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2017 - 2018 Oklahoma City University School of Law Library Annual Report: Research Instruction

Instruction and Presentations Overview

 

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

Student FTE

423

399

385

357

352

Presentations to Students

173

125

156

121

85

Presentations to the faculty, community, and colleagues

12

7

18

7

4

Number of instances students received instruction

2,385

1,787

2,362

1,931

1,572

Faculty, community members, and colleagues attending presentations

439

215

656

204

31

Law Review

Access Services librarians train Law Review resource editors in locating materials not found in the Law Library collection. Reference Librarians provide instruction during the Law Review new member orientation, work closely with student authors and editors during the tech check process, and they provide one-on-one customized training to note writers based on their chosen topics. 

LibGuides

Reference librarians are responsible for the creation and updating of the research guides. Many guides are prepared by our law student reference assistants under the supervision of a reference librarian. The guides are promoted in classes, at the circulation and reference desks, and through social media. The Reference Department also maintains several patron user guides including the database guide, 1L survival guide, and reference portions of the patron user guides.

The library's guides are receiving praise across the country as well as internationally and have been reused by a number of libraries. The top ten LibGuides by page views for 2015–2016, 2016 -2017, and 2017-2018:

 

2014-2015 Views

 

2015-2016 Views

 

2016-2017 Views

 

2017-2018 Views

 

Bluebook Rules

2304

Fact Finding on the Internet

2177

Oklahoma Legal Research

2841

Oklahoma Legal Research

4631

Federal Legislative History

1787

Oklahoma Legal Research

1615

Bluebook Rules

2337

Bluebook Rules

4160

Fact Finding on the Internet

1396

Bluebook Rules

1470

Case Law

2066

Case Law

3281

Secondary Sources

1241

Federal Legislative History

1430

Fact Finding on the Internet

1602

Municipal Law

2739

Nuclear Medicine: Introduction to U.S. and International Regulations

1177

Practice Resources

983

Federal Legislative History

1042

Fact Finding on the Internet

1427

Practice Resources

1071

Oklahoma Legal Oral History

975

Practice Resources

914

Oklahoma Innocence Project Student Guide

1375

Citators

1060

Case Law

889

Secondary Sources

870

Nuclear Medicine: Introduction to U.S. and International Regulations

1185

Case Law

743

Legal Research and Writing 2015

836

Nuclear Medicine: Introduction to U.S. and International Regulations

846

Practice Resources

726

International Air Agreements

713

Secondary Sources

815

Oklahoma Legal Oral History

839

Oklahoma Legal Oral History

596

Administrative Law

668

Nuclear Medicine: Introduction to U.S. and International Regulations

602

Municipal Law

790

Federal Legislative History

571

Legal Research and Writing

 

Reference librarians are often invited to provide library training to students enrolled in Legal Research and Writing (LRW) classes. Students in Legal Research and Writing classes received librarian instruction on the following topics:

  • Secondary Sources
  • Researching Statutes
  • Researching Case Law
  • Using Citators
  • Legislative History
  • Administrative Law Research
  • Oklahoma Legal Research
  • Summer Associate Training

In addition to serving as guest lecturers in the LRW classes, the Head of Reference Services also coordinates first year vendor training with LexisNexis and Westlaw. The Head of Reference Services not only works directly with the vendors and LRW instructors on organizing these trainings, but also fields a number of questions related to signing up for these database trainings. 

This time in the Legal Research and Writing classroom is often the first step in building a strong relationship with the law students.

1L Database Registration

Every year incoming 1Ls must register for LexisNexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, and CALI. The library coordinates the sign up process and assists students with registering their information. In July, all incoming 1L and transfer students are sent emails with detailed instructions for signing up for Westlaw accounts and TWEN. Included in this information are instructions for accessing Legal Analysis course materials. To do this, the Head of Reference Services works closely with law school administration and staff and the Legal Analysis professors.

In the following weeks, students are also sent emails with instructions for signing up for Lexis and CALI. Additionally, handouts with this information are included in the 1L orientation materials.

After registering their accounts, students receive assistance signing up for TWEN courses and mandatory vendor training. While most students are able to sign up for these services without any difficulty, many experience technical difficulty or need one on one assistance. The library spends a great deal of time in late July and through August providing one on one assistance with database registration and vendor training registration. 

CALI Lessons

In 2017-2018, students completed 2,769 CALI lessons, compared to 3,070 CALI lessons in 2016-2017 and 5,383 CALI lessons in 2015-2016.

 

Top 10 Topics in 2016-2017

 

Top 10 Topics in 2017-2018

 

Legal Writing and Research

672

Contracts

872

Legal Writing

400

Legal Writing and Research

361

Contracts

360

Legal Writing

270

Legal Research

300

Torts

198

Tax Law

160

Professional Responsibility

191

Torts

150

Administrative Law

184

Evidence

150

Evidence

99

Civil Procedure

140

Criminal Procedure

76

Administrative Law

97

Legal Research

75

Criminal Law

82

Civil Procedure

75