Library Advice: Reference Basics

Do you need help . . . finding a case? Setting up a research plan for a comment, memo, or brief? How about tracking down study materials for your exams? Reference librarians are here to help you with all that and more!

John Marshall’s reference librarians staff the reference desk on the 6th floor from 10:00 to 7:00 during the week and from 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturdays barring holiday weekends. When the desk is staffed, you can walk up, chat with us using the widget on the library homepage, or give us a call at 312-427-2737 ext. 729.

Even when we’re not at the desk, you can reach all of the reference librarians at library@jmls.edu and one of our six reference librarians will respond to your question.If you need extended assistance, feel free to set up a one-on-one reference appointment using the same email address.

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 8/24

Another week, another collection of legal news and miscellany for your reading pleasure:

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Do You Have Suggestions for Us?

Suggestion Box

We always want to do what we can to make sure your experience at the library is as pleasant and hassle-free as possible. To that end, the library has an online suggestion box that you can use to let us know what we can do, big or small, to improve your time in the library.

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New York Times Online Available to JMLS Community

The JMLS library has joined a consortium of law libraries to provide access to the New York Times online. Access is now available to current students as well as full time faculty and staff.

For more information, visit the reference desk during normal reference hours in person on the 6th floor, by phone at 312-427-2737 x729, by e-mail at library@jmls.edu, by text at 312-854-2752, or via chat from the library homepage.

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Join us for a library open house this Wednesday!

This Wednesday, the library will hold an open house from 2:30 to 4:30 on the 6th floor. It will be an opportunity for you to get to know library staff and the services we provide, tour the entire library space (including the mysterious seventh floor), peruse the library book sale, and pick up some snacks while you’re at it.

This will be an valuable opportunity for anyone who wants to get acquainted with the library, especially 1Ls. If you have any questions, please contact Philip Johnson at pjohnso@jmls.edu.

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 8/17

Classes have started for the fall semester, so of course it’s time to take a break and check out some legal news and items of interest from the past week:

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 8/10

Happy orientation! Here’s some legal news and miscellany to distract you from the impending beginning of the semester:

  • Some big decisions came down from the 5th (voting rights) and 4th (obtaining cell phone records) Circuits (ABA Journal, Volokh/WaPo)
  • The Seventh Circuit lost track of a case on remand from the Supreme Court for five years (WSJ Law Blog)
  • The attorney who went undercover to expose corrupt Chicago judges 35 years ago has written a fascinating sounding book (Fox 32)
  • George W. Bush was summoned for jury duty but ultimately wasn’t chosen (ABC)
  • A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard in Cleveland. The results were unsurprising (ATL Redline)
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 8/3

News this week is of the more trifling variety, which I’ll call fitting for the beginning of the end of the summer:

  • Chicago is considering rules that would regulate drone use, including registration and insurance requirements (ABA Journal)
  • It turns out that “Happy Birthday to You” may be in the public domain, a fact discovered all thanks to a dedicated law librarian (Above the Law)
  • Here’s a nice breakdown of the legal questions involved in Deflategate (Stradley Law)
  • A judge has dismissed the request of a conspiracy theorist to release photos of Kurt Cobain’s death scene (Seattle Times)
  • And finally, the TSA has a new enemy: Morrissey (Lowering the Bar)
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Using Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg this Summer

If you’re a current student and need access to the major research services this summer, here’s a breakdown of how you can use them:

  • Westlaw Next – You may extend your access through the summer by following the procedure here. If you do not complete that procedure your access to Westlaw will automatically be reduced to just two hours per month for the rest of the summer. As you’ll see, you may only use Westlaw through the summer for certain academic purposes, including law journal work and certain non-profit jobs.
  • Lexis Advance – You may continue to log in and use Lexis Advance for any purpose, including work, throughout the summer.
  • Bloomberg Law – You may continue to access Bloomberg Law for any purpose, including work, throughout the summer

If you have any questions on this matter, please contact pjohnso@jmls.edu.

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 7/27

Detours and Frolics is back after a summer respite! Here’s your legal news and miscellany for the week:

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