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“Thursdays at Three” Workshop: Getting the News: Searching Loyola’s Vast Collection of News Sources

The Law Library’s next workshop, Getting the News: Searching Loyola’s Vast Collection of News Sources, will be Thursday, April 26, 3-3:45 pm, in Room 414. Please RSVP to nnorton@luc.edu. Space is limited. Light snacks will be provided.

Learn how to subscribe to the New York Times and some legal news sources.  Find out how to access local newspapers, major city newspapers, and news databases containing large to small national and international news sources.  For history buffs, check out the news archives dating back, in some cases, to the 17th century.

This program will be held in Room 414 of the Law Library at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. Light snacks will be provided. Space is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please sign up as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please email nnorton@luc.edu.


Library Adds New and Improved Online Study Aids

New: The Law Library is now providing access to Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aids Library. This collection provides on-campus or off-campus access (with a current Loyola Law ID and Password) to hundreds of study aids including the entire Examples & Explanations series. Access WK Online Study Aids via the Law Library’s A-Z Database list

Improved: West Academic Online Study Aids Launches Mobile App. The West Academic Library App is a free mobile app for use on any Apple or Android device. The mobile app allows students to read, highlight and take notes while offline (without an internet connection). Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the West Academic Library App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  2. Access West Academic Study Aids via the Law Library’s A-Z database list.
  3. Sign in to your West Academic Study Aids account. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one in order to access materials via the app.
  4. Locate a title or titles you are interested in reading and check the “available offline” checkbox next to the book to make it viewable on your mobile device.
  5. Sign in to your mobile app using your West Academic account information and the book(s) you have selected will be on your bookshelf
  6. Read, highlight, and take notes as desired. All notes and highlights will appear on the book when viewed on either your computer or mobile device.

Online Study Room Reservations

Online Study Room Reservations

Law students can now reserve Law Library study rooms online! Instead of having to come to the circulation desk to check out a room, students can view what rooms are available and reserve up to three hours of study time at http://law.luc.libcal.com/booking/studyrooms.

Time slots that are available will show up green, while reserved times will come up red. To reserve a room, students will need to click one or more of the green squares (each square represents a half hour of time in the listed room). This will bring up a form in which to submit the name and Loyola email of two law students to reserve the room for the time requested. Student can select up to 6 blocks of time (3 hours) with one form. Once a form has been submitted, you should receive a confirmation email, from which you can cancel any portion of the time you have reserved if needed. All study room policies will still apply. We hope this makes it easier to utilize our space to best suit your studying needs!

Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw for Summer Students and Graduating Students

Bloomberg Law Access

Current Loyola Law 1Ls and 2Ls will have unlimited access to their Bloomberg Law accounts for both academic and work-related research during the summer months, just as they do during the school year. No special registration is required.

Spring 2017 graduates will have unlimited, unrestricted access to their Bloomberg Law accounts for six months after graduation. Again, no special registration is required.

If you have any questions about summer or post-graduate Bloomberg Law access, please contact Haley Harris, Loyola’s Bloomberg Law Client Success Manager (hharris@bna.com).

Lexis Access

Current Loyola Law students will have access to their Lexis accounts over the summer no matter where they work or who they are working for. 

Graduating students (JD or LLM) will have 6 months free access after graduation, plus access to Law360, Lexis Practice Advisor, or Lexis for Microsoft Office. If they continue to work in public service and the organization does not have access they could qualify for the Aspire program. See http://www.lexisnexis.com/documents/pdf/20170323034035_large.pdf for more details.

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon McDermott, Loyola’s Lexis Representative (shannon.mcdermott@lexisnexis.com).

Westlaw Access

Summer use for current students:

Current Loyola Law students can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, over the summer for non-commercial research. Students can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in their research skills, but not in situations in which they are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for academic passwords include the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school

Students do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer.

Grad Elite:

Graduating Loyola Law Students can use Thomson Reuters products for 18-months after graduation. “Grad Elite” access gives students 60 hours of usage per month, with no restrictions against using them for professional purposes. These tools include:

  • Westlaw
  • Practical Law
  • Practice Point
  • Drafting Assistant Essential
  • Doc and Form Builder
  • ProView*
  • LegalEdcenter* -one-year, no CLE

Graduates will need to register for Grad Elite access, and should be able to do so through a pop-up that will be visible after logging into their Westlaw accounts.

If you have any questions, please contact Tami Carson. Loyola’s Westlaw Academic Account Manager (Tami.Carson@thomsonreuters.com).

U.S. Supreme Court Resources Available to Law Library Users

U.S. Supreme Court Resources Available to Law Library Users

The Law Library provides access to a wide variety of resources on the U.S. Supreme Court, far beyond just its case law opinions. 

If you are looking for information on the current court and the cases pending before it, take a look at Bloomberg BNA’s United States Law Week’s “Supreme Court Today” service, which is updated daily and contains full-text Supreme Court decisions, oral argument transcripts and summaries, and news from the Court. Access is available from any on-campus computer, or from off campus to anyone with a current Loyola ID and password.

For historical Supreme Court documents, the Law Library’s subscription to Gale’s U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978 provides access to briefs and petitions, oral transcripts, memoranda, and other types of filings submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. This database covers 75,000 cases, including cases for which the Court did not issue a full opinion, and is searchable by keyword, by case name, or by U.S. Reports citation. Access to this database is also available from any on-campus computer, or from off campus to anyone with a current Loyola ID and password.

With Supreme Court nominations in the news again, you should be aware that the Law Library’s HeinOnline subscription includes access to the History of Supreme Court Nominations Library, which contains scholarly articles, Congressional hearing transcripts, and other documents related to successful and unsuccessful Supreme Court nominees, as well as a bibliography of books on the Supreme Court and its Justices. As with all of our HeinOnline collections, access is available from any on-campus computer, or from off campus to anyone with a current Loyola ID and password.

Finally, if you’re looking for materials on practicing before the Supreme Court, check out the Law Library’s Supreme Court Practice & Advocacy Research Guide. This Guide will help you find Supreme Court-related books, journals, and free Supreme Court-related Web sites, including blogs and news sources.

If you have questions about using any of these resources, please feel free to contact us.

New Copier and Scanner on the 3rd Floor

New Copier and Scanner on the 3rd Floor

The Law Library is pleased to announce the arrival of a new and improved copier and scanner for our patrons.  The scanning process is now easier to understand and best of all, it’s still free! 

You can scan to your flash drive or to your Loyola email address in full color or black and white, and it will arrive in your inbox in seconds!  If you choose to make copies, each page costs $0.15.  Current Loyola students can use their student IDs to pay for copying.  To add money to your account, there are several options.  Visit the Campus Card’s page for more information on how to add Rambler Bucks to your account.  If you are not a current Loyola student, you can also use Rambler Bucks to make copies.  You just need to purchase a courtesy card at any one of the ValuePort stations around campus. 

Questions?  Ask any one of our knowledgeable staff to help with your copying and scanning needs.

New Journal Cite Checking Guide

The Library has added a Journal Cite Checking Research Guide. The direct link is http://lawlibguides.luc.edu/cite_checking. It can also be located on the Law Library homepage under the quick link to research guides under the subject of Student Services.

The Journal Cite Checking Guide is intended to assist journal members in locating print, PDF, or page image versions of cited materials for sourcing assignments. The Guide covers library basics and interlibrary loans, and includes tips for locating all types of documents that a cite-checker may need to retrieve and properly cite including court opinions and documents, statutes and codes, newspaper articles and websites, and much more.

Changes to West Academic Study Aids Sign-in Procedure

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As of July 1, Westlaw has instituted a new sign-in procedure for students who wish to access our West Study Aids subscription. Under this new procedure, the first time students click on the “Study Aids Subscription” link in Westlaw, they will be prompted to create a West Academic account (see image below) and sign in.

An account creation wizard will then guide students through this process. Once it has been completed, students will be able to use their Loyola-issued Westlaw IDs and passwords to log into their Westlaw accounts and then enter the Study Aids Subscription page and its contents as they have in the past.

If you need assistance or have any other questions about this procedure, please feel free to contact us!  

Law Librarians Host “Half-Baked” Session for Faculty

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On Tuesday, April 28, four Loyola Law Librarians hosted a “Half-Baked” session in the Law School’s Faculty Lounge, with the goal of introducing faculty members to new developments in legal research and legal research technology.

Law Library Director Patricia Scott demonstrated two cutting-edge legal research resources: Casetext, a database which provides free access to cases and statutes and uses crowdsourcing (insights contributed by the legal community) to annotate those primary sources; and Ravel Law’s Judges Analytics platform, which provides information and analysis on the decisions of individual federal court judges. Lucy Robbins, our Head of Access Services, presented several browser add-ons (listed in full here), including add-ons for screen captures and for free legal research. Joe Mitzenmacher, our Reference and Electronic Services Librarian, showed several free mobile apps (listed in full here), ranging from apps for legal research to an app for scanning documents and turning business cards into contacts on your mobile device. And Reference Librarian Tom Keefe gave a reprise of his presentation to law students on the “Invisible Web” (view slides here). If you have any questions about any of the resources we covered, please feel free to contact us!

New HeinOnline/ABA Online Collection Available

New HeinOnline/ABA Online Collection Available

The Law Library is now providing access to HeinOnline’s American Bar Association Law Library Collection Periodicals. With this addition to our online collection, our users now have access (from any on-campus computer, or from off campus with valid Loyola credentials) to over 100 ABA-published journals covering a wide range of legal topics of interest to our faculty and students. This collection includes over 40 periodicals which were previously only made available to ABA section members. As is always the case with a HeinOnline product, these ABA periodicals are high-quality, scanned PDF files and are available from the publication's first issue. If have any questions about using this service, please feel free to contact us

Leopold and Loeb – The Trial of the Century

Leopold and Loeb – The Trial of the Century

On February 11, 2015, the Law Library, the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy, and the Center for Public Interest Law sponsored the enthralling dramatization of the Leopold and Loeb case's famous closing arguments by Clarence Darrow and Robert Crowe. In addition to this reenactment, thanks to the generous contribution of Professor Anita Weinberg, the library has also put on display several original documents and letters surrounding the case and Nathan Leopold's later life. Also highlighted are books from the library’s own collection about this "Trial of the Century." Be sure to come to the library to see these fascinating artifacts for yourself.  For those looking for additional information about the Leopold and Loeb case the Law Library has put together a special LibGuide of additional resources. 

West Study Aids Available Online to All Loyola Law Students

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The Law Library is providing access to West's Digital Study Aids, a subscription which gives Loyola’s law students online access to all current West Nutshells, Hornbooks, and Concise Hornbooks through the Westlaw portal. Over 230 separate titles are available within this collection, covering almost any subject you might encounter during law school. Within this collection, you can:

  • Search for individual publications, or search by series, subject, or type of publication;
  • Highlight text or take notes online;
  • Perform full-text searches within a publication;
  • Print up to 150 pages of text and/or notes per month.

To access the Study Aids subscription, simply sign on to Westlaw as you normally would, then, once you are signed in, click on the “Study Aids Subscription” link under “Legal Research & Tools”. If you need assistance or have any other questions about this service, please feel free to contact us

What New Books Await You at the Law Library?

What New Books Await You at the Law Library?

One of the great jobs we get to do at the Law Library is pick out new books for our students and faculty to read, enjoy, and expand their scholarship. We are always researching and appraising new resources so you, our patrons, are sure to have the best, most current sources on hand as you pursue your legal education and expand the legal profession. We have designed it so you can easily explore our new books online or in person.

For those who prefer to browse things from the comfort of their own computer, we have several great search options. If you have a Pinterest account, the quickest way to find new reads is to check out our Pinterest page and look over our monthly boards. Each pin can take you directly to the Library’s website where you can learn more about the title.  Or if you have a particular area of law that you are more interested in, you can browse through the New Books in the Law Library section of our Faculty LibGuide. You can also go directly to our catalog and click the “new book” search option. Just select the Law Library and the date range you prefer to see a comprehensive list.

If you prefer more traditional discovery methods, you can look over our new book cart on the third floor. We are constantly rotating in new books and showcasing some of the more popular additions. You can also see a selection of books highlighted on our digital monitors on all three floors. And remember: never hesitate to ask your friendly law librarian for great reading assistance!