Category Archives: Legal Research

What and How Might a Better Bar Test?: A Brief Look at IAALS’ “Building a Better Bar” Project

With the February bar exam falling last week, it seemed appropriate to spend part of those days reading through the Building a Better Bar project report. In a first-of-its-kind study, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, … 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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Using Microsoft Teams in Legal Research Class

As a law librarian at Penn State Law, I get to teach one section of Legal Research course every fall for the 1Ls. Last year was my first year at my current position and I used Canvas to manage the … Continue reading

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Open to the Public?

As a research and instructional librarian at an academic library, my role is pretty clear: teach the students to competently research the law, help faculty with any research tasks they need help with, and, of course, other duties as assigned.  … Continue reading

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Legal Research Article Summaries

By Clanitra Nejdl As Chair of the RIPS-SIS Research Instruction Committee, it is my pleasure to announce the availability of a new resource for RIPS-SIS members and the AALL community: the “Legal Research Article Summaries” collection. Similar to the legal … Continue reading

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