The Library has created some helpful guides for those of you writing your ALWR. You may click on the following links, or go to our Research Guides page.
CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) is a non-profit consortium of law schools that researches and develops computer-mediated legal instruction. There are nearly 1,000 lessons available in over 40 legal topics. The lessons are available in their website. The School Authorization Code you will need to create a CALI account is located on SharePoint.
As part of our license, we can now provide our students, staff, and faculty with WordPerfect for personal use. WordPerfect is a word processor and competitor of Microsoft Word. (Many lawyers prefer WordPerfect). The WordPerfect disk can be checked out from the Circulation Desk. Florida Coastal takes no responsibility for the installing or support of the WordPerfect software on your personal computers.
Looking for a Study Aid? Try searching through Encore, the library's catalog. Simply type "study aids" (include the quotation marks!) in the search box. This will display all the materials that have "study aid" in the subject or title. You can then use the left column to limit your search to certain subjects. Or, you can be more specific in your original search, eg., "study aids" contracts.
Use our new Guides to Study Aids to determine which study aid is the right one for you. The guides indicate what is available for each topic, such as contracts or evidence. 1L students, use the Guide for 1L classes here. The Guide for 2L and 3L classes is here. The Guides also indicate what kind of help each study aid offers - whether they contain practice exam questions, charts, topic summaries, etc. If you have questions, ask at the Reference Desk.
In response to student demand, we are now using online sign-up for workshops and trainings. Click the "Online Sign-up for Workshops and Trainings" link to find the Workshop and Training Schedules, and the links to sign up. Create a Coastal Connect account and sign up from home, or anywhere you have an internet connection.
The LTC is has a Catalog Search Interface—Encore. The enhanced interface allows for simplified searching and the ability to search articles from multiple database at the same time. Please see this here on the Encore features. More tutorials will follow in the weeks to come, as needed. If you have any questions or problems using the new catalog, please contact a reference librarian at reference librarian.
The Library and Technology Center has remodeled to help us serve you better. We have listened to students who want more study space, less noise, and more conveniently located vending machines for the Library. Our new first floor has added 10 study rooms and 52 study carrels to what was already available. Our new Library entrance has added a separate room for copying and printing, as well as new vending machines. We have installed glass walls to cut down on noise. A map of our 1st floor remodel is here (New 1st Floor LTC Map). A map of our 3rd floor remodel is here (New 3rd Floor LTC Map). Let us know what you think!
Knowledge Bar Reference Service
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11:30am-1:30pm at the 4th floor Knowledge Bar.
The Library staff will provide instructional research workshops throughout the semester. Generally lasting 30-50 minutes, these sessions cover a number of topics. The schedule is posted at the Reference Desk. There is a sign-up notebook at the Reference Desk. Space is limited for most sessions. Prior sign-up is highly recommended.
Please do not place flyers around the library. There is a bulletin board available for students to post flyers located towards the front of the library, just beyond the public computer terminals. Any flyers placed around the library unsolicited will be removed immediately.
Our Reference Librarians have created Research Workshop webcasts to assist you with your electronic legal research. Each webcast has a form to complete and turn into any professor requesting that you watch them. If you have trouble printing the form, we have extras at the Reference Desk.
Some webcasts are in PowerPoint. You must run the slideshow to hear the audio. We created other webcasts using a program called Camtasia. If you do not see video with these, please download the software indicated on the bottom of the screen. Why did we use different programs? So we could use the one you all like the best in the future. So let us know whether you preferred the PowerPoint webcasts or the other webcasts. You can use our Ask A Librarian email form, or stop by the Reference Desk and tell us.
The Library supports the right to privacy of our users. The Library is intended to be a secure and safe place to study and freely exchange ideas. Therefore the library staff is unable to disclose the location of any patron unless that patron has authorized the staff in writing to do so. It is also not within the duties of the staff to track down patrons of the library for another person. There is a notebook available at the Circulation Desk that allows patrons to leave messages to one another regarding their location. The Library will not disclose material that a person has borrowed. Nor will the library disclose the person who has borrowed certain material.
There a hotline phone on the 1st floor of the Library. It is located by the copier. Simply pick up the receiver and push the button next to the displayed word "Hotline." The phone will automatically call the Reference Desk. Please use a quiet voice and let us know that you are calling from the 1st floor (the quiet zone). Please use the hotline when you need directional assistance, help using a resource, and even if you have a problem with the atmosphere on the 1st floor. Please note the Reference Desk hours.
Graduating seniors should check their library records to make certain they have returned all library materials and settled any library fines. To view your library record, click on the My Library Record link in the Library Catalog. Enter your name and the bar code number from your student ID, and click submit. This will take you to a screen that will list any fines and library materials currently checked out to you.