Faculty Newsletter for October, 2018

Transition to Westlaw Edge

Oct 29, 2018

On Thursday, November 1, faculty and staff Westlaw accounts will transition to Westlaw’s new platform, Westlaw Edge. Westlaw will automatically migrate accounts, so no user action is required. Student accounts will not transition until January.

Westlaw Edge functions similarly to the current Westlaw platform, but integrates new features, including:

  • WestSearch Plus, which uses Artificial Intelligence to help users quickly access relevant resources, as well as offering suggested answers to many legal questions.
  • Litigation Analytics, which provides data-driven insights on judges, courts, attorneys, law firms, and case types.
  • KeyCite Overruling Risk, which provides a citator warning to caution users when a point of law in a case has been implicitly undermined without being explicitly overruled, a situation that traditional citators do not identify.
  • Statutes Compare and Regulations Compare, which allows users to compare two versions of a statute or federal regulation to identify changes over time.

For more information on Westlaw Edge, please visit this informational page from Thomson Reuters. A detailed analysis of the changes is also available from the LawSites blog.

If you require continued access to the current Westlaw platform through January 1, please contact Amy Koopmann at amy-koopmann@uiowa.edu.

Past Exams on Reserve and ICON

Oct 29, 2018

The Law Library keeps past exams, provided by professors, on reserve at the Law Library Circulation Desk for students to check out.  Exams are also available to students on ICON through the College of Law Academic Resources page.

If you would like to include a past exam in the collection, please contact Max Lipnick at max-lipnick@uiowa.edu.

New Electronic Resources

Oct 29, 2018

Enhanced Tax Notes Research Platform Subscription


The Law Library recently enhanced its subscription to the Tax Notes Research Platform. This enhancement provides users with access to several magazines electronically, including Tax Notes, States Tax Notes, and Tax Notes International.


For more information on our Tax Notes Research Platform subscription, including directions for creating an account, please view the Tax Notes entry on our Electronic Resources page.


HeinOnline: U.S. Congressional Serial Set Added


HeinOnline has added the U.S. Congressional Serial Set to its content. This is the first phase of an ongoing U.S. Congressional Serial Set project. At this point, the Serial Set in HeinOnline includes:

  • Indexing of more than 17,000 Serial Set volumes
  • A content archive containing image-based PDFs for the years 1978–2018
  • Complete coverage of the American State Papers

For additional information on Phase I of the project, as well as plans for future releases, please visit this informational page from HeinOnline.

Law Library Thanksgiving Break Hours

Oct 29, 2018
Day Time
MondayTuesday, November 19 & 20 7:30 am10:00 pm
Wednesday, November 21 7:30 am6:00 pm
Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day - CLOSED
Friday, November 23 10:00 am6:00 pm

New Law Library Acquisitions

Oct 29, 2018

In August and September, the Law Library acquired 4,314 new books, journals, and other items. These include over 60 new monographs from a wide range of university presses including:

  • Bristol University Press
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Columbia University Press
  • Duke University Press
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Massey University Press
  • MIT Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Stanford University Press
  • State University of New York Press
  • University College London Press
  • University of Alabama Press
  • University of British Columbia Press
  • University of Massachusetts Press
  • University of Michigan Press
  • University of New Mexico Press
  • University of Toronto Press
  • University Press of Florida
  • University Press of Kansas
  • Yale University Press