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Before you search by title or author(s) or editor(s):
Sometimes the catalog search algorithm gets hung up on special characters. To avoid this problem, first
Then, be sure you are searching for the right item:
* If you are looking for an article in a journal or magazine, first find the journal or magazine. Then find the specific volume that contains the article.
* Remember that Bluebook format for a work that's part of a collection (Rule 15.5) puts the article author and article title before the name of the journal.
* How to recognize a cite to a work in a collection: look for the word in :
In this example, the second source cited is the essay titled Why Lawyers Can't Just be Hired Guns, by Robert W. Gordon. The essay was published beginning on page 42 of the book Ethics in Practice: Lawyers' Roles, Responsibilities, and Regulation, edited by Deborah L. Rhode. You would not find the essay by searching for it in the catalog; first you have to search for the book and then consult its table of contents for the essay.
Which search box should I use?
Research Center Catalog:
This is what the search box for simple searches of the catalog looks like:
Use THIS LINK to search the law library catalog. It will retrieve both electronic and print items at all the FSU libraries by default.
This is what the search box for advanced searches looks like:
You can better narrow your search to look for a specific Author, Title, or Material Type (such as a book or a Journal title).
Available for checkout: item is on the shelf.
Checked Out or On Loan: self-explanatory.
On Hold: Items on hold are checked out/on loan but have been requested by other users.
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