The C|M|Law Library is pleased to offer special services for journal editors, associates, and staff members. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about these services, contact Amy Burchfield, Head of Research Services (; 216-687-6880).
- Research Assistance
- Research, Database Training & Sub-Citing Sessions
- Cite Checking & Writing Resources
- Cite Checking Article Copy & Preview Services
- Reserve Shelves
- Special Borrowing Privileges
- Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
- Assistance with Contacting Other Libraries
- Assistance with Programming
Don't let a cite checking project overwhelm you - Research Services Librarians are here to help! Also, when writing your note, you can meet one-one-one with a Librarian to discuss resources and strategies. Here are all the ways you can get research help:
- Come to the Research Services desk - here are our hours.
- Email us at - we will reply asap during Research Services hours.
- Call us at 216-687-6877 - if you need to leave a message, we will reply asap during Research Service hours.
- From the Law Library home page, click on our Chat with a Librarian icon, during Research Services hours.
- Schedule a one-on-one Research Consultation.
In addition to providing individual research assistance, Law Librarians conduct group research, database training, and sub-citing sessions for journal editors, associates, and staff members. These sessions sharpen research skills and help students make more efficient use of their time while on a journal. Topics include administrative law research, legislative history research, health law research, interdisciplinary research (eg, social sciences research), LexisNexis/Westlaw refreshers, and a variety of library tips and techniques. To set up a session, contact Laura Ray (; 216-687-6885).
Some key guides to help you:
- Citation Checking Guide
- Finding Articles in Law Reviews and Journals
- Scholarly Writing Resource Guide
- Administrative Law Guide
- Health Law Research Guide
- International Law guide
For a complete listing of the over 100 research guides the Law Library provides, see this alphabetical list
Copy of articles to be part of a journal's cite checking process/event should be provided to the Law Library to help students with their cite checking assignments, as well as initiate our Cite Checking Preview (CCP) service.
By having a full copy of an article available, students doing cite checking assignments are able to refer to sections of that article that may not have been given to them, thereby providing potential clues for their assignments. Electronic copy of cite checking process/event articles should be sent to Jon Elias ().
The Law Library's CCP service streamlines the cite checking process by identifying items for which it may be difficult to obtain hard copy, allowing student cite checkers to concentrate on the form and substance of citations. Our CCP service identifies CSU campus resources for items, suggests online alternatives to print resources, helps to identify sources that may have to be gathered by interlibrary loan or be difficult to obtain without the author's help, as well as recommends visits to other libraries for selected resources. At least three weeks prior to the start of a student cite checking process/event, journal editors should send electronic copy of articles for the CCP service to
The Information Services department provides C|M|Law journals shelf space for materials obtained from the Law Library, CSU Michael Schwartz Library, OhioLINK, and Interlibrary Loan. These shelves help keep materials for cite checking centrally located, so all editors and staff members have easy access to needed resources.
Journal shelves are located in the Reserve area behind the Information Services Desk. Journal members are welcome to come back and peruse materials on their journal shelf at any time. Materials from the journal shelves can also be checked out to individuals for a brief circulation period but must remain in the law library.
For more information on journal Reserve shelves, contact Jon Elias (216-687-2483;
Journal editors, associates, and staff are eligible for special borrowing privileges with the Law Library. These privileges allow one to check out materials through the law library, Michael Schwartz library, and Ohio Link institutions. Each Journal has their own library account to request materials throungh Scholar and Ohio Link. Current journal members can obtain this account information by contacting the information services desk (216-687-2250) or Jon Elias (216-687-2483;
Journal editors, associates, and staff can use photocopiers in the Law Library Reserve area for photocopying journal sources. Ask for the appropriate Journal photocopier account number at the Information Services desk. If you have questions, contact Jon Elias (216-687-2483;
The Law Library participates in interlibrary loan networks which help us to locate and obtain materials - including books and journal articles - for cite checking. When the Library has identified the existence of items through OhioLINK or in local collections, journal students are asked to borrow or use materials directly from those sources. If not available locally or through OhioLINK, the Law Library will attempt to obtain needed materials from the closest or most inexpensive sources. Interlibrary loan borrowing or photocopy fees are not be charged to journal students. ILL requests usually take a week or more to fill, so please plan accordingly.
To make an ILL request, use the online form below or stop by the Information Services Desk.
Interlibrary Loan Request Form
If you have questions about Interlibrary Loan, contact Tom Hurray (216) 687-2250;).
Law Librarians can contact other libraries across the country on your behalf. We can assist with locating materials, verifying citations, tracking down references, negotiating borrowing privileges, and more. Don’t hesitate to ask us to contact another library for you during the cite checking or note writing process.
Law Librarians are available to assist journal editors with a variety of programming needs. Our research skills and academic networks can be of particular assistance with the identification of topics and potential speakers. We can also help facilitate program technology such as videoconferencing. As you may know, programs can take a great deal of time to organize, and planning at least a semester ahead is well advised. For assistance, contact Laura Ray, Instruction & Outreach Librarian (216-687-6880; ().
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