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M.S. in Education program, Summer 2014
Shepard Broad Law Library & Technology Center
(based on work from Alison Rosenberg)
Reference Desk (research help, passwords)
Circulation Desk (library hours, borrowing materials, interlibrary loan)
Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library
Selected Topic Selection Web Sites
Google News: http://news.google.com/
Westlaw Next, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law (News): e.g., on Westlaw Next, BrowseAll Content tabNews
Blogs: e.g., Law Professor Blog Network: www.lawprofessorblogs.com
BNA: Go to http://www.nsulaw.nova.edu/library/, select “BNA” under “Popular Resources”, and scroll to “Health Care”
Newspapers: Go to http://www.nova.edu/library/main/databases.html, select “Students, Faculty, and Staff, scroll to “Browse by material type”, and select “Newspapers”
SSRN (Social Science Research Network, working papers and forthcoming papers in areas of specialized research): http://ssrn.com/
Natural Language Search v. Boolean Search
Natural Language Search: duty to warn patient dangerous
Boolean Search; (go to advanced): (dangerous /s patient) & “duty to warn”
Note: When searching in an online database, make sure the proper jurisdiction is selected and remember to use a citator, e.g., KeyCite or Shepard’s.
Law Library’s Website: www.nsulaw.nova.edu
Shepard Broad Law Library’s Collection
NovaCat (to search for library materials): www.novacat.nova.edu
NovaCat Search Example:
(keyword search) “palliative care”
Identify titles of interest in your search results
Click on a relevant title, e.g., http://novacat.nova.edu:80/record=b2293885~S13; look for LC Subject Heading/s
Click on relevant LC Subject Heading, e.g., “palliative treatment”
Next to “palliative treatment”, you will see the number of entries on that subject, e.g., 75, which indicates that 75 titles in the library’s collection are about palliative treatment. If you click on “palliative treatment,” you can view the list of titles, which are all on your topic of interest.
Go to: www.novacat.nova.edu
Click on “Electronic Resources”
In the “Electronic Resources” menu, you will find a link for both Databases and Journal Finder
To access databases provided by the NSU libraries, select “Databases” from the menu under “Electronic Resources” on NovaCat.
Click on “Students, Faculty, and Staff”
Browse databases alphabetically, by subject (e.g., law, education) or by material type (e.g., newspapers, statistical sources).
Journal Finder has two primary uses for researchers: (1) to check whether you have access to an electronic journal through the NSU libraries; or (2) to locate the full text of an article when you have a citation.
Select “Journal Finder” from the menu under “Electronic Resources” on NovaCat.
Search for titles using the search box and search options.
*If you use Google Scholar on campus (when connected to the NSU network), you will see links to full text articles available to NSU students through the library. If you are not on campus, these links will not appear. So, if you run a search on Google Scholar, but the full text of the article is not available, you can use “Journal Finder” to see whether you can access the article through a database.
Example: Google Scholar Search for Articles
Step 1: Go to http://www.novacat.nova.edu/
Step 2: Go to “Electronic Resources” and select “Journal Finder”
Step 3: Enter the name of the journal in the search box, i.e., “Milbank Quarterly”, and click “Search”
Step 4: Identify a database that includes 1995, which is the year the article was published, e.g., JSTOR
Step 5: Click on the appropriate database and use the information in your citation to find the article, i.e., author, date, title, volume, issue, etc.
Note: You can set up a Google Alert to receive current information on your topic. After you run a search using Google, look for the “Create alert” notification at the bottom of your search page and provide the necessary information.
Topic Search Tools:
Go to “News” and “Secondary Sources” and look at Law Reviews & Journals, Legal Newspapers & Newsletters. From the “Secondary Sources” link, you can also look at Westlaw Bulletins & Topical Highlights, which discuss recent developments in a variety of legal areas.
Customer Support: 1-800-45-LEXIS (53947)
Register for an account (using your NSU email address; no activation code required): http://bloomberglaw.com/activate
24/7 Help Desk: 1-888-560-BLAW (2529)
Suggested Resource: On Bloomberg Law, there is a “Health Practice Center”
You should pay special attention to source evaluation when you are researching on the Internet. For some general information about selecting and evaluating online sources, see:
Understanding and mastering The bluebook : a guide for students and practitioners / Linda J. Barris
OWL Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
Fajans, Elizabeth & Mary R. Falk. Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes and Law Review Competition Papers. St. Paul, MN: West, 2011.
Volokh, Eugene. Academic legal writing : law review articles, student notes, seminar papers, and getting on law review. New York: Foundation Press, 2007.
Strunk and White. The Elements of Style. New York, NY [u.a.] : Longman, 2012.
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Library
Education Law: http://nova.campusguides.com/edlaw
University of San Francisco, DorraineZief Law LibraryFinding a Topic for Your Law School Paper or Law Review Comment/Note: http://legalresearch.usfca.edu/FindingATopic
To find other law library guides on your topic, run a search using Google for “education law” and “library guide”.
Mary Paige Smith