For 1Ls: Law Library Resources on Formatting Your Appellate Brief

The Harnish Law Library understands that as you write your appellate briefs, you may have questions about formatting in Microsoft Word. To assist you, we have published a LawGuide called Formatting Your LRW Appellate Brief: Instructions and Tips for 1Ls. This LawGuide includes both step-by-step video tutorials and PDF instructions for various formatting tasks, such as creating a table of authorities or adding different types of page numbers to your document. Our instructions are tailored to both Mac and PC users.

If you have additional formatting questions after using our LawGuide, stop by a Law Library help session beginning for one-on-one assistance (first come, first served). All sessions will be held in the Law Library learning lab.

Help Session Schedule

  • Friday, March 11: 11:30 am – 2 pm
  • Thursday, March 24: 11 am 1 pm
  • Friday, March 25: 11 am – 2 pm
  • Monday, March 28: 10 am – 11 am

Good luck with your assignment!

Updated: New York Times Bestsellers in the Law Library

Need a break from reading cases and text books. Looking for something a little more relaxing to read? Check out our most recent additions in fiction and nonfiction.


  1. Blue: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  2. My Name is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  4. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  5. Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  6. Force Awakens (Star Wars) by Alan Dean Foster
  7. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  8. Warriors of the Storm: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell
  9. Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods
  10. Feverborn: A Fever Novel by Karen Marie Moning


  1. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  2. Name of God Is Mercy by Pope Francis
  3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  5. Dark Money by Jane Mayer
  6. Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly
  7. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade
  8. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  9. Crippled America by Donald J. Trump
  10. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Updated: New York Times Bestsellers in the Law Library

Happy 2016! It’s a new year and we have new books. Check out our most recent additions in fiction and nonfiction.


  1. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  2. Cross Justice by James Patterson
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  4. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  5. See Me by Nicholas Sparks
  6. Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories by Stephen King
  7. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  8. Guilty by David Baldacci
  9. Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
  10. Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


  1. Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly
  2. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade
  3. Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
  4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. What if? by Randall Munroe
  6. Destiny and Power by Jon Meacham
  7. Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  8. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  9. Crippled America by Donald J. Trump
  10. Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

Extended Law Library Hours for Finals

Exams are upon us! The Harnish Law Library is now open extended hours through Thursday, Dec. 17. During the next two weeks we will be open most nights until 2 a.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays we will be open until midnight. Check our full December schedule for more details at
All of us in the Law Library wish you all the very best of luck on your upcoming exams!

Relaxation Days

It seems like the fall semester was just beginning and now final exams are just around the corner. So much to do! To stay relaxed and focused as you prepare for exams and write papers, be sure to join us in the Law Library for Relaxation Days . We will be offering free 10-minute massages on Tuesday, December 1 and Thursday, December 3.

The massages will be available between 10 am and 2 pm on both days. Sign up at the Public Services Desk.

Also, don’t forget about Happy Hour on Thursday. Take a break from your studies and come grab a snack! The fun starts at 3:30 pm.

Fright Fest Is Here!

Remember to stop by the Law Library today for Fright Fest! The festivities will run from 12:30-4 pm and will include:

  • The SBA costume contest and lunch sponsored by Bloomberg at 12:30
  • A raffle with exciting prizes such as movie tickets and print credit
  • Informational tables about library services where you can also pick up special treats and raffle tickets
  • A spooky Happy Hour sponsored by Westlaw at 3:30

And more! See you there!


Fright Fest Is Coming! Mark Your Calendars for Thursday, Oct. 29

Stop by the Law Library this Thursday, Oct. 29 from 12:30-4:00 for our annual Fright Fest extravaganza! The festivities will begin at 12:30 with lunch (sponsored by Bloomberg) and the SBA costume contest. Throughout the afternoon, be sure to stop by the library information tables to pick up some tasty treats and learn about all of the helpful resources available to you through the Law Library, including research help and more. While visiting the tables, be sure to pick up some raffle tickets; prizes include print credit, movie tickets, reserved study carrels, and much more! We’ll also have a Halloween-themed Happy Hour (sponsored by Westlaw) at 3:30 with especially spooky treats!

Lexis Learn

Want to learn how to use Lexis Advance? Wondering how to find statutes and related cases for your brief? Need a refresher on how to find secondary sources? Lexis Learn can help. Lexis Learn is a new interactive learning platform that aims to help students learn and practice basic research techniques. It consists of seven modules, each roughly 10 to 15 minutes in length. The modules are interactive so you practice the skills you’re learning as you watch the accompanying video. Though Lexis Learn focuses on using Lexis Advance, the skills taught are applicable to research in general.

To access Lexis Learn sign into Lexis at Once you are on the Lexis homepage, select Lexis Learn in the column on the left side of the screen. If you have any questions please contact a reference librarian.