Top 10 Takeaways from 1L Library Training

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  1. 1. Ask a librarian. Ask a student representative for help. Schedule a training with a vendor representative. Live online chat/call for help 24 hours a day. Use the dedicated phones in the training lab.
  2. 2. Unofficial: Includes additional editorial content Official: Must be cited for court documents The TEXT of the cases in both versions are identical.
  3. 3. So are indexes and TOCs! Indexes translate a question into a citation. TOC allows you to browse if you have a general topic in mind.
  4. 4. 1. Some states designate these as their official reporter. 2. If it has a region in the reporter name it is a state reporter not a federal one.
  5. 5. Headnotes in West publications Appear at the beginning of each opinion Help identify the issue(s) Include Key Numbers West Key Numbers represent specific legal concepts. Topic Number - representing specific legal concepts. Lexis Uses similar organization under the Browse Topics function.
  6. 6. Mandatory / Persuasive Authority Chart at
  7. 7. Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law all have certification programs. So does the library! For more information, check out our Prepare for Practice program at http://lawguides.rwu.ed u/prepareforpractice
  8. 8. Call us at (401) 254-4547 Email us at Stop by the reference desk Chat with us at AskaLibrarian