CLR Registration and Class Location—Classes Start Next Week!

Interested in developing your legal research skills?  The CLR program officially starts next week (Sept. 8)!  We offer numerous courses designed to complement the material you are learning in your Lawyering Process class (or to serve as a legal research refresher).

Haven’t had an opportunity to register yet?  It’s easy!  Just follow the instructions available on our CLR Guide.  Choose whether you are a day or evening student, complete the course registration, select your desired classes, and register for the Coursesites platform (it’s just like Blackboard).  Remember to sign-up for the wait-list if all the current sessions of a particular class are full—we will add more sessions!

CLR classes are held in the Westminster Law Library’s Instructional Room (230F) located right behind the printers on the library’s main floor.

 

Picture showing where the CLR Classroom (Room 230F) is located. The classroom is down the hallway behind the library's second floor printers (first door on the right).

 

When you start to head down the adjacent hallway, the classroom door is located immediately on the right-hand side.

 

Picture of the CLR Classroom (Room 230F).

 

Questions about registration or the CLR program?  Please feel free to contact any of our helpful reference librarians, email the Reference Desk at refdesk@law.du.edu, or stop by and chat with one of us!

New Conflict Resolution Research Guide

October is Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado!

Conflict results from differences in interests and behavior and conflict resolution refers to the means by which conflict is ended. In the legal profession, conflicts are most commonly referred to as “disputes” and conflict resolution is often known as “dispute resolution.” There are quite a number of conflict resolution processes including war, voting, and avoidance (withdrawal from relationship). However, legal professionals are mostly concerned with adjudicative dispute resolution processes (i.e., litigation and arbitration), conciliatory dispute resolution processes (i.e., negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law), and dispute prevention.

In Colorado, Conflict Resolution Month is celebrated every October. And this year is the 10th Anniversary! There have been many events held throughout the month in the state and here at the University of Denver. You can read about these events and find many resources on conflict resolution at
http://conflictresolutionmonth.org/ and at
https://www.portfolio.du.edu/conflictresolutionmonth.

In honor of Conflict Resolution Month, the Westminster Law Library has compiled a resource and information guide on Conflict Resolution and the Law. While there are many conflict resolution processes, including war and voting, this resource guide focuses on the various forms of conflict resolution within the legal realm. You can view the guide at http://libguides.law.du.edu/conflictresolution.

Thank you to our Reference Assistant Katharine Hales for creating this research guide and authoring this blog post!

HeinOnline – Comprehensive Law Review/Journal Resource

Many students stop by the Reference Desk with a single question, “I’m trying to locate this law review/journal article, but I can’t find it on Lexis or Westlaw.”  What many law students don’t realize is that the law review/journal collections on these subscription platforms are not comprehensive—for many publications the article collections date back only to the 1980s-90s.  What are students to do if they cannot find the articles they need on Lexis or Westlaw?  Well the Westminster Law Library subscribes to a great database, known as HeinOnline, which provides access to many hard-to-find, older legal materials.  A highlight of the collection is the Law Journal Library which is the most comprehensive online source for law review and journal articles.  HeinOnline provides scanned PDFs of almost all U.S. law review/journal publications dating back to their first issue.

Students can access HeinOnline through the library’s A-Z Databases list located on the library’s Databases page (left-hand navigation bar).

For articles where the student already has the law review/journal citation, the easiest way to locate the article is via HeinOnline’s Citation Navigator.  Just input the citation and HeinOnline will retrieve the needed article.

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The article can be viewed directly from the HeinOnline interface, but it is easier to read the article if the PDF is downloaded.  To download a PDF, select the Adobe Acrobat symbol located above the document.

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HeinOnline provides the option to download the entire document or a specified page range within an individual document.

Another way to access articles through the HeinOnline interface is by browsing the law review/journal database.  Selecting the Law Journal Library link will take the user to an A-Z listing of all publications in the collection, which includes the years available through HeinOnline.

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Students wanting to search HeinOnline for articles relating to a specific topic, as opposed to a known citation, are advised to try using the University of Denver Main Library’s Summon search engine which searches the actual content for multiple subscription databases.  After running your search, you can use the filters located in the left-hand bar to focus your results on “journal articles” in the area of “law.”

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Need help locating law review/journal articles, how to use HeinOnline, or any other legal research questions?  Stop by the Reference Desk and speak with one of our friendly, experienced law librarians or email us at refdesk@law.du.edu.