Friday, March 10, 2006

21st Century Library Workshops

The 21st Century Library will hold a series of workshops the week of March 13th in the lower level computer lab. Attend all or just the workshops that interest you. These 50 minute workshops will demonstrate how to extend your legal research skills in specific subject areas. The following workshops are offered.

Monday: March 13th: 12:10 PM: Health Law Research Online: An Introduction

This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of researching health law online. Participants will learn how to find the major federal statutes and regulations pertinent to health law, to research federal health agencies, and to find such relevant secondary sources as medical journal articles, medical dictionaries, and newsletters.

Monday: March 13th: 5:10 PM: Congress Surfing in the 21st Century

No, those terms are not mutually exclusive - if you need Congressional documents, the Web is one of the best places to go. So, if you are struggling to find documents for source gathering, need to do some legislative history research, or just want to see where some of your tax dollars are going.

Wednesday: March 15th: 12:10 PM: Litigation Resources via Lexis & Westlaw

Lexis and Westlaw offer vast resources for all phases of litigation. Learn what these services have to offer, and how to efficiently make use of them. Topics will include accessing briefs, injury valuation, jury instructions, locating and evaluating expert witnesses, obtaining information regarding opposing counsel, locating forms and checklists. Attendance is guaranteed to save you time in the future!

Wednesday: March 15th: 1:10 PM: History Research Online

Online history research?? Not how to dig through old, dusty books and use tricky microfiche? Of course not! For research papers, citation checking, and uncovering the historical background of legal issues in class or at work, many finding tools and full-text materials for historical research are online and easy to use. This workshop will show you where to begin and how to find reliable and authoritative online sources. We'll focus on a basic research strategy that you can apply to any history or legal history topic.

Hope to see many of you! If would like us to give a workshop on any topic, please let us know. Stop by the reference desk or drop a comment in the Suggestion Box.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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