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Workshops in the Library Research Series

Reference librarians are pleased to offer research workshops on various topics throughout the semester. Workshop content will be available here.
URL: https://libguides.law.ucla.edu/libraryresearchseries

Library Research Series

Library Research Series information

Reference librarians are pleased to offer research workshops on various topics throughout the semester. Near the beginning of each semester the schedule of workshops will be posted.

For Fall 2020, remote workshops will be available according to the schedule posted below. The remote workshop experience will include two steps.  

  • Step 1: Each workshop will have a separate tab in this Guide containing the asynchronous materials for the workshop.  Complete these materials and if you have questions move on to Step 2. 
  • Step 2: Join the librarian instructors for the workshop's scheduled office hours via Zoom so that you can engage in Q&A on the workshop material!  

Questions? Please see the MyLaw page for information on how to contact the reference librarian team.

Workshop Step 1: Lessons posted Step 2: Office hours for Q&A (via Zoom)
Researching for Your SAW Paper or Law Journal Comment
with Jodi Kruger & Lynn McClelland
Fri. September 4, 2020 Fri. September 11, 2020, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Please see the MyLaw page for Zoom links
Advanced Searching Techniques
with Rachel Green & Elyse Meyers
Fri. September 11, 2020 Mon. September 14, 2020, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 
Please see the MyLaw page for Zoom links
Beyond the Big Two: Alternative Legal Research Tools
with Rebecca Fordon
Mon. September 14, 2020 Wed. September 23, 2020, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 
Please see the MyLaw page for Zoom links
Learning to Bluebook
with Cheryl Kelly Fischer 
Wed. September 23, 2020 Mon. October 5, 2020, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 
Please see the MyLaw page for Zoom links
1L Research Refresher Before the Graded Problem
with Caitlin Hunter
Wed. October 21, 2020 Mon. October 26, 2020, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 
Please see the MyLaw page for Zoom links

Library Research Series workshop descriptions

Below are descriptions of current and past workshops. For a list of the workshops scheduled this semester, please see the box above.

Fall 2020 Workshops

Researching for Your SAW Paper or Law Journal Comment

Learn methods for researching a seminar or other scholarly research paper. This workshop will assist you in developing and executing a research plan for your paper, including where to research and how to research, with a focus on staying organized throughout the process.

Advanced Searching Techniques

Become a more efficient legal researcher! In this hour long training you will learn how to create effective and efficient searches using various types of connectors, truncation, and wildcards. (If you have no idea what those are, you should definitely come to the session!)

Beyond the Big Two: Alternative Legal Research Tools

This workshop will explore a variety of databases and tools for legal research.

Learning to Bluebook

Do you have a research paper to write this semester? Are you baffled by the Bluebook? Well, you are not alone. Join Cheryl Kelly Fischer for an hour long training covering important points of Bluebook citations and tips for navigating the rules. Make sure you have a copy of the current Bluebook handy as this workshop is hands-on!

1L Research Refresher Before the Graded Problem

Prepare for the research portion of your LRW Graded Memo in this hour long research refresher.  Need to boost confidence in your research skills before your first graded memo assignment is handed out? Refresh your skills in using secondary sources and locating on-point cases in this recap of the research methods already covered in your LRW class. (Note: the graded memo assignment is under wraps, so no graded memo secrets will be spilled!)

Prior Semester Workshops

Action Plans to Start Your Research

How do you begin your first summer/post-grad research assignment? With an Action Plan! Create one with confidence after attending this hour long training. Learn how to create an action plan for your research assignments at work. Know where to start your research and how to know when you're done. When you put your plan into action you can present your research results with confidence

Work Smarter, Not Harder

This workshop will combine professionalism, communication, and efficiency tips applicable to working on research assignments.  Come learn how you can make life easier for yourself and your colleagues by avoiding common pitfalls.