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Summer Access to Library Databases



Returning Students

You may use your Westlaw account through the summer for noncommercial research, such as law school activities, research assistant assignments, work for a nonprofit, or in an unpaid internship.


Graduates may use their Westlaw accounts for up to 60 hours per month for six months after graduation through the Grad Elite program. You will be prompted to sign up for this program when you sign on to Westlaw.


Returning Students

IntelliConnect is Now Cheetah


Book Cover for "Law School Exams - A Guide to Better Grades"

The library has recently added Cheetah to its electronic resources. If you have used Intelliconnect in the past to search for tax or insurance information, all of that content is now available on Cheetah, with a cleaner, easier-to-use interface.

For tax law research, Cheetah has some of the most important resources available, including the Standard Federal Tax Reporter, the Federal Estate and Gift Tax Reporter, and the U.S. Tax Treaties Reporter. Additionally, it contains tax legislation and regulations news and analysis, Smart Charts for comparing tax laws across jurisdictions, and practice tools. Cheetah also includes insurance news and Masters, Stanzler and Anderson on Insurance Coverage Litigation, as well as materials on the Consumer Financial Protection Act.

This Year's Orientation Book: "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson


Image of the front cover of the book, Just Mercy, by Bryan Steven.This year, all incoming students read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, a memoir recounting the author’s legal career representing death row inmates, juveniles sentenced to life imprisonment, people with mental illness, and others. In telling the stories of individuals’ interactions with the criminal justice system, Stevenson exposes the ongoing problems of racism, inadequate legal representation, and mass incarceration.

Stevenson’s recent project is creating the country’s first memorial to the victims of lynching, to be constructed in Montgomery, Alabama. His organization, the Equal Justice Initiative, has spent years researching reports of lynchings, and have been able to document over 4,000 between 1877 and 1950. He connects the current racial disparities in capital punishment with lynchings that occurred into the twentieth century. He is not alone in this view; a recent book, Courting Death: the Supreme Court and Capital Punishment (available in the library), makes the same connection.

Using Library Resources Over the Summer


Finals are wrapping up and the weather is finally warming up – summer is here. No matter what you are doing this summer, the library is here to help you.

We have shortened hours, but are still available by phone, email, or chat to answer research questions.

We also have online research guides if you don’t know where to begin with your research project. They cover a variety of subjects, including free and low cost resources, Connecticut law, legislative histories, lists of major treatises, and many more. Keep reading for information about access to Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, and other electronic resources: