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1 June 5, :00 PM Room 101 Dean’s Fellow Workshop Pence Law Library

2 Amy Taylor, Access Services Librarian Welcome

3 Amy Taylor, Access Services Librarian Access Services

4 Circulation Interlibrary Loan

5 Circulation Pence Law Library 18 weeks for general collection material My Leagle Network user name/password University Library 6 weeks for general collection material Proxy borrowing form Authorization.pdf Authorization.pdf My Aladin Last name/AU ID or barcode/affiliation Check your accounts

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8 My Leagle

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10 Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Use ILLiad service via Pence Create an account Find material using WorldCat or enter citations manually Include faculty sponsors’ name on every request Borrowing period set by lending library Check your account

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12 WorldCat

13 Using Worldcat for ILL

14 Prefilled ILL form

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16 Library Notices Very important to keep your account clear for registration, graduation, transcripts, etc. If you have questions or problems, touch base with us and we can help.

17 Ripple Weistling Reference Librarian General Library Sources

18 Summer Reference Services Ask a Librarian https://library.wcl.american.edu/ask.cfm reference assistance Instant messaging assistance Summer hours M-F 1:00-5:00

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20 Summer Reference Services Reference desk assistance M-F 1:00-5:00 In person Telephone – Reference librarian office visits Librarian offices, Rms in Reserve Room M-F, business hours Appointments encouraged

21 Appointments with a librarian John Heywood, Foreign and International Librarian, Rm 115 Susan Lewis, Associate Director for Public Services, Rm 114 Bill Ryan, Foreign & International Librarian, Rm 112 Amy Taylor, Access Services Librarian, Rm 105B Ripple Weistling, Reference and Electronic Svcs Librarian, Rm 111

22 Remote access to Pence/AU Library databases Log in from anywhere in the world Pence Law Library databases Use your my.american.edu login/password to access AU Library databases Use your AU ID number to access

23 Pence Law Library website library.wcl.american.edu library.wcl.american.edu Encore or Leagle – Pence Law Library catalog Your starting point for what’s available from the library Research Tools link Your guide to all library research resources Articles indexes and databases Your starting point to find articles (better than Lexis/Westlaw) Information Resources links Databases and websites Topical A-Z

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25 Finding books and other library items Encore or Leagle – Pence Law Library catalog Your roadmap to what’s available from the library, in any format: Physical collection – books, periodicals, microform, DVDs Databases and other electronic resources Bloomberg BNA Library – US Law Week, etc. HeinOnline Arab Law Quarterly Many more Websites

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27 Finding periodical articles Legal articles indexes: Research Tools Page Include LegalTrac, ILPB, Current Index to Legal Periodicals, Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Large collections of journals indexed Good place to do topical article searching Some articles are available in full text; others are citations If full text isn’t available, then HeinOnline or LexisNexis/Westlaw LexisNexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline Great for finding articles with known citations Not so good for topical article searching Smaller collections of journals indexed

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29 Finding databases and websites We have a large collection of legal databases and websites on a variety of topics Access them from Information resources by topic link (library.wcl.american.edu/resources/topics.cfm) Information resources by topic Information resources, A-Z link (library.wcl.american.edu/resources/resources.cfm) Information resources, A-Z

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32 Databases You Need to Know About ProQuest Congressional - the definitive source for legislative history research ProQuest Congressional Bloomberg BNA Library – a large collection of databases on a range of legal topics Bloomberg BNA Library Bloomberg Law – Legal, business, and news database; a good source for docket information Bloomberg Law (for access, go to bloomberglaw.com/activate and sign up using your WCL )bloomberglaw.com/activate U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, an excellent source for historical Supreme Court research U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, Social Science Research Network - articles and working papers from law and other social science disciplines Social Science Research Network

33 Non-Legal Resources - AU Main Library

34 Non-Legal Resources AU main library has an extensive collections of non-legal databases in arts, business, international studies, social science, etc. You have access to all main library resources (see slide on remote access, above) Search Databases or Find Journals Find Journals (by title) when you have a citation Search Databases when you’re doing topical research Databases are organized alphabetically and by discipline

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36 Select the appropriate journal

37 Search Databases

38 John Heywood Foreign and International Law Librarian International & Foreign Law Sources

39 Definitions Municipal Law – A nation-state’s domestic law Foreign Law – A foreign nation-state’s domestic law Comparative Law – The study and comparison of the domestic law of 2 or more nation-states International Law – The law governing the inter-relations of nation-states

40 Foreign & Comparative Law This is not as easy as you think it will be Each of the 192 or so nation-states in the world has a distinct and complex legal system that, just like ours, requires years of study to master Most countries neither legislate nor adjudicate in English The first place to start is the Foreign Law Guide, available on our A to Z list

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48 International Law 3 sources of international law: Treaties Custom General Principles of Law The last 2 would take us until sometime tomorrow to discuss how to find….come see Bill or me Treaty finding can also be daunting, but we have a few tips that will help you 75% of the time For the remaining 25%, come see Bill or me

49 General International Law Info The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, from our A to Z list Janis & the nutshell are both excellent Research Guides from the American Society of International Law, NYU, LLRX, etc. My own online IL list is useful (it links through the WCL proxy server): ResearchOnline.php ResearchOnline.php

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54 Finding Treaties US Treaties If the US is a party, it is US domestic law, and fairly easy to find HeinOnline has a Treaties & Agreements Library with almost everything you need The most current US treaties & agreements are on either the State Department or Trade Rep’s websites Treaties not yet consented to are on Thomas Lexis/Nexis & Westlaw are useful, especially if you want to see how US courts have interpreted a treaty

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59 Non-US Treaties May be much more difficult to find A UNTS or LNTS cite makes life easier A treaty between 2 foreign countries, especially if neither have English as an official language, and also especially if they are developing nations, can be a real challenge Come find Bill or me

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68 John Heywood Foreign and International Law Librarian Zotero & EndNote

69 Reference Management Software Tools to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources There are many competing products We will talk about the two most popular: Zotero & EndNote

70 Free open-source software (both free as in beer and free as in speech) Developed by scholars for scholars Organizes all of your sources: bibliographic info, notes, pdfs, websites, etc.

71 One-click source collecting Automatically senses what type of source you are storing Grabs database search results from library catalogs, LegalTrac, amazon, Google Scholar, etc. Will not import from Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw

72 Lets you tag your sources and notes Integrates with Word, LibreOffice, & GoogleDocs so you can insert sources into footnotes in whatever style you choose different styles, including the Bluebook, Chicago, & Oxford

73 Syncs with zotero.org so your info is available on the web or on multiple machines Work with your data on any web browser anywhere…just login to your free zotero.org account (300 Mb free, $20/year for 2 Gb)

74 You can share your research Easy backup of all your work Easy to generate a bibliography Mobile apps for iOS & Android which you can use while offline or on

75 2 versions: One that lives inside Firefox as an extension One that is standalone with plugins for Firefox, Safari, & Chrome (IE works as well, but it is very clunky) Both versions work with Windows, Mac, & Linux

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91 Proprietary software owned by Thomson Reuters, the folks who own WestLaw Will not import from Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw Works well with most other databases

92 Very similar in function to Zotero A standalone app with plugins for Word and IE Has a web app called EndNote Web which allows collaboration Works in Windows or Mac

93 Has styles, including the Bluebook, Chicago, & Oxford Has a mobile web app, but you must be connected to the web while using it No user-defined tags

94 Retails for $299.95, but you can download it from AU for free while you are a student Go to: myau.american.com

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98 Which to choose? They are both very useful Zotero is always free, and your data is in an open format EndNote is free while you are a student, and your data is in a proprietary format Most folks I know despise Endnote, but your mileage may vary

99 Amy Taylor Access Services Librarian, Pence Law Library Research Strategies & Useful Print Materials

100 B EGINNING Y OUR R ESEARCH

101 Get organized! Create a research log, whether in paper, on a spreadsheet or in a word-processing document. You will need to keep track of the sources you consult and use for your paper in order to provide complete citations and full bibliographic information of every source you cite or use generally. Be thorough!

102 Source Gathering If you need a source that is not available at the Pence Law Library, you can obtain it through interlibrary loan. Be sure to leave enough time to obtain your source through ILL – it may take as long as 2 weeks to get your material. Additional information on interlibrary loan is posted at

103 Your Research Strategy Depends on what you know The less you know the more you need secondary sources Legal pubs are either chronological, by subject or both ALWAYS update your research (Keycite/Shepardize) and generally pay attention to the dates of what you are using

104 Evaluate websites Rely on authoritative and unbiased sites Know your search engines and how they work NEVER use (or admit to using ) Wikipedia Keep a record of the sites you visit and preserve their URL’s Use Google Scholar – an amazing resource but it’s complicated Use more than one search engine NEVER rely exclusively on the Internet (or Lexis and Westlaw)…

105 More Legal research sources derived from the print - “human ordering” (key numbers, indexes, citators). Your skills are derived from the online world – you need to bridge that divide to do the BEST research Let someone else do the initial and basic work for you (and I don’t mean the office paralegal!)

106 Update Your Research! Always be sure to use the most current information available. Use Shepards and Keycite to insure that the cases you use are still good law, and consult the most recent version of applicable statutes and regulations to determine if they are still in force and have not been amended.ShepardsKeycite

107 Keeping your Research Updated LexisNexis Shepard’s Updates Google Alerts Westlaw Alerts

108 C ONCLUDING YOUR R ESEARCH

109 Ask yourself the following: Did you answer the question you originally started with? Have you checked and updated all the sources you used and cited? Are you seeing the same sources every time you attempt to do further research. If you do you are probably finished, especially if your deadline is approaching.

110 More questions? or Still looking for a source? Consult an expert reference librarian. Come to the Reference Desk in the library or us at If it takes you longer than 10 minutes to find something you are better off asking the experts – your

111 Please do not forget to fill out your evaluation forms Thank You, Pence Law Library


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