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residential institute

Residential Institute

M.S. in Education program, Summer 2014

Becka Rich

Shepard Broad Law Library & Technology Center

(954) 262-6237

(based on work from Alison Rosenberg)

shepard broad law library technology center

Shepard Broad Law Library & Technology Center

Reference Desk (research help, passwords)

(954) 262-6201

Circulation Desk (library hours, borrowing materials, interlibrary loan)

(954) 262-6202

stay organized throughout the research and writing process

Stay Organized Throughout the Research and Writing Process

  • Keep a research log with notes and citations
  • Use organizational tools on Westlaw Next, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law, e.g., folders
select a topic narrow your topic and recognize when to consider a new topic

Select a Topic, Narrow Your Topic, and Recognize When to Consider a New Topic

Preemption Checking

Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library

Selected Topic Selection Web Sites

Google News:

Westlaw Next, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law (News): e.g., on Westlaw Next, BrowseAll Content tabNews

Blogs: e.g., Law Professor Blog Network:

BNA: Go to, select “BNA” under “Popular Resources”, and scroll to “Health Care”

Newspapers: Go to, 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):

generate effective search terms use advanced search options

Generate Effective Search Terms & Use Advanced Search Options

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.

resources and services at the law library technology center

Resources and Services at the Law Library & Technology Center

Law Library’s Website:

Shepard Broad Law Library’s Collection

NovaCat (to search for library materials):

NovaCat Search Example:

(keyword search) “palliative care”

Identify titles of interest in your search results

Click on a relevant title, e.g.,; 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.

electronic resources databases journal finder

Electronic Resources:Databases & Journal Finder

Go to:

Click on “Electronic Resources”

In the “Electronic Resources” menu, you will find a link for both Databases and Journal Finder

electronic resources databases

Electronic Resources:Databases

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).

electronic resources journal finder

Electronic Resources:Journal Finder

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.

google scholar

Google Scholar

*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

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.

westlaw next

Westlaw Next

1-800-WESTLAW (937-8529)

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.

lexis advance

Lexis Advance

Customer Support: 1-800-45-LEXIS (53947)

bloomberg law http www bloomberglaw com

Bloomberg Law

Register for an account (using your NSU email address; no activation code required):

24/7 Help Desk: 1-888-560-BLAW (2529)

Suggested Resource: On Bloomberg Law, there is a “Health Practice Center”

source selection evaluation

Source Selection & Evaluation

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:

citations style and proofreading

Citations, Style, and Proofreading

The Bluebook:

Understanding and mastering The bluebook : a guide for students and practitioners / Linda J. Barris

OWL Online Writing Lab, Purdue University

resources books

Resources: Books

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.


resources library guides

Resources:Library Guides

Library Guides

Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Library

Education Law:

University of San Francisco, DorraineZief Law LibraryFinding a Topic for Your Law School Paper or Law Review Comment/Note:

To find other law library guides on your topic, run a search using Google for “education law” and “library guide”.



Rob Beharriell

(954) 262-6224

Carolyn Brown

Becka Rich

(954) 262-6237

Alison Rosenberg

(954) 262-6215

Mitchell Silverman

(954) 262-6223

Mary Paige Smith

(954) 262-6213

Eric Young

(954) 262-6211

Reference Desk

(954) 262-6201

Circulation Desk

(954) 262-6202