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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Plaza Level Reading Room Closed for Renovations

Plaza Level Reading Room Closed
June 5 - Aug. 15

The Law Library's Plaza level reading room is closed for carpet replacement and renovations to Room 153 until Aug. 15 (date subject to change).

Please note the following:
  • Books and other materials housed on the plaza level may be requested at the Circulation desk.
  • Network printers are available on the 4th floor of the library and other locations in Mondale Hall.
  • Lexis Law School printers located on the plaza level will not be available.
  • The library's Reference and Circulation Desk remain open to assist patrons during their regular summer hours.
  • Other floors of the library are open and available for study.

Monday, April 30, 2018

New Prestatehood Legal Materials Database

NOW AVAILABLE on HeinOnline!

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This new database provides brief overviews of state histories from colonization to statehood and identifies a wide range of both readily available and hard-to-find materials from each state, and links to more than 1,500 full-text documents are provided. This is an invaluable and comprehensive tool for researchers. Unprecedented in its coverage of territorial government, this database holds resources that reveal the underlying legal principles that helped shape the United States. Research how foreign countries controlled the laws of these territories and how the states eventually broke away to govern themselves. Examine the legal issues with Native Americans, inter-state and the Mexican and Canadian borders, and the development of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government. Learn more!

Monday, April 23, 2018

New Legal Research Video Series

Prepare for summer research assignments with these online videos!

The Law Library is launching a series of online videos meant to help prepare students for their summer positions. The first video of the series, which walks students through the steps of researching a new assignment, is available now. In the coming weeks, we will be publishing videos that break down keyword searching and describe free or low-cost online research resources.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

New Gun Regulation Database

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America

A new database from HeinOnline


This new HeinOnline collection brings together more than 500 titles dealing with this difficult and important topic. Included are periodicals, key compiled federal legislative histories, relevant congressional hearings, CRS Reports, Supreme Court briefs, and more. Links to nearly 500 scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and a balanced selection of external resources to further research this subject are also provided. Research the National Firearms Act, the United States v. Miller and District of Columbia v. Heller decisions, and other key aspects of this subject.

What's Included:

  • 500 titles
  • 894 volumes
  • Nearly 323,000 pages
  • Nearly 500 scholarly articles
  • 145 CRS Reports
  • 157 hearings
  • 18 legislative histories
  • 165 bibliography titles

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bloomberg, Lexis & Westlaw Access for Graduating & Continuing Students

Summer 2018 and Beyond


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Graduating Students: you have continued access to Bloomberg Law for 6 mos. after Graduation.This access is automatic (no registration required) and is unlimited.

Continuing Students: you have continued access to Bloomberg Law over the summer.This access is automatic (no registration required) and is unlimited.

If you have any questions, please contact our Bloomberg Law Representative, Diana Witt.

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Graduating Students: you have continue free access to Lexis Advance for 6 months following graduation. Your view will change to a Graduate homepage to reflect your new status in July. Graduates going into non-profit work may apply for an ASPIRE ID which lasts 12 months beyond graduation. Find out about both of these free programs at lexisnexis.com/grad-access >.

Continuing Students: you have continued access to Lexis Advance over the summer. This access is automatic (no registration required) and unlimited.


If you have any questions, please contact our Lexis Account Representative, Sarah Bigler.

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Graduating Students: you have access to Westlaw and Practical Law, for six months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. While you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages you to use these tools to build your knowledge of the law and prepare for your bar exam.

In addition, you have access to job searching databases on Westlaw and TWEN for 18-months after graduation for 1 hour per month.

Extend access by logging into www.lawschool.westlaw.com.

Continuing Students: you can use Westlaw and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include:

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

You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact our Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager, Mollie Benson.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Study Aids for Spring Semester!

The Law Library's, Study Aid Publications & Resources guide has a complete listing of books, DVDs and online materials available from the library. All titles can be checked out at the Library Circulation Desk. The Library also provides online access to the Concise Hornbook, Hornbooks and Nutshell series on the West Academic Online Study Aids site.

Study aid series available in the library include:
  • Concepts & Insights
  • Examples & Explanations
  • Hornbooks
  • Inside Series
  • Law Stories
  • Mastering
  • Model Problems & Outstanding Answers
  • Nutshells
  • Short and Happy Guides 
  • Sum & Substance Audio 
  • Understanding

Monday, December 4, 2017

Life Balance in the Law Library

Tuesday, Dec. 5th

 11:30am - 1:30pm

Library Lobby & Dorsey Foyer


  • READ: leisure reading and life balance collections will be on display
  • RELAX: (with glitter!): calming glitter jar crafting
  • RECHARGE: chair massages by Epic Bodyworks*
  • REFUEL: trail mix bars
  • REFRESH: coffee & tea
 Also, check out the new library guide: