L530 School of Library and Information Science
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

Spring 2001

INSTRUCTORS: Keith A. Buckley, Linda K. Fariss and Colleen K. Pauwels

EMAIL: buckley@indiana.edu; fariss@indiana.edu; pauwels@indiana.edu

CLASSROOM: Law School 122

TELEPHONE: 855-9666


Berring, Robert C., Finding the Law, 11th Ed., St. Paul, MN: West, 1999.

A Uniform System of Citation, 17th edition, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law Review Association,2000.

These and all other required readings will be on reserve at the Law Library.

Jan. 8 Introduction to Research: government structure, reporters (Fariss)
Reading: Berring, pp. 1-62
Jan. 10 Citation form (Buckley) Bring A Uniform System of Citation to class
Reading: To be assigned
Jan. 15 No Class
Jan. 17 Digests (Fariss)
Reading: Berring, pp. 91-122
Jan. 22 Digests (Fariss)
Reading: Berring, pp. 91-122
Jan. 24 Encyclopedias and ALR (Buckley)
Reading: Berring, pp. 122-126: 301-303
Jan. 29 Constitutions and Statutes (Pauwels)
Reading: Berring, pp. 134-172; 211-229
Jan. 31 Statutes, Congressional Material (Pauwels)
Reading: Berring, pp. 134-172; 177-210
Feb. 5 Congressional Material (Pauwels)
Reading: Berring, pp.177-210
Feb. 7 Administrative Regulations and Presidential Documents (Fariss)
Reading: Berring, pp. 230-256; 262-269
Feb. 12 Administrative Decisions, Govt. Documents, Topical Reporters (Pauwels)
Reading: Berring, pp. 257-261; 52; 59.
Feb. 14 Shepard's (Pauwels)
Reading: Berring, pp. 63-90
Feb.19 Practicum (covering lectures thru Feb. 5)
Feb. 21 Looseleaf Services (Fariss)
Reading: Berring, pp. 42; 52; 59; 127
Feb. 26 Treatises, Restatements, Uniform Laws (Buckley)
Reading: Berring, pp. 297-299; 303-304; 173-174
Feb. 28 Court Rules, Federal Rules Service, Appellate Briefs, Practice Aids (Buckley)
Reading: Berring, pp. 270-295
Mar. 5 Periodicals, Indexes, Directories, Dictionaries, Words and Phrases (Buckley)
Reading: Berring, pp. 299-300; 304-306; 310-311
Mar. 7 International Law Materials (Pauwels)
Reading: to be assigned
Mar. 19 English Legal Research and Foreign Materials (Fariss)
Reading: to be assigned
Mar.21 Practicum (covering lectures from Feb. 7 thru Feb. 26)
Mar. 26 LEXIS (Buckley)
Reading: to be assigned
Mar.28 WESTLAW (Buckley)
Reading: to be assigned
Apr. 2 Public Services (Buckley)
Apr. 4 Panel of Law Librarians.
Apr. 9 Legal Materials for Non-law Libraries and Non-law Materials for Law Libraries (Fariss)
Apr. 11 Practicum (Comprehensive - 2 hours)
Apr. 16 Administration (Pauwels)
Apr.18 Evaluation
Apr. 23 No Class
Apr. 25 No Class


The grade will be calculated from a combination of Assignments and Practicum scores. They will be determined by the following weights:

Assignments 45%
2 Practicums @ 15%  
Final Practicum @ 20% 50%
Reference Work and Class Participation 5%

Daily assignments should be returned on the date indicated by the instructor when distributed. Late papers will be penalized 10 percentage points per day.

Absence from a practicum will bring an automatic 0 for the practicum unless there is an approved excuse and make-up practicum.


There will be three practicums covering the legal bibliography segment of the course. The last practicum will cover the entire course. They will be as follows:

Monday, February19

Wednesday, March21

Wednesday, April 11

In order to allow the students the most flexibility, the first two practicums will be held in two 1 1/2 hour sessions with half the class in each session. The first session will be from

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and the second will be from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The final practicum will be in two-hour sessions. These sessions will begin at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Specific sign-up and further information on the practicums will be given in class.

LEXIS and WESTLAW training

In addition to class lectures, each student is required to attend a hands-on training session for each system. Times will be announced at a later date. To make-up for attending these sessions, the last two class periods of the semester will be cancelled.

Guest Speaker Panels

There will be a panel of guest speakers this year covering other types of law libraries. Attendance at the panel discussion is required.

Reference Requirement

Each member of the class is required to work three hours of reference at the Law Library. These hours must be worked between March 22th and April 19th. There will be day and evening hours available. Sign-up sheets will be in the Reference Office.