Library Research Classes

Each semester the Mendik Library’s Reference Staff offers a variety of research classes that focus on the practical skills you’ll need in order to do research for class or in practice.

The next set of sessions will begin in the Fall semester.

Recent offerings include:

Agency Law: Rules, Regulations & More

Not all law is made in Congress. Focusing on the C.F.R. and the Federal Register, learn the basics of researching Federal Agency rules and regulations. (50 minutes)

Anatomy of a Lawsuit: What Happens Next?

Your client has a problem and friendly negotiation has failed. You need to be able to explain the various legal proceedings and steps involved in filing suit and taking it through trial and appeal. Can you? (50 minutes)

The Bluebook in Legal Practice

Uncomfortable with the Bluebook? Faced with writing a legal memorandum or other practice-related document? Come to one of these sessions focusing on this vital practice tool. (30 minutes)

Jurisdiction & Authority

You’ve found a case exactly on point and cite-checked it to make sure it’s still good law. In your memo to the court you tell the judge she is required to follow the holding in your case and are feeling pretty confident until the partner reviewing your work says “since when is a New Jersey trial court decision mandatory authority in New York?”

If you don’t know how to determine if a case is mandatory or merely persuasive authority in any given jurisdiction, you might want to sign up for this class. (50 minutes)

Note Taking for Legal Research

Addressing the importance of note-taking from the moment of receiving a research assignment through reporting back the findings, this workshop is full of valuable tips and techniques. (40 minutes)

Power Googling

Don’t just use the tip of the Google iceberg! Learn wild cards, phrases and connectors. Set up automatic Alerts. Check out Google Scholar and Google Books. (40 min.)

Reliable Free Online Sources of Legal Information 

When cost isn’t an issue, Lexis and Westlaw are great.  What do you do when told cost is an issue?  Come to this session and learn about FDsys, THOMAS and other, reliable, free online sources of legal information that will help you both at school and in practice. (50 minutes)

Starting a Federal Legal Research Project

How is the federal court system structured? How do the Federal Register and the C.F.R. interact? Know the differences between the U.S.C., the U.S.C.A. and the U.S.C.S.? Learn about the major sources used in Federal legal research. (50 minutes).

Starting a NY Legal Research Project

What is the NYCRR? Know the difference between McKinney’s and the C.L.S.? Get a quick overview of the major sources for researching New York legal questions. (50 minutes)

Statutory Research

You are given an assignment and are told the answer is most likely to be found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now what do you do? Go to this class! (50 minutes)

Using KeyCite & Shepard’s To Update Your Research

You’ve found the perfect case – how do you know it’s still good law? What else can a citator do for you? Come to this class and find out. (40 minutes)

One on One Research Appointments can be scheduled at any time of the year.

If you have a specific research question or problem that can’t be dealt with adequately within the framework of a scheduled class, or, if you would like to spend some time (10 or 15 minutes) talking with a Reference Librarian about any aspect of Legal Research, contact

Michael McCarthy
Head of Reference Services & Professor of Legal Research
Mendik Library, L202.1