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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 services, providing lawyers and legal scholars with a vast array of cases, statutes, secondary sources like legal treatises, and a huge selection of news resources, 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.  Content includes primary and secondary authority, practice-ready resources, and other research resources, including news and journals.

Bloomberg Law is a legal research system with a focus on transactional law resources, forms, treatises, legal and business news, federal court dockets, and other practitioner materials.  Bloomberg Law provides access to United States Law Week, which provides the latest news and most important cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and federal couts.

CALI
  (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) includes interactive lessons and tutorials for all the subjects you'll study in law school, with questions to quiz you and provide immediate feedbak on what you have learned.  Some professors assign CALI lessons as homework!  

Fastcase is a legal research service that provides access to primary law from all jurisdictions in the United States. The Florida Bar provides access to Fastcase as part of its bar membership benefits.

HeinOnline is a research service that provides a vast library of historical law sources, as well as a huge collection of articles from law reviews and journals.  Look here for older journal articles or titles you can't get through Lexis or Westlaw.

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, pulling news from over a thousand newspapers and magazines. 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.

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.


Online Study Aids Supplement your class preparation or prepare for finals using these online collections of some of the most popular study aids.  All students have unlimited access and can create their own accounts to annotate and highlight within each digital book.

Contact Our Reference Librarians

Barry Law Library Reference Librarians
LawReferenceLibrarians@barry.edu
Main Phone: 321.206.5700
Schedule a Personal Research Consultation (PERC):
http://barry.libsurveys.com/perc


Whitney Curtis, MLS, JD
Associate Director and Head of Public Services
Associate Professor of Law Library
wcurtis@barry.edu
321.206.5703

 Diana Botluk, MS, JD
Reference Librarian
Associate Professor of Law Library
dbotluk@barry.edu
321.206.5727

Jason Murray, MSLS, JD
Reference Librarian
Associate Professor of Law Library
jwmurray@barry.edu
321.206.5725

Louis Rosen, MLS, JD
Reference Librarian
Associate Professor of Law Library
lrosen@barry.edu
321.206.5729