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Picking a Paper Topic

Wed. Sept. 17, 2014
2:45pm – 3:40pm

Research Essentials

Wed. Sept. 24, 2014
2:45pm – 3:40pm


Wed. Oct. 8, 2014
2:45pm – 3:40pm

Special Skills Sessions

Researching IP Legislation

Date: Thursday, September 11
Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Stockton 305
Instructor: Ken Rodriguez,

Government Contracts Research

Date: Friday, September 19
Time: 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Room: Stuart 101
Instructor: Mary Kate Hunter,

E²: Energy & Environmental Law Research

Date:  Thursday, September 25
Time:  Noon – 1pm
Room: B418
Instructor: Germaine Leahy,