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Instruction & Classroom Support

The Law Library staff offers the following resources and services to support the teaching activities of the faculty and staff. 

Instruction

We can help you, your research assistants and your students learn how to use a library database, navigate a variety of resources on a specific topic, provide a tour of the Law Library, or assist with individual instruction for research on a topic. To schedule an individual consultation or a classroom instructional session and/or library tour, contact Jenny Zook or complete our Request Instruction or Tour form.

Subject Guides

To assist your students in their research, we can create a guide to recommended resources specifically matched to the topic of your course.  These guides may be used in conjunction with a classroom instructional session or as stand alone guides.  Request a guide or browse our existing subject guides.

Course Reserves

The Law Library offers both print and electronic course reserves.  You may supply the item to place on reserve or request that we purchase the item.  To place an item on course reserve, please complete Course Reserve Request form.  Electronic reserve items are only available to the students enrolled in your course.

Course Pages

If you have been thinking about starting a course page for a summer school session or the fall semester, consider using Moodle.  With this easy-to-use, course management system you can quickly craft a website to serve as a virtual classroom for your students.

Best of all, the Law School IT staff and the Law Library Circulation Librarians are your in-house Moodle experts, offering training, trouble-shooting and on-site assistance as you develop your course page.  To get started, contact Karen Koethe at 890-2611 or Mary Jo Koranda at 262-2213.

Faculty and staff may also use TWEN via Westlaw and LexisNexis Web Course Pages.  For assistance, please contact our Westlaw representative, Matt Singewald or LexisNexis representative, Carolyn Bach.

Exam Archive

To help students prepare for exams, the Law School maintains an electronic archive of past exams. Instructors may choose whether or not they wish to have their exam placed in the archive. Exams are not loaded into the archive until after all the grades for all courses are are processed and completed. For more information, contact Jane Ford Bennett

Video Collection

The Law Library has a large collection of law-related feature films and documentaries which faculty and staff can show in class.  Videos are available at the Circulation Desk.

Photocopy Card

Contact us to request a debitcard for course and research-related copying.  Available to law school faculty and staff only. 

Plagiarism Detection

The Law Library staff has prepared a list of tips on how to detect and confirm plagiarism.

LexisNexis has a plagiarism-checking service called SafeAssign available through their course web page platform.  To use SafeAssign, you must receive a copy of the paper electronically (it won't work to scan a paper copy).  Then you upload the paper and it will run a check and compile a report for you. 

Note that SafeAssign shouldn't be relied on too heavily.  It may flag some things that are properly cited and may miss other things, such as books and articles not available electronically.  But it can be a good, quick starting point.

If you would like to use SafeAssign, you have a couple of options.  You can set up a LexisNexis course page for your course (or use an existing one) and have students upload papers themselves.  You can set it so that all uploaded papers are automatically checked.  For assistance with this, contact our LexisNexis representative, Liz Zona.

Or, the library staff can run a check for you if you send us an electronic copy of the paper.  To do so, contact Jenny Zook

The library staff may also be able to do a manual check of a paper if you wish, although this takes more time.

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