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Academic Law Librarians Share Unique Student Services

by Nicole Downing The ALL-SIS Student Services Committee hosted a series of online discussions on topics related to student services throughout the month of April 2018. We received a lot of excellent responses filled with a wide variety of activities … Continue reading

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How Does Online Access to Court Records in Your State Compare?

by Nicole Downing One of the most common reasons public patrons call our reference desk is to ask about online access to North Carolina state court records. When we explain access in North Carolina, we receive one of two reactions: … Continue reading

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A Sci-Fi Nerd’s Fear of AI in the Library

by Nicole Downing I’m a big science fiction fan. I like books, movies, and television shows set in a future where people are exploring space, battling aliens, and using advanced technology in every-day life. This means I am very familiar … Continue reading

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Librarians Belong at Ice Cream Socials Too

by Nicole Downing Working in a law school library, I interact with students all the time. They ask questions at the reference desk, schedule research appointments, and beg me to print a case brief when their technology backfires moments before … Continue reading

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Researching a Rumor: An Exercise for Students in Proving a Negative

by Nicole Downing I was having dinner with some friends from law school, when one of them complained about how a local restaurant charged for refills. She was furious about it! We live in the South – you should be … Continue reading

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Revamping a Dry Class Topic

by Nicole Downing I guest lectured in a fellow librarian’s Advanced Legal Research (ALR) course last semester while he was at a conference. My topic for the class was “Finding People and Companies.” I put together my lesson with the … Continue reading

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Students Always Find the Wikipedia Shortcuts

by Nicole Downing It was that time of year in Advanced Legal Research for a discussion of legislative history. During the lecture portion of the class, I devoted a good amount of time to a step-by-step process for locating a … Continue reading

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