Author Archives: Paul Gatz

About Paul Gatz

Paul Gatz is a reference librarian and adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

What Time Does the Library Close? Avoiding an Answer

by Paul Gatz Hours for the current semester are posted on the website and on signs located throughout the library. Special hours for breaks and holidays will be noted. Fifteen minutes before close, a circulation worker will walk through the … Continue reading

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2nd Time Around: Teaching Legal Research Again

by Paul Gatz This past week I taught the last class of my Advanced Legal Research course, completing my second time teaching the course, and my mind turned, as it occasionally does, to a set of papers I found in … Continue reading

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Can Legal Research Be Taught? Part 3: Pushing Ourselves Further

by Paul Gatz My previous blog posts in this series have focused on the role relevance determination plays in both the practice and the teaching of legal research. The first post pointed to the puzzle of how students can be … Continue reading

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Legal Research and the Virtues*

by Paul Gatz Legal research is often characterized as a skill. For instance, the AALL Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency repeatedly refers to legal research skills, and Standards 303 and 302 of the ABA Standards for Approval of … Continue reading

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How to Be a Law Librarian

Law librarianship is truly whatever you wish to make of it. Continue reading

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The Use and Abuse of Social Media in the Post-Truth Era

by Paul Gatz Nearly a year ago, I wrote a post on this blog urging librarians to take information literacy outside the walls of the library and into the world of social media, where misinformation and outright falsehoods – which … Continue reading

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Can Legal Research Be Taught? Part 2: Varieties of Relevance

by Paul Gatz In a previous post on this blog, I raised a question that many legal research instructors have perhaps wondered to themselves, in brief, silent moments of doubt and despair: can legal research actually be taught? This question … Continue reading

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