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Using the Coleman Karesh Online Law Library Catalog. David Lehmann, J.D., M.I.L.S. Electronic Resources & Reference Librarian Coleman Karesh Law Library University of South Carolina School of Law (803) 777-1666 - [email protected]

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Using the coleman karesh online law library catalog

Using the Coleman Karesh

Online Law Library Catalog

  • David Lehmann, J.D., M.I.L.S.

  • Electronic Resources & Reference Librarian

  • Coleman Karesh Law Library

  • University of South Carolina School of Law

  • (803) 777-1666 - [email protected]

  • This presentation utilized several base images and text slides from an earlier version done by Stacy Etheredge.


What you need to know

What You Need to Know

  • How to use the catalog to find resources;

  • How to get to resources once you have found them.


How to find them

How to Find Them

We’ll Focus on Secondary Sources

  • Books and Treatises

  • Journal Articles


How do we find books

How Do We Find Books?

The answer is …

… the Law Library’s online catalog

So where is this online catalog? …

… it all starts with the Law Library’s main webpage …


Using the law school s catalog

Using the Law School’s Catalog

  • Steps:

    1. www.law.sc.edu/library

    2. Click on “Law Library Catalog”

    3. “Columbia Law Library”

    (or “Columbia Campus Libraries”)


Using the coleman karesh online law library catalog

Click On


Library search page

Library Search Page


Using the coleman karesh online law library catalog

Click On


The different methods to search catalog

The Different Methods To Search Catalog

  • Keyword

  • Title

  • Author

  • Subject

  • Advanced Keyword


Using the coleman karesh online law library catalog

Search Types


Keyword searches

Keyword Searches

  • Great for when you are just starting your research

  • Don’t need to use “and” as a connector; the search engine will do it for you

  • Words will be searched across the entire catalog record, but, keep in mind that catalog records are not meant to be a description of the book

    Law Library Catalog


Title searches

Title Searches

  • When you are looking for a specific book and you know the title

  • The most important thing to remember –

    It operates as a “string search”, i.e., what you type in is exactly

    what it looks for!!

    Law Library Catalog


Author searches

Author Searches

  • When you are looking for a specific book and you know the author’s name

  • When you want to see other books written by an author

  • Names need to be entered in a certain order (last name, first name); however, the catalog will usually suggest an alternative

    Law Library Catalog


Subject searches

Subject Searches

  • Best to avoid this unless you’re a licensed library professional

  • Except– it’s great when you “go in through the back door” (i.e., do a “subject search” after you have search results from a previous search)

    Law Library Catalog


Advanced keyword searches

Advanced Keyword Searches

  • More options are available

  • Can do combinations of options

  • The only place where can do “keyword” type searches within the title, author, and subject fields (i.e., are not string searches)

  • Thus, searching is much more powerful

    Law Library Catalog


Important

Important!

Always remember …

the law library catalog does not include individual articles from journals and law reviews

All you can do is check to see if the library has a specific law review


How do we find articles

How Do We Find Articles?

Need to use databases of articles

p.s. print indexes for articles are also in the Law Library,

- Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP)

- Current Law Index (CLI)


Databases of articles on the law library s website

Databases of Articles on the Law Library’s Website

  • LegalTrac (an indexing service)

  • HeinOnline (a full-text service)

    (There are also databases of non-legal articles on the USC Libraries Website – See Legal and Non-legal Database presentation on the library website page)


Where are these databases of articles

Where are These Databases of Articles?


Legaltrac

LegalTrac

Pros

  • Search screen is easy to use

  • Searching is fast

  • Subject classifications available for “back door

    subject searches”

    Cons

  • Usually just citations and sometimes abstracts;

    almost no full-text content in LegalTrac itself (although often links to the articles in other USC Libraries databases)

  • Doesn’t go back very far in coverage (1980)


Finding legaltrac

Finding LegalTrac

  • www.law.sc.edu/library/

  • “Online Resources”

  • “Electronic Indexes”

  • Choose “Law” as a subject

  • “View Sources”

  • “LegalTrac”


Using the coleman karesh online law library catalog

  •  “Electronic Indexes”

  •  Choose “Law” as a subject


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Search Limits


Heinonline

HeinOnline

Pros

  • Over 600 law journals

  • Coverage back to their starting dates

  • Articles are .pdf files (thus, includes official pagination, photos, graphics)

    Cons

  • Searching is a little slow (.pdf files)

  • Navigation is not always intuitive

    (caveat - it keeps getting better and better)


Finding heinonline

Finding HeinOnline

1. Go to www.law.sc.edu/library

2. Click on “Online Research – Limited Access”

3. Click on “HeinOnline”

4. “Subscribers, Please Click Here to Enter”

5. “Law Journal Library”

6. “Search”


Using the coleman karesh online law library catalog

Hein Basic Search Screen


Using the coleman karesh online law library catalog

Hein Advanced Search Screen

Search

Search Tips and Guides


Using the coleman karesh online law library catalog

REMEMBER……

The library’s limited access resources

and electronic index contain many useful databases besides the material available in the online catalog.

See Legal and Non-legal Databases

presentation on the library website page

for many of the other material that are

available to you.


Non library resources

Non-Library Resources

There are specific procedures to follow when:

1. The materials are located in our campus Libraries but not the law library;

2. The materials are not located in our Libraries. [Interlibrary Loan]


Using the coleman karesh online law library catalog

Interlibrary Loan

Requests

  • Forms for requesting Interlibrary Loans are available at the Circulation desk or may be submitted online: [Request an Article] [Request a Book].

  • Law Library website: http://www.law.sc.edu/library/student_services.shtml

  • There are rules on Interlibrary Loan requests. To check the status of an interlibrary loan request, contact Katie Holtz at 777-1726 or [email protected] or Karen Taylor at 777-3367 or [email protected]


The end

The End

Remember to ask the Reference Librarians for help if you need assistance


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