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Announcements, news and legal research tips & tools from USF's Dorraine Zief Law Library

Updated: 2017-11-20T16:04:04-08:00


Law Library Reading and Exam Period Access Restrictions


The law school reading and exam period begins on November 30, continuing through December 16. During our reading and exam period, we restrict access to the law library to help ensure that law students have adequate space for exam preparation....

Tutorial on using PowerNotes for Legal Research Projects


PowerNotes has a short 5-minute YouTube tutorial on using PowerNotes.

Eliminating Distractions While You Study


We are now a month away from reading period, which means students start putting in some serious studying hours. But if you're distracted by text messages and social media, you're not making the most of your study time. A colleague...

Zief Library Closure Notice: Closed October 13 through October 15


Zief Library will be closed from October 13 to October 15. As of today, we plan to reopen at our usual time on October 16. University leadership announced on October 12 that all classes and events at USF are canceled...

Subject Listing of Law Library of Congress Research Guides


The Law Library of Congress blog, In Custodia Legis, has been operating for seven years (congratulations!). This post contains a helpful A-Z subject listing of all of the research guides published since In Custodia Legis began posting. Check out all...

Using PowerNotes to Keep Research Organized


Organizing legal research can be challenging, particularly when you're gathering sources from web pages, Lexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline, and a host of other legal research sources. PowerNotes is a new online research tool designed to make legal research and document drafting...

Welcome First-Year Students! Some Key Info on the Law Library


Welcome to our OneL students! We're so glad that you're here, and we want to be sure that you have some important information about the library readily available: Visit the library's website for easy access to the following information: The...

Resources to Stay Happy and Healthy While Practicing Law


A new website, Happy! Effective Lawyer, dedicated to helping attorneys take "affirmative steps to enhance your engagement, productivity, competency, and happiness," is launching on August 1 (but it's got plenty of great content now). Lots of great material on exercise,...

Litigation Analytics on Bloomberg Law


Colleague Deborah Ginsberg has a great post on how Bloomberg Law's Litigation Analytics can be a valuable tool for students seeking information about judges, law firms, or the litigation history of a particular company. For example, Litigation Analytics gives you...

Wednesday, May 17: Law Library Hours Are 8 am to 11 pm


We're very close to the end of law school final exams! Note that we are ending our midnight extended hours on Wednesday, May 17. Our hours for May 17 will be: 8 am to 11 pm. Please check our hours...