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Summer and Post-Graduate Access to Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, and Other Library Databases

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Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis and Westlaw all have summer access provisions and usage policies for continuing and graduating students.  Read below for more information!

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.

Drop It Like It's Hot: Announcing a New Book Drop

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Congratulations! You made through another long and tough semester. Now that you’re starting to recover, you may look around your home and see that pesky pile of library books that you don’t know what to do with. Well, wonder no longer! The library has placed an outdoor book drop by the library main doors. Any books that you currently have checked out from the law library may be returned here.

Please do not return any books you checked out from another library, unless you obtained it through our interlibrary loan (ILL) process. If you checked a book out from your local public library, you will need to check that library’s website for information on how to return the book.

The Home Stretch: Successfully Studying for Exams

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As we reach the last few days of classes, minds begin to turn to studying and preparing for exams. You may be wondering how to prepare and study for your exams without access to the library, nutshells, Examples & Explanations, and other study resources you usually have at the tip of your fingers. But fear not! The library offers many resources that you can access from the comfort of your home. Below are some of the most popular resources, as well as some fun things to do during a study break.

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. 

Introducing Westlaw Edge

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As you are returning for the spring semester, you may notice that Westlaw has changed and is now called Westlaw Edge. The most obvious change is the background color, but there are several other differences as well. For the most part, Westlaw will work the same as it did before, but there are several additional features.

Open Access Week

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October 22-28 is Open Access Week. The open access movement aims to make scholarly work free and immediately available online to all. UConn Law promotes access to legal scholarship in part through its digital repository, OpenCommons@UConn, which makes our faculty’s scholarship available freely online.

Since the repository was launched in 2016, our faculty’s work has been downloaded over 80,000 times. Downloads come from all over the world.

Top 5 Downloads (Current Faculty):

1. Mark Janis, The New Oppenheim and its Theory of International Law

2. Michael Fischl, The Question that Killed Critical Legal Studies

3. Richard Kay, Retroactivity and Prospectivity of Judgments in American Law

4. Stephen Utz, Maine's Ancient Law and Legal Theory

5. Jon Bauer, Buying Witness Silence: Evidence-Suppressing Settlements and Lawyers' Ethics

map showing real time readership

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