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MAALL 2017: Going Off Book – Better Together with LibGuides: Textbooks

In collaboration with faculty Libguides can serve as Textbooks, guides for embedded course librarians and course companions.

Using a LibGuide as a Textbook

If you would like to follow along:


  • Total control over organization and content presented
  • Not as much work as you might thinkSpringShare Cloud
  • A really good way to gain experience with creating Springshare LibGuides - forces you to learn 


Best Practices

LibGuide embedded content  - Galleries featuring quiz questions

External embedded content - YouTube, TedTalks, etc.

Links to external information - lessons

How to create a LibGuide Textbook

Law 627 - 1L Legal Research

  • 1 credit
  • Required course
  • Graded on a curve

We organized by one tab per class session

Divide and conquer - assigned people to create different tabs

ASSESSMENT:  include LEARNING OBJECTIVES at the top of every page.

LibGuides are all about borrowing:  How to make a table 



Reuse or Copy?

 You can Reuse Existing Box  

map to it via "Reuse Existing Box"


Easy - just tell it what to link to


You can't change the box on this LibGuide, changes must be made to the original box wherever that one lives

 Copy the box 

display the source code, copy the html, and paste it into the Source of the new box.


You have total control over this box


You have to be careful not to mess up the html.  There is no html compiler within SpringShare to validate your code.

Here's the one I use:

How to make a TABLE


Source Example Good for But  Where to find it
ENCYCLOPEDIA AmJur - Libel & Slander overview of broad topic, primary sources in footnotes uses hidebound terms - start in the INDEX

Print, Lexis, or Westlaw


RESTATEMENT Restatement of the Law on Contracts, 2d black letter law, plus comments and illustrations There may not be one for your topic

Print, Lexis, or Westlaw

American Law Institute

UNIFORM LAW Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act  acts designed to be adopted in all 50 states - with comments  The law you need may not have been adopted in your jurisdiction

Uniform Laws Annotated: print or Westlaw

Uniform Law Commission

TREATISE LaFave on Search & Seizure comprehensive coverage of a single topic, often updated at least annually often more scholarly than practical Bloomberg Law Getting Started -  Books & Treatises 
Westlaw - Seconary Sources - Texts & Treatises
Lexis Advance - Browse - Sources - Category - Secondary Sources - Treatises
NUTSHELL Legal Research in a Nutshell quick and simple overview no detailed analysis, may be a year or two old Library Catalog

Reforming Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganizations
Ralph Brubaker, Robert M. Lawless, Charles J. Tabb 2015 U. Ill. L. Rev. 507

in-depth coverage of a specific topic not updated, tend to be scholarly and idealistic  See Journals in the column on the left
AMERICAN LAW REPORTS (ALR)  Liability of swimming facility operator for injury or death allegedly caused by failure to adequately fence facility detailed analysis of narrow topic covering numerous jurisdictions there may not be one on your topic Print, Lexis, or Westlaw