Category Archives: Legal Research Instruction

On the Value of Student Conferences

by Beau Steenken Earlier this week I emerged from the annual occurrence that my wife refers to as “three weeks of hell every winter,” namely grading and student conferencing. I’ve posted before about how grading is not my favorite aspect … Continue reading

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On the Value of Teaching the Chemical Structure of Water

by Paul Gatz The American writer David Foster Wallace began his 2005 commencement address to the students of Kenyon College (published in 2009 as This Is Water) with a parable: There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to … Continue reading

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Bridging the Political Gap (or yawning chasm) in the Classroom

by Beau Steenken At the beginning of the semester last fall, I wrote about the increased difficulty of teaching in politically turbulent times. This may be somewhat of an understatement, but the level of division in our society has not … Continue reading

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Marketing the Library Catalog as a Useful Tool

by Erik Adams When I’m not doing research instruction or providing patron services, I maintain my library’s web pages on our intranet and write software. Recently I have been updating our library catalog, which has forced me to think about … Continue reading

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Teaching During Transition

by Ashley Ahlbrand With a new administration poised to take the helm this month, we can expect many changes in the federal government in the coming months. This can make teaching legal research, especially any lectures focused on government documents, … Continue reading

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Third Time’s the Charm

by Tig Wartluft Previously I’ve written about the process of creating a legal research course and the changes we made to that course after we taught it for the first time. Now that the semester has come to an end, … Continue reading

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Reference Librarians, Institutional Memory, & Bluebook Common Law

by Beau Steenken A significant portion of the reference work my colleagues and I do involves assisting students on our two journals, the Kentucky Law Journal and the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law. While some of the work we … Continue reading

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