OCU Law Library’s first Cool Tools Cafe

Inspired by CS-SIS’s annual meeting program, this month as a part of our Legal Research Certificate program, the law libraryput on our own Cool Tools Café for OCU Law students.  It was fun to prepare and present theseinstructional sessions. Each of our reference librarians chose 2-3 of their favorite research or task management tools and offered demonstrations on each tool. Students enjoyed the presentation and a few suggested that we offer it earlier in the year so thatthey could put some of these tools to use well before finals began. Below is a brief explanation of just a few of the tools highlighted during the session. I hope we make this a yearly offering, rotating new tools each year.

Internet Archive Wayback Machine – Lee Peoples discussed the WayBack Machine and how it has been used in trademark litigation.

LibGuides – Last year the OCU Law Library began converting our research guides to LibGuides. Darla Jackson demonstrated how to access the LibGuides and how to use them as a starting point for research.

RedLaser – RedLaser is an app that allows you to scan a book’s bar code and find it in the WorldCat catalog and local bookstores. This is a great tool for students to locate treatises, casebooks, and study guides.

WorkFlowy – Katie Brown showed students how this list making and organizational tool could be utilized for creating class notes and outlines.

Zotero – Katie Brown discussed  how to use Zotero to organize research and citations for seminar papers, law review notes, and briefs.

Dropbox – I showed students how they could use Dropbox across multiple devises and share folders as a tool for storing and sharing outlines and class notes. In conjunction, I also  showed students Microsoft Quick Office, which allows students to open and edit most Microsoft product documents on their Ipads.

FastCase App for the Iphone and Ipad – This is an outstanding tool for locating state and federal primary law freely from your Iphone or Ipad. The Oklahoma Bar Association provides FastCase access to Oklahoma Bar members, so we incorporate FastCase into many of our trainings.

ZoomIt – Timothy Gatton demonstrated the photo inspection tool ZoomIt. This is a great tool for zooming in on high-resolution photos and finding details that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Jing – Jing is a tool we use often in the library to create web-based tutorials for our patrons. Timothy Gatton walked through creating a Jing video and suggested ways it could be used to explain things to clients and other attorneys in a firm environment.

What are some of your favorite tools that you would like to share with students?

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