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A2O: Demystifying the Law Library: A2O: Demystifying the Law Library

Barry Law Library

A2O Presentation

The Law Library extends a warm welcome to all new Barry law students! Each summer, some of the librarians participate in the A2O program with a presentation called Demystifying the Law Library. During that session we briefly demonstrate some Law Library services that will come in handy during your next few years at Barry. These tools can be great resources to help make your life easier and make you research smarter, so be sure to take advantage of them while you are here at Barry.  Please ask the Law Librarians for assistance and more information. 

Westlaw is a premier online legal research system, where lawyers and legal scholars can find a great deal of the information they need for the study and practice of law.

LexisNexis is one of the major online legal research databases, providing lawyers and legal scholars with a vast array of cases, statutes, secondary sources like legal treatises, and a huge selection of news articles, all in an easily-searchable format. All this, and they offer free printing on campus!

BloombergLaw is a newer legal content platform with a focus on transactional law resources, forms, treatises, legal and business news, federal court dockets, and other practitioner materials.

ProQuest Congressional What were they thinking? Discover what Congress was thinking and the kinds of information they considered when considering new legislation. This service includes CRS Reports, studies that can be extremely useful when examining policy.

Fastcase is a legal research database that provides access to primary law from all jurisdictions in the United States through innovative search algorithms. The Florida Bar provides access to Fastcase as part of their bar membership benefits.

HeinOnline is a resource that provides law review articles from the widest range of legal journal publications. Searching is easy, and documents are scanned directly off the printed page, so they can be downloaded as PDF files.

Intelliconnect is a research system geared toward practitioners in several legal areas such as taxation, securities, and environmental law. Most topics are those that involve a fair degree of federal regulation. 

United States Law Week serves as a weekly primer on everything interesting and important happening in the legal realm. Supreme Court updates, hot and controversial topics, legal news, and circuit splits are among the highlights. This will be a great resource for selecting and narrowing down topics for class papers and articles.

ProQuest US Newsstream is a great place to find newspaper and magazine articles of all sorts. This service is provided by Barry’s main library.

Academic OneFile provides access to scholarly articles from a wide variety of academic disciplines. It can help you add a multidisciplinary angle to your papers.

Florida Bar Journal and Florida Bar News provide informative, practice-oriented articles, legal news, and editorials about the legal industry and community in Florida. They are useful for following what’s going on in our profession.

Audio Case Files lets you stream or download mp3 files of case opinions that correspond to those in your casebooks. A huge boon for auditory learners, commuters who spend time in traffic, and those who spend time exercising, it should help a great deal to listen to the cases you’ll be responsible for learning in class. Just make sure you still read them, too.