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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.

Once again Talking Laws and Claws...

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Tiger King on Netflix shocked and entertained us all by exposing the underbelly of exotic animal zoos.  If you haven’t see it yet, buckle the hell up, as you’ll be introduced to cult leaders, drug king pins, alleged black widows, and the man of the hour himself, the self-proclaimed “gay, gun-toting redneck,” Joe Exotic, a former candidate for president and current resident of county jail.  I know that most of you, like me, were wondering as the story got crazier and crazier by the minute, what exactly happened with that piece of federal legislation, the Big Cat Public Safety Act?  Legal research has got you.  

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. 

Check Out Our Catalog's New Look

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As I’m sure you all have noticed, the law library catalog has recently gotten a facelift.  On display is the new, sleeker Primo.  Now with less tabs!

All the content you’ve come to expect from our catalog is still there, just repacked to make sure you get the most out of our library’s resources, including from your mobile devices!

Click on the links above the search bar to: obtain results by subject (Browse), be directed to all of our research guides arranged by subject (Research Guides), or search an A-Z list of the databases in our catalog (A-Z List).  New Search will bring you back to the catalog homepage.  Don’t forget to click on the Ask a librarian link below the search bar to contact us!

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New Databases!!!

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We at the UConn Law Library are excited to announce the addition of three new databases from ProQuest, all available through our catalog:

  • Supreme Court Insight is an online collection of full opinions from argued Supreme Court cases, including per curiam decisions, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices, and amicus briefs.  Content associated with each case is compiled on a dynamic page organized to facilitate understanding of the judicial process, and is also retrievable on a document-by-document basis.

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The American Presidency Project

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Horizontal string of eight photos of former U.S. Presidents, including a photo of John F. Kenneday smoking, Richard Nixon making the "v" symbol, Ronald Reagan talking to his neighbor, Bill Clinton at a rally, George W. Bush smiling, and Barack Obama giving a speech with his hand in the air pointing at the audience.

With the Presidential election coming up very soon, now is a great time to reflect not only on the current candidates, but also on the Presidency itself and the individuals who have previously occupied the Oval Office.  There is a wealth of information available, but perhaps the best resource is the American Presidency Project (APP), hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  The APP is a non-partisan website that collects almost every public statement ever made by a President, or more recently, a presidential candidate.  Whether you are interested in the history of Presidential elections or only want to hear what the current candidates think about the issues, the APP has some excellent ways to find what you need.  You can browse through the different collections, or you can search the entire archive.

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.

Summer and New Graduate Access to Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law

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Continuing students can extend their passwords for use over the summer for academic purposes only.  These purposes include: summer law school classes, law review & journal work, projects for a professor, moot court, and unpaid non-profit public interest internship/externship (or pro bono) work required for graduation.  Non-permissible uses include any work for a law firm or other for-profit employer.  To extend your password, go to https://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/summerextension.aspx.

For new graduates, Westlaw has a Grad Elite program which extends access for academic and bar examination preparation purposes through November 30, 2015.  New graduates will need to fill out the Grad Survey to extend their access, and the extension has an overall cap of 60 hours of use through the end of November.  To register, log in at lawschool.westlaw.com and select the appropriate extension banner.