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Law Library Resources During Closure: Paperless Law Study

Paperless Law Study

This guide describes resources available to law students to help them prepare for class, complete assignments, research, and perform other tasks without access to the printer/copier devices inside the law school building. Paperless study doesn't mean studying without any paper - but instead using a mix of traditional and online methods. Transitioning toward electronic record keeping will help prepare you for law practice where paperless offices are quickly becoming the norm.



OneNote is a great option for those who wish to "go digital" with their notebooks.  You can gather your notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings, audio commentaries, web links, and more, and organize them with OneNote.  Rather than maintaining stacks of spiral-bound notebooks for your classes, OneNote allows you to use your mobile device as your electronic notebook.  OneNote makes it easy to search, print, organize, and even share your notes with others.  Login to Office 365, click the OneNote tile, and start exploring all that OneNote has to offer.  Do not forget to install OneNote along with the rest of Microsoft Office suite of applications on your computers and visit the app store to install the OneNote app on your iOS or Android devices.


Evernote software allows you take notes electronically, organize and annotate them, and access them across multiple devices. Evernote comes in several versions including a basic free version and premium version for $8 per month. OCU Law students have free access to Microsoft OneNote.


Cloud Storage

OCU Law students have free access to OneDrive for Business.  Login to Office 365, click the OneDrive tile, and you can begin uploading files simply by dragging and dropping them to your browser window. 
To share a file with another student right click a file in OneDrivefor Business, click Share, and choose those you wish to share the file with. 

If you have the need to access the files on your laptop even when away from Internet access, you can optionally choose to install the Sync client (by clicking Sync at the top of the OneDrive web page) to allow your computer to maintain synchronized copies of the contents in your OneDrive.  Any changes you make to the local copies of your files on your laptop will get synchronized to OneDrive for Business in the cloud next time you have Internet access.

Additionally, if you have an iOS or Android device, an OneDrive for Business app is available through your app store giving you access to your files even from your smart phone or tablet.

Add A Screenshot to OneNote

  • With OneNote open, switch to the page in your web browser that has the information you want to clip.

  • Click Insert, then click Screen Clipping (for Office 2016, press Windows key + Shift +S).

  • When the screen dims, drag the mouse pointer over the area of the web page you want to capture. OneNote captures your selection as a picture and inserts it on the current page.

Add Images to OneNote

  1. With a page open in OneNote click the camera icon at the bottom of the page.
  2. OneNote will ask you to either insert a picture from the library on your devices or to take a photo.

Taking Notes / Annotating Digital Study Aids

West Academic Digital Study Aids

OCU Law students have access to over 400 study aids in this series.  Access them at the Law Library's Databases Page. Students can take notes inside each study aid or add highlights to text in a study aid. To add notes or highlights students must first create a login.

Wolters Kluwer / Aspen Study Aids

OCU Law students have access to the Wolters Kluwer / Aspen Study Aids through May, 2020. Access them at the Law Library's Databases Page or Closure Resources Page. Highlighting and note-taking are supported inside study aids. To add notes or highlights students must first create a login.

Lexis Digital Study Aids

OCU Law students have access to the Lexis Digital Study Aids through May, 2020. OCU Law students also have access with no expiration to the following titles: Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, Evidentiary Foundations, Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Idaho Code, Institute on Oil and Gas Law, Kuntz, A Treatise on the Law of Oil and Gas, The Methods of Attacking Scientific Evidence, New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, New York University Institute on State and Local Taxation, Oklahoma Civil Procedure Forms, Oklahoma Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Estate Administration Forms, Oklahoma Real Estate Forms, Page on the Law of Wills, Primer on the Texas Law of Oil and Gas, and the United States Code Service. Access Lexis and Carolina Press titles through the Law Library's Databases Page or Closure Resources Page. Highlighting and note-taking are supported inside study aids. To add notes or highlights students must first create a login.

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