Category Archives: Legal Research Instruction

Navigating COVID-19 and a Possible Campus Closure as a Reference Librarian

New COVID-19 cases are popping up across the U.S. bringing inevitable changes to the usual work environment. In particular, several school campuses have already cancelled in-person classes or at least instituted international travel restriction. In the face of potential disruption … Continue reading

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Drafting a Take Home Final with Impact

Last week I gave out my take home final for my Case Law Legal Research Class.  Much to the students’ initial chagrin, it’s 14 pages, but I give them two weeks to complete it and it covers things we have … Continue reading

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Better in Print? Guiding Students to Books in the Digital Age

Lately, I’ve been wondering if there are certain legal sources that are better in print than online. I am, admittedly, part of a generation of law graduates and students that hardly ever open a book to conduct legal research. By … Continue reading

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Is this Tool Making Law School too Easy?

I recently had a conversation with a very happy 1L at the reference desk.  I asked him how he was liking his first year of law school and said I hoped it wasn’t too stressful.  He smiled and said he … Continue reading

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Beyond the Reference Desk

A formative experience for me in library school was working the reference desk with the librarians at the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington. I watched in wonder as the librarians each listened to their respective patrons, and … Continue reading

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