Student Newsletter for October, 2018

Exam Preparation Materials

Oct 29, 2018

With exams quickly approaching, remember that the Law Library has a variety of study aids on reserve at the circulation desk, including volumes from the Nutshell series, the Questions and Answers series, and the Understanding series.

The Law Library also subscribes to both West and Lexis Study Aids. These study aid subscriptions allow students to access some of the Law Library’s most popular study aids electronically.

The Lexis Study Aids subscription provides access to more than 160 study aids and includes the Understanding series, the Skills and Values series, the Mastering series, and the Q&A series.

The West Study Aids subscription provides access to more than 500 study aids and includes Hornbooks, Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Gilbert Law Summaries, Blackletter Outlines, and Quick Reviews, among other titles.

Additionally, select past exams are available on reserve at the Circulation Desk.  You may also access past exams using ICON, through the College of Law Academic Resources site. Navigate to the site by logging into ICON and selecting “ongoing” from the drop-down semester list. 

For a list of available print and electronic versions of exams, visit the Circulation Desk.

Transition to Westlaw Edge

Oct 29, 2018

On January 1, student Westlaw accounts will transition to Westlaw’s new platform, Westlaw Edge. Westlaw will automatically migrate accounts, so no user action is required.

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.

Legal Research Courses for Intersession and Spring 2019

Oct 29, 2018

January seems far away, but now is the time to consider advanced legal research courses for next semester. To help you become efficient and effective researchers, and to help you meet your experiential credit requirements, there are several courses being taught by librarians during the January Intersession and in Spring Semester 2019:

ALR courses are restricted to upper level law students. If you have questions about these courses, please contact the instructor.

Earplugs and Noise-Canceling Headphones Available at the Circulation Desk

Oct 29, 2018

The Law Library now offers two options for students seeking to block out noise while they study. At the Circulation Desk, two pairs of noise-canceling headphones are available for four-hour checkout. The Circulation Desk is also offering complementary earplugs for students, while supplies last.

Lexis Printer

Oct 29, 2018

Lexis Advance offers free printing to law students for some of its content.  The Lexis printer is located on the first floor of the Law Library in Room 134.  To take advantage of this free printing, you will need to print from within Lexis Advance, instead of printing through your browser. 

To print, select the Download icon in the top left corner of the document you are viewing. Under Print, select “Choose new settings.”  The Print window will then open to the “Basic Options” tab, where you can select the LexisNexis Printer. Be sure to choose the Library Room 134 printer from the drop-down menu.   

For more information on printing from Lexis Advance, including step-by-step screenshots, please visit the Law Library’s Computing and Technology Guide.

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 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.