Research Guides @ Westminster Law Library

Students conducting legal research, whether for a class or a work assignment, frequently are asked to research complex problems which may require them to use a new resource or use a known resource in a different way than usual.  While there’s a wealth of information available in print and online (including free resources), if you are not aware of a tool or how to use it to conduct effective research, this can make locating and using the needed information much more challenging.

To help make it easier for students to conduct research, the Westminster Law Library has created research guides on a variety of different subjects.  The library’s research guides easily can be accessed through the links provided on the library homepage or by bookmarking libguides.law.du.edu.

 

Screen shot of Westminster Law Library Main Page highlighting the web links to our research guides page.

 

 

The research guides homepage provides many different ways to search for information related to your specific topic.

 

Screen shot of the research guides homepage highlighting the ability to search guides by subject area.

 

These topic-specific research guides can include links to relevant databases, free sites, and print publications, descriptions of resources, discussions of research strategies, and/or tutorials demonstrating how effectively research using a particular product.

 

Example research guide showing navigation buttons and a sample tutorial.

 

While we try to create research guides relevant to areas of interest to our faculty and students, we may not yet have published one in the particular subject area you need to research.  Since the LibGuides platform is employed by many law schools throughout the country, you can use a search engine to try and locate a guide produced by another institution–just search your topic and “LibGuides.”  Also, if our law library does not have a research guide on the subject and you think it is a topic that is relevant to our law students, please let us know by emailing us at refdesk@law.du.edu.

Welcome New Students! 1L Resources Guide

The Westminster Law Library would like to welcome all the new students who will be joining the Sturm College of Law this year.  We hope that you will enjoy your time here and learn the knowledge and skills you need to succeed academically and professionally.

The library has prepared a resource guide specifically tailored to helping First-Year students hit the ground running.

http://libguides.law.du.edu/1LGuide

It contains a lot of valuable information that should help get you oriented to the library and its resources.

If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to one of our knowledgeable reference librarians or email us at refdesk@law.du.edu

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!