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Pre-Law LEAP Fall 2020

The purpose of this course is to explore the meaning of community, especially as it relates to the American community as a whole and communities within the United States, and the relation of law to community.

Subject Specialist

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Rebekah Cummings
J Willard Marriott Library
295 South 1500 East
Digital Matters Lab
Skype Contact: @RebekahCummings

LEAP Professor

Dr. Ann Engar

Sill 146


Welcome to the Marriott Library!

Today we are going to learn how to navigate the physical and and digital library. At the end of this session, you should be able to: 

  • Find books, journals, basic articles, and digital objects using Usearch.
  • Develop precision search skills using the advanced search.
  • Narrow search results using the facets in “Refine My Results” sidebar.
  • Learn how to request items from the ARC and other locations.
  • Use the “My Library Account” and e-shelf tools to review, save, & email search results.

In-Class Exercise - Digital Library Scavenger Hunt

The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles

1.) Get in breakout groups. Make sure you all know each other.

2.) Go to Pre-Law LEAP library guide (congrats, you're here!)

3.) Search for three items from the below list (2 books and 1 article) in USearch (, talking through your process, challenges, and questions. Take note of icons and buttons you see that convey information about the item. 

4.) Document your process

5.) Report out to class. 


BOOKS (Pick any 2 that look interesting) 

  • Sex and the Constitution by Geoffrey R. Stone
  • Steal this Book by Abbie Hoffman
  • The Story of My Life  by Clarence Darrow
  • The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform by John Curtis Samples
  • Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
  • A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume
  • We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Brown v. Board of Education: its impact on public education by Dara Byrne
  • The Myth of Judicial Activism: making sense of Supreme Court decisions by Kermot Roosevelt

ARTICLES (Pick 1) 

  • Even if it is not Bribery: The Case for Campaign Finance Reform by Daley and Snowberg
  • Immigration Legal Services as a Structural HIV Intervention for Latinx Sexual and Gender Minorities by Thespina, et. al
  • Unearthing the Relationship Between Environmental Law and Populism by Fisher
  • You Can't Post That . . . Or Can You? Legal Issues Related to College and University Students' Online Speech by Hutchens
  • Education Reform and the Coronavirus by West 


Questions to ask yourself: How did I search? What did I find? Was it easy? Hard? Is the item available? How? In print? Online? Both? Is it open access or behind a paywall? How do you know? Did you have to go into a database to find it? How do you know? What information is available in the bibliographic record? Besides finding it, what can I do with it? Save it? Email it to myself or a friend? Find a citation? What's the difference between "Get It" and "View It"? If it's only available physically in the library, can I still get it this semester? How? 

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