Student Newsletter for January, 2019

West Academic Audio Series and LexisNexis Courtroom Cast

Jan 31, 2019

The Law Library subscribes to electronic resources that offer both audio and video study aids and skill-improvement options.

The Law Library’s West Academic Study Aid subscription includes two audio series: Sum and Substance Audio and Law School Legends Audio Series. Both collections cover a wide range of course topics, from Law School Legends Audio on Administrative Law to Sum and Substance on Wills and Trusts. In addition to listening to the audio files online, by registering for an individual account, you have the option of selecting titles for offline listening through West Academic’s mobile or desktop apps.

The Law Library also subscribes to LexisNexis Courtroom Cast. This database is a collection of courtroom and case recordings, as well as training videos, for use by law students and faculty in a variety of educational settings. Courtroom Cast consists of three collections: AudioCaseFiles, a video collection, and a training collection. AudioCaseFiles provides recordings and full text of cases included in many first- and second-year courses and casebooks. The video collection contains selected full hearings, trials, and oral arguments from cases in U.S. federal and state courts from 2004 to the present. The training collection is designed to help users hone their advocacy skills through carefully selected video clips from actual trials.

Beyond Netflix and Amazon Prime

Jan 31, 2019

Looking for streaming video options beyond Netflix and Amazon Prime? Kanopy is a streaming video platform offering a growing selection of independent, classic, and foreign films. The University of Iowa Libraries’ Kanopy subscription focuses on foreign movies and documentaries. For a broader selection of streaming films, including popular and contemporary films, sign up for an Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) card and check out ICPL’s Kanopy collection.

Several additional streaming video collections are available through the University Libraries, including Films on Demand (Spike Lee’s documentary 4 Little Girls, the British Up documentary series) and Swank Digital Campus (Boyhood, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Godfather). For a complete list of collections, visit  

And don’t forget that the Law Library and University Libraries both have large DVD collections, including television series, popular movies, and documentaries. Visit InfoHawk+ to search for specific titles.

Lexis Context

Jan 31, 2019

Lexis recently introduced Context, which offers Judge Analytics and Expert Analytics. Context derives its data from court documents and uses the data to predict how judges will rule on expert testimony, how likely a claim is to prevail, and to pinpoint language and case law most often used by a judge. You may access Context using your Lexis login credentials here.

For more information on Context and how it compares to other legal analytic tools, please see this blog post

HeinOnline World Constitutions Illustrated

Jan 31, 2019

HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated database provides a wide range of materials for constitutional law research relating to countries throughout the world. Included in this content is a copy of the current constitution for every country in the database in its original language format, as well as an English translation. The database also includes books, scholarly articles, and bibliographic references.

HeinOnline continues to expand and update this database. Visit the HeinOnline Blog for a list of the most recent updates.