Author Archives: Becka Rich

Puzzles, Games, and Destressing the Law Students

At Nova, there is a tradition that goes back long before I started working here of providing jigsaw puzzles to the law students. There’s always one at the circulation desk and one at the reference desk and often a third … Continue reading

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A Region in Crisis: Researching Middle Eastern Law

Research in the Middle East With the ongoing events in the Middle East and the Ka Nefer Nefer case going on, we’ve received several questions on how to locate Middle Eastern law.  I thought that perhaps some of you might … Continue reading

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I’m Just a Bill…

I have a confession to make.  I am the child of two political science Ph.Ds, both of whom have, in the past, taught courses on political science and bureaucracy.  I went to high school in a state that at the … Continue reading

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Reflections on WestlawNext from a few months in

We chose to turn WestlawNext on for faculty and staff in September and for our students in January.  I’ve been teaching the WestlawNext workshops and talking about it in class, as well as using it frequently myself so that I … Continue reading

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Citators Unite: A Brief Analysis of Google Scholar and Fastcase’s Citators vs. Westlaw and Lexis

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks doing a lot of guest teaching, particularly in our legal skills classes. The beginning of the semester should probably come with a warning label for new librarians–Caution: even with careful planning, you may … Continue reading

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How Much Do They Spend on Their Mission?: A Guide to Non-profit Financials Research

This past month part of my job has consisted of heavy duty research into non-profit financials for a faculty member.  At this time of year, with people donating money to various non-profits and charities, and given that many of you … Continue reading

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A Competence Ladder Odyssey

For my entire adult life, I’ve lived in cities where cars would have been more of a hindrance than a help, so, I’d never owned a motor vehicle.  But, this past month, I landed my first librarian job in (as … Continue reading

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