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Book Yourself! Introducing a New Study Room Reservation System

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You asked and we listened! The Library staff is excited to announce the launch of LibCal: a new study room reservation system that gives students more control! With a new system comes a revised policy, and there are a lot of changes. While I recommend everyone take a couple minutes to read the policy, here are the top 10 things students need to know about reserving a study room:

Summer Access to Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, and Other Library Databases

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Here is a summary of the access to databases that will be offered for students and graduates during the summer of 2019:

Westlaw

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

Online Research Scheduling Now Available!

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There's a new, online option to schedule One-on-One Research Consultations with the reference librarians here at the law library.  Students can now use Calendly to self-schedule a 30 or 60 minute research consultation of your choosing. Now you can easily pick a time slot and date that fits your schedule. 

One-on-One Research Consultations are designed to provide in-depth research assistance for a given topic, provide help getting started with a research topic, or help choosing a research focus. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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From September 15 to October 15, our nation observes National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the histories and the contributions made by of our ancestors who came from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The 30-day period intentionally starts around the anniversaries of independence for many Latin American countries. September 15 marks the independence days of: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico’s independence day is the 16th while Chile’s falls on the 18th, and Belize on the 21st. This observance initially only spanned a week, until President Ronald Reagan in 1988 extended the observance to its current 30-day period, through Public Law 100-402.

Welcome and Welcome Back!

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flyer advertising the use of the student toolkitThe 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.

Summer Access to Library Databases

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Westlaw

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

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.

Lexis

Returning Students

Final Exam Study Aids and Wellness Tips

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With just a few days left until the end of this semester's final exams and the start of winter break, we offer some final reminders about studying and self-care. 

The Library's Course Exam Archive hosts a selection of previous final exams.  To access the archive, use your UConn NETID and password.  

Book cover for "What the L? - 25 Thing We Wish We'd Known Before Going to Law School"Our reference librarians have put together comprehensive research guides, which will help you locate sources and give you the issue overview.  Search by subject or keywords. 

Book Cover for "Law School Exams - A Guide to Better Grades"Check out our final exam course book display.  Selected from our Reserve Collection, the books displayed offer a range of topics: strategies to maximize your grades during your first year to a survival manual for the bar exam.  Read some of the firsthand accounts of outline and exam prep in What the L by Elizabeth Shelton, Kelsey May, and Samantha Roberts. 

For practical advice on improving grades, and mastering time-management and case-briefing techniques, refer to Alex Schimel's Law School Exams: A Guide to Better Grades.  

Thriving at UConn Law

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image of an artistic rendering of a tree with orange, yellow, and red leaves.Everyone loves Fall- the leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and there are apple cider donuts around every corner. Unfortunately for law students, Fall is also when coursework begins to pile up and deadlines start to feel more imminent than the first hard frost. For 1L’s, this time of year is also means preparing for Mock Trial competitions and the beginning of commitments to other extra-curricular activities. On top of that, first year students might find that sitting down to outline for the first time feels a bit like getting lost in a corn maze.

Luckily for students at UConn Law, the library and administrative staff have seen it all before and have prepared resources to help students power through the tough Fall season.  In addition to exam preparation sessions (keep an eye on your email inboxes) and access to research librarians, “Thriving at UConn Law” is a new LibGuide on the library website that is designed to help keep your academic and personal life on track. The guide is broken down into three simple topics: mindfulness and stress relief, productivity, and healthy living. Each of these pages contains a curated list of quick tips, books, and other practical advice for staying on top of your game. If you checked out the guide at the beginning of the semester, pop back in for updates and even more helpful tips. Check it out at: http://libguides.law.uconn.edu/thrive

Using the Law Library's Catalog

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The UCONN Law Library’s catalog allows you to search and locate materials in the library’s physical collection, as well as access a wide variety of electronic resources.

There is a persistent search bar on the Law Library’s homepage, or you can reach the catalog directly at http://s.uconn.edu/LawLibCatalog.

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What’s in the catalog?

  • Print books
  • Print journals
  • Other print sources
  • E-books
  • E-journals
  • Databases
  • Articles
  • Other electronic resources
  • Microform
  • DVDs

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

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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.