Using Library Resources Over the Summer

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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:

New Display: The Library's Connecticut Collections

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Connecticut has an important place in the historical development of American law and government, as well as in the evolution of legal publishing. Connecticut is home to several important-- albeit debated -- firsts, such as the first Constitution and the first law reporter and legal text in the United States. The library endeavors to collect and maintain a comprehensive collection of Connecticut materials, from our oldest item – a book of statutes published in 1750 – to the current books and electronic resources that are critical to the practice of law in Connecticut.

Welcome and Welcome Back!

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The library welcomes all of our new students, and welcomes back our returning students. We are excited to see the campus and library full of students once again!

The library is here to answer your questions (about anything), provide a comfortable study space, provide collaborative spaces and technology, and assist you with legal research and using legal materials. Last year, we answered 1,200 reference questions, checked out 3,000 reserve items, circulated our laptops and other equipment over 4,000 times, and taught 20 classes on legal research and library resources. Whatever your needs are as a law student, we probably have some way to help.

The Bluebook

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The Bluebook evokes strong feelings among its users. Some love it for its detailed rules, multiple tables of abbreviations, and obsession with punctuation, and others hate it for the exact same reasons. So every five years or so, when a new edition of the Bluebook is released, some eagerly study it, and others groan at the thought of relearning some rules and shelling out another $40.

This summer, the 20th edition of the Bluebook was released, bringing small and large changes to sure to delight or annoy, depending on your perspective.