1Ls: Appellate Brief Help for Word’s Table of Authorities

This week and next, our two tech librarians Emily Barney and Debbie Ginsberg are visiting our legal writing classes to offer hands-on workshops to help 1Ls with formatting their appellate brief assignments.

In this post I’ll share two tools and tips you can use take to make Microsoft Word work for you without needing to go back and fix or reorganize your Table of Authorities because of bad default settings or missed details.

Find video guides, handouts, sample files & more in the Word for Law School guide

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ABA TECHSHOW 2019 – February 28-March 2

ABA TECHSHOW 2019 LogoAre you looking for a quick way to get up to speed on the latest legal technology?  ABA hosts an annual Techshow in Chicago that provides one of the best opportunities for students to engage with emerging legal technologies hands on.  The Techshow runs from February 28-March 2 at Hyatt Regency Chicago.  The conference will feature dozens of one-hour sessions on all kinds of legal technologies – from practical tips for using Microsoft Office, to digital security, to favorite websites and mobile apps.

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Creating Flashcards with Quizlet

Want to make sure you retain what you learn? One of the most effective strategies is to create your own study materials. This is true when studying for exams and as you go through your readings for class. 

While outlines are great for understanding relationships and big-picture concepts, you also need to make sure you’ve got a good foundation in your subject as well.  Flashcards can help with that. Lots of people like pen-and-notecard flashcards, but you can easily create flashcards online, too.

Quizlet is a tool for creating flashcards online that you can use to test your knowledge with a variety of tools.  These tools include quizzes, sample tests, and even games. Continue reading

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Take back your time with iOS settings

iPhone users: have you taken advantage of all the time-saving features built into your phone’s settings? If you’re a long-time user, you may have missed a few of these newer options that came with more recent updates.

Do Not Disturb

In 2017, Apple introduced its “Do Not Disturb” feature that silences notifications when you are driving.  With 2018’s update, iOS 12, they added this same function for “bedtime”, too. If you use your phone as an alarm clock, but would otherwise like your phone to be quiet when you sleep, give this new feature a try.   Continue reading

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Free Screening of RBG Documentary

On November 27, Chicago-Kent Society of Women in Law and the Chicago-Kent Law Library are hosting a free screening of RBG: the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Documentary. See schedule details and ticket links below. Continue reading

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Visual Literacy and Fake News

We’ve all heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Have you ever taken a moment to ask why? If pictures affect us differently than text, how can we use the power of pictures to enhance our communication? On the other hand, how can we make sure we aren’t being manipulated? Continue reading

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Chicago-Kent at 2018 AALL National Conference

This year, three of our librarians travelled to Baltimore, MD to attend the annual meeting and conference for the American Association of Law Libraries on July 14 – July 17, where they helped organize conference sessions, evaluated research tools, and more.

At the conference, Professor Lori Andrews was honored with the “2018 AALL Spectrum Article of the Year” award. Continue reading

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How can HeinOnline help me with my legal research?

HeinOnline is a database that contains searchable, full-text PDFs of over 2,500 legal journal titles, the Congressional Record, state historical statutes, Restatements, and many other legal research resources.

Here is a link to HeinOnline.

You can also access it by going to Chicago-Kent College of Law Library’s homepage and following these steps:

  • In the pale gray box in the center of the page, go to the third drop-down menu, labeled “Top Resources.” (Please see the yellow arrow in the photo below for the location.)

  • Click on the arrow to the right of the words, “Top Resources,” to open the drop-down menu.
  • Select HeinOnline.
  • This will take you to HeinOnline. When off-campus, you will log in using your myIIT username and password. This is the only way to access HeinOnline off-campus.

Tip: When off-campus, if you type www.heinonline.org into your web browser, you will not be asked to log in using your myIIT username and password and will not have access to HeinOnline’s resources.

Once logged in, you will see the following home screen:

You can browse Hein’s databases either by category or by name. You can also search all of the databases simultaneously, or select a specific database within which to search.

Clicking on the small, round “i” next to each database’s name will give you information about its contents.

With what aspects of legal research can HeinOnline assist you? Here are some examples of the great resources that HeinOnline has to offer law students:

  • Cite-checking via the Law Journal Library and other databases
  • Research for seminar papers via the Law Journal Library
  • Preparation for moot court competitions, such as via the Philip C. Jessup Library of International Law
  • Keeping up with current events, such as via the History of Supreme Court Nominations database (1977 – present) and the Women and the Law (Peggy) database
  • Class preparation such as via the U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library and the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure

Happy researching! If you have any questions about using HeinOnline, please contact the Chicago-Kent Law Library’s Reference Team.

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News you can use – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education Logo Spring 2018

The Chronicle of Higher Education is one of the best sources for the latest higher education news and information, as well as academic career information. We offer online access to past and current issues, through the IIT main campus library.

Personalized Email News

You can read Chronicle articles from anywhere on campus.  If you’d like, you can also sign up for the Chronicle’s email newsletters.  These include:

  • The Academy Today – morning headlines
  • Afternoon Update – the latest headlines delivered each afternoon
  • Weekly Briefing – a summary of each week’s news, delivered on Fridays
  • Breaking News Extra – alerts
  • Re:Learning – A weekly newsletter about the latest educational information
  • Graduate Students-  a weekly newsletter with news and advice for graduate students
  • Teaching – insights and new classroom techniques

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CALI Conference 2018 (Updated with Video!)

Chicago-Kent librarians will be traveling to speak at the 2018 annual CALI conference this week in Washington DC. Follow along online via twitter at the #CALIcon18 hashtag if you want to join the conversation remotely!

Debbie and Emily will be co-presenting a talk titled “60 Tips in 60 Minutes for Law School Techies: The CALI Edition” on Friday at 2:30pm EDT (1:30pm CDT)

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