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Thursday, April 21 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
How to Show and Tell a Legal Research Story: Searching Nolo and Fastcase

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As of September 2015, the State of Oregon Law Library (SOLL) is providing statewide access (accessible via any browser anywhere in Oregon) to two vital legal research databases: Fastcase allows users to search cases, statutes, and regulations for both state and federal courts within the US 9th Circuit (Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) which can support or contradict a researcher's legal argument; Ebsco's Legal Information Reference Center contains Nolo self-help legal information books and a nationwide database of sample legal forms on such topics as landlord/tenant law, estate planning issues, and family law matters. In this session, get an overview of what these free resources have to offer, how to navigate them, and learn why and when to direct patrons to each (and, conversely, when to refer patrons to a law librarian!). Taught by experienced public and academic law librarians, attendees will gain the skills necessary to confidently utilize and recommend these unique SOLL-hosted databases.


Megan Austin

Law Instruction Librarian John A. Jaqua Law Library, University of Oregon
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Cathryn Bowie

State Law Librarian, Oregon Judicial Department
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Sue Ludington

Law Librarian, Lane County Law Library
Sue Ludington (Chair, OLA Legal Reference Round Table and 2019 OLA-WLA Conference Co-Chair) recently accepted the Lane County (OR) Law Librarian position, and moved to Eugene in March 2018. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Law Librarian at the Washington County (OR) Law Library... Read More →

Lewis Zimmerman

Reference Librarian, State of Oregon Law Library
After graduating from University of Illinois' College of Law Lewis practiced law as a prosecutor in Illinois for five years. He then went back to U of I and obtained a Masters degree in Library Science. In 2014 he joined the State of Oregon Law Library as a reference librarian.


Thursday April 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Sisters, Room C