LRC Research Skills Videos are geared towards novice researchers and run approximately 5 minutes in length. Current topics include researching in print for West's Regional Digest System, West's Federal Practice Digest, West's California Digest, USCA & USCS, California Annotated Codes, ALR, AmJur & CJS, and CalJur & Witkin's Summary of California Law. [MF]
The LRC librarians were hard at work all summer on a number of projects, but my favorite summer project was "flipping our classroom." Looking to recent trends in education (most famously embodied in the Khan Academy), we decided flip our legal research class. We recorded lecture material for students to view prior to class, freeing up class time for interactive, practical exercises. It made class time more fun for the students and instructors and gave students a chance to practice their legal research skills while we were there to guide them and answer questions.
LRC reference librarians Anna Russell and Jane Larrington had the honor of presenting our work at two national conferences. In June, we presented “Technology that Counts: Tools that Improve the Quality of Legal Research Instruction” at the 2012 CALI Conference. The presentation chronicles the process of developing the lecture recordings. Video Slides
In July, Anna and Jane again presented the project in the form of a poster session at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries. MiniPoster [JML]
CALI – the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction – provides a wealth of information and handy study aids for law students. Don't be the student who learns about CALI in the 3L year! Be the 1L who takes advantage of CALI from the beginning.
University of San Diego students can access CALI by starting here. And your friendly LRC reference desk is a handy place to look for answers as you begin an exciting new year of law school! [AR]
All of us at the Legal Research Center (LRC) are eager to meet new 1L and LLM students, and we welcome back all returning students! At this week's orientation activities, we will discuss what the LRC has to offer you, but feel free to stop by any time before then to check us out. We provide access to past exams given by your first year professors, commercial outlines, and other study aids. In addition to LEXIS and Westlaw, the LRC subscribes to numerous electronic databases, provides wireless access, and houses a computer lab to meet your computing, printing, and scanning needs. See you all soon!