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Legal Bibliography

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Syllabus

Updated: May 20, 2014, 3:07 pm

Class Schedule: Fridays 10:30 to 11:20 AM

Grading Policy: Student must satisfactorily complete all legal bibliography assignments, training, and tours to receive a passing grade in this class. The final exam makes up 100% of a student's final grade.

Assignment Policy: Research Exercises can be completed individually or in groups of no more than two mutually consenting students. Each group should turn in one assignment that identifies both parties. All assignments are due before the beginning of the class.

Attendance Policy: Class attendance is mandatory. More than one absence makes you ineligible to sit for the final. You must sign-in to receive credit for attending each week. It is your responsibility to make sure that you sign in. Signing in is the only proof that you attended class.

Please contact me during the first few weeks of the semester to let me know if you will not attend a particular class in observance of religious holidays.

Open Door Policy: My office is located in the Law Library across form the computer lab in room 112A. I encourage students to stop by my office to ask questions about topics covered in class or in the assignments. In my absence, feel free to consult with other librarians at the Law Library. You have also been assigned a personal librarian. I encourage you to reach out to him or her in my absence.

Honor Code: Your conduct in this class shall be governed according to the GSU College of Law Honor Code and the University Code of Conduct. Any alleged violation of these Codes will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Classes:

8/23: Introduction and Cases
Register your Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law research accounts.
Read pages 177-198 in Federal Legal Research.

8/30: Case Finding- Digests
Read pages 198-214 in Federal Legal Research
Assignment Due: Supreme Court Reporters Assignment (A or B), C and D

9/06: Finding Cases Online
Assignment Due: Sloan, Exercise 4.1 (p.53-60)

9/13: Information Literacy
Read Chapters 1 and 2
Assignment Due: Sloan, Exercise 4.2 

9/20: Statutory Research
Read Chapter 5
Assignment Due: Catalog and Boolean Searching 

9/27: Administrative Publications
Read Chapter 7
Assignment Due: Sloan, Exercises 6.1 and 6.2

10/4: Citators
Read Chapter 10 

10/11: Practice Materials

10/18: Onlne Research

10/25: Georgia Materials Review

11/01: Review

11/8: EXAM

Students will need to have a fall 2013 exam ID in order to take the exam. Exam IDs are available from the Registrar and online at the Exam Number Viewer.


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