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A2O: Demystifying the Law Library: Databases and Other Resources

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.

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!

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.

Bloomberg Law 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.

  (AKA Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) includes interactive lessons and tutorials for all the subjects you'll study and classes you'll take in law school.  Some professors assign CALI lessons as homework, but it is wise to drill through the questions as part of your regular study habits, since you get instant feedback on what you got right or wrong, which explanations for everything.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Barry Law Library Reference Librarians
Main Phone: 321.206.5700
Schedule a Personal Research Consultation with us!

Glen-Peter Ahlers, MLS, JD
Interim Associate Dean of Information Services
Professor of Law

Whitney Curtis, MA, JD
Associate Director and Head of Public Services
Associate Professor of Law Library

Diana Botluk, MS, JD
Reference Librarian
Associate Professor of Law Library

Louis Rosen, MA, JD
Reference Librarian
Associate Professor of Law Library

Jason Murray, MSLS, JD
Reference Librarian
Associate Professor of Law Library

Rachel Parks, MLIS
Head of Technical Services

Stephanie Bertone, MLIS
Electronic Resources Librarian

Access Services Librarian and Circulation Supervisor