The Library offers in-person training sessions covering various topics. These are recordings of those training sessions. Sessions from before fall 2009 include audio only, while later sessions include audio and video. For some recordings you will have to increase the volume to hear the presenter.
- The Law’s Response to Reproductive Technology (1h 10m). Originally presented on October 4, 2010. Handout (PDF)
- Bioethics Research and Resources (47m). Originally presented on October 4, 2010. Handout (PDF)
- Paper Writing (52m). Originally recorded on September 30, 2010.
- Child Family and the State (1h 22m). Originally presented on September 20, 2010. Handout (PDF)
- Research Assistants Training (1h 34m). Originally presented on September 20, 2010 (audio only — iTunes must be installed). The 2009 version, including both audio and screen shots, is available here: Part 1, Part 2.
- Lexis/Westlaw Intro (1h 17m). Originally presented on September 14, 2010. Westlaw handout (PDF), Lexis handout (PDF), “cheat sheet” (PDF)
- Federal Tax Policy Research (1h 22m). Originally presented on September 13, 2010. Handout (PDF)
Top 10 Research Skills Workshops
- Putting It All Together, March 19, 2009.
- Location, Location, Location: Where to Find Cases, Statutes and Regulations, March 18, 2009.
- Where Do I Start? Getting Background With Secondary Sources, March 17, 2009.
- Civics 101: What Every New Lawyer Should Know, But Doesn’t. Please start at 24:15 into the podcast. March 16, 2009.
- Cost-Efficient Research and other Law Practice Survival Tips. **Presented by Aurelia Sanchez, Reference Librarian, Rivkin Radler LLP and Jim Murphy, Research training consultant. Due to technological issues this podcast was cut off in the middle. Apologies for the missing material. March 12, 2009.
- International Legal Research: Getting Started. Where to start? How to start? International legal research is vast — it’s a big world — and can be confusing. Come discover some basic resources, strategies and tips to guide you on your international research adventure. [October 2008]
- Environmental Law Research Workshop. Working on an environmental law project or paper this year? Thinking of a career in environmental law? Attend the Law Library’s 21st-Century Workshop on Environmental Law Research to get an overview of environmental law research and to get some familiarity with the major sources of information used by attorneys who practice environmental law. There is also an associated PowerPoint slideshow that goes with this presentation.[October 2008]
- Research for Paper Writing Workshop. Writing a paper? Need to find a topic? Need to figure out where to start? Having trouble finding non-legal resources? If you answer yes to any of these questions, or you just want to get some advanced research skills, listen to the Law Library’s 21st-Century Workshop on Research for Paper Writing. [September 2008]
- From Top 10 Research Skills: What Employers Really Want New Attorneys to Know — Cost-Efficient Research and Other Law Practice Survival Tips. Workshop with guests Kathy Greco (Librarian/CLE Coordinator, Rivkin Radler LLP) and Jim Murphy (Reference and Continuing Education Librarian, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP) on March 12, 2008.
Get the real-world perspective from two law firm librarians on how to save time and money when doing research. You will get great tips on how to begin your research and how to avoid common pitfalls as a new attorney.
- From Top 10 Research Skills: What Employers Really Want New Attorneys to Know — Strategic Searching. Workshop by Patricia Kasting on March 11, 2008.
Legal research is a cycle and there are questions one should ask at each step for effective and efficient research. This is an overview of the cycle, questions to ask and ties it all together as a process.
- From Top 10 Research Skills: What Employers Really Want New Attorneys to Know — Smart Searching. Workshop by David Dames on March 10, 2008.
This session is about saving yourself time by (a) knowing where to search — using the Internet to complement Westlaw and Lexis and other databases — and (b) searching efficiently once you are there. Tricks for cheaper searching are also mentioned. (The workshops begins 8 minutes into the audio file).
- From Top 10 Research Skills: What Employers Really Want New Attorneys to Know — Getting Background on Your Topic. Workshop by Toni Aiello on March 4, 2008.
“Getting Background on Your Topic” shows you how to begin research as a real-world attorney or summer associate when you are clueless about the general topic. Learn what to ask, how to find and use the key treatises and other basic sources in the field, and how to get background information efficiently, without wasting your employer’s time and money.
- Top 10 Research Skills: What Employers Really Want New Attorneys to Know — TWEN course. In addition to these podcasts, you will find the handouts and class notes from each of the six workshops on TWEN. Add the Top 10 Research Skills course to your course list.