student & “off campus” & speech & “First Amendment.”
  27. 27. Can I Update? Yes with Shepard’s
  28. 28. Limit by Jurisdiction: Reduces Results
  29. 29. Print Materials  The library has a hybrid collection of print and electronic materials. For a list of major titles, check out the Major Title Locator.  Frequently used print materials include:  Am. Jur. 2d Aisle 13A-13B  Am. Jur. Pleading & Practice Aisle 13B  American Law Reports (ALR) Aisles 14B–15A  Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Aisle 5A-5B  CJS Aisle 13A  Decennial & General Digest Aisle 16A-17A  Law Reviews Aisles 34B-37A  Moore’s Federal Practice Aisle 49A  Powell on Real Property Aisle 45B  South Carolina Code of Laws Aisles 39B-40A, 52A  South Carolina Digest Aisle 39B, 53B  South Carolina Register Aisle 38A  South Carolina Reports Aisles 38B-39A  South Carolina Session Laws Aisle 40A  Acts & Joint Resolutions
  30. 30. Print Materials (con’t)  South Carolina Treatises Aisle 41A-B  United States Code Aisle 4A  United States Code Annotated (West) Aisle 4A-4B  United States Code Service (Lexis) Aisle 4B  United States Reports Aisle 5B-6A  Weinstein’s Federal Evidence Aisle 49B  West’s Supreme Court Reporter Aisle 5B  Words & Phrases Aisle 15B  Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice Aisle 49A
  31. 31. Not on the list?  Check out the library’s catalog to determine whether the library has the item.  You can the search the catalog by author, title or keyword.  You can also limit the search by format, i.e. book, computer file, audio visual.
  32. 32. Questions?  Call (843.377.4020) or email (reference@charlestonlaw.edu) the Reference Desk.  We’re glad to help!

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