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Keywords – February 10, 2022

KEYWORDS: Law Library Weekly Newsletter

Greetings from Keywords, the only weekly law library newsletter that encourages you to treat yo self like the law student you are. Valentine’s Day is coming up, so why not indulge in a virtual or in-person consultation with a research librarian? Or pamper yourself with a 4-hour long study/ writing/staring-blankly-at-your-screen session in your favorite law library seat? Get ready for the time of your academic legal life because we’ve got you covered with our latest law library tips.

Legal Research for Non-Dummies

POV: you were just assigned a 738-page legal research paper that’s due in 837 hours and you don’t know where to start. No, your professor did not just wake up and choose violence. They planned it carefully to support your growth as a legal professional. So don’t stress; feel blessed because we’ve got you covered with a brand new research guide for scholarly legal writing. We are all rooting for you!

Legal Writing for Smarties

“L” is for the Lexis database. “O” is just for online study aids. “V” is very sure your argument’s original. And “E” is Volokh, Eugene’s Academic Legal Writing. If you don’t know where to start on your writing assignment,  just think “LOVE” and check out our brand new research guide for scholarly legal writing where you’ll find all the aforementioned tips and so much more.   

V is for Valentine. And Frederick Douglass.

This Valentine’s Day, join the Cornell Library for Douglass Day 2022 in honor of Frederick Douglass’ birthday. This year’s event is focused on transcribing papers from The Colored Conventions Project to make them available for digital searching and further analysis. Stop by Olin Library, explore the history of racial justice, and leave with a cupcake. What’s not to love? 

February is for Black History Month

Looking for library resources on black history? Check out these topical research guides from the Africana Library and yours truly, the Law Library. Or venture further afield and explore the Black History Month research guide from the Library of Congress. Lift every voice and sing; lift every book and read.

We will be back next week with a new edition of Keywords. In the meantime, wear your mask in all library spaces, check out our legal writing research guide, and send your research questions to

The Law Library. Myron Taylor Hall. Ithaca, NY 14853.