In light of recent events, Ross-Blakley Law Library librarians Tara Mospan and Leslie A. Pardo created a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) LibGuide. The guide has sections on the history of DACA, recent DACA developments, a list of local agencies offering DACA assistance, and a list of national advocacy groups. You can view the LibGuide by clicking on the link below.
The Law Library’s subscription to the West Academic Study Aids package now includes audio lectures from the Sub and Substance Audio and Law School Legends Audio series! These lectures are great tools for both learning and reviewing material. Access is available through an internet-connected computer or mobile device.
The lectures cover over 40 subjects and join the lineup of other study skills resources available to College of Law students through West Academic including the Exam Pro series, High Court Case Summaries series, and Acing series.
The Law Library provides ASU Law students with free access to over 500 study aids/course supplements through the West Academic Study Aids Subscription.
- 24/7 access – you can access the study aids anytime online
- Full-content searching – a single search generates results from every relevant title
- Highlight and take notes – you can highlight text and take notes just like in a book
- Popular titles – Gilbert Law Summaries, Nutshell Series, High Court Case Summaries, Flash Cards, Exam Pro Series, Acing Series, Legalines, and more!
To create your account:
- Go to the West Academic Study Aids website
- Click the “Create an Account” icon in the upper right corner of the page
- Choose “I am a Student”
- Complete the form and click “Create Account”
* Returning 2L and 3L students: There is a new platform for the study aids subscription this year. You will no longer access the study aids through your Westlaw account, but rather through the West Academic Study Aids website.
The HeinOnline app is a great tool for accessing the wealth of information on HeinOnline via your mobile device, and the app is now available for Android users! Using either the Android or iOS app, you can browse the many HeinOnline collections that the Ross-Blakley Law Library subscribes to, run a keyword search, retrieve documents by citation, and even download image-based PDFS to your device.
Note on HeinOnline access via the app: ASU utilizes IP authentication for students, faculty, and staff access to HeinOnline, so in order to IP authenticate using the HeinOnline app, you must be on campus. The authentication will be good for 30 days. After 30 days you will need to once again authenticate on campus.
Wondering which research tools you can use this summer? We have outlined summer access policies for Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law below. Remember that you also have unlimited access to hundreds of other legal databases and interdisciplinary databases through the Law Library and ASU this summer!
Westlaw offers limited summer research access – up to 40 hours a month for June and July. Full access is available to students who are participating in select academic pursuits over the summer. If you will be doing any of the following, you can apply to extend your full access to Westlaw by using the Summer Extension link inside Westlaw:
- Summer law school classes and study abroad programs
- Law review and journal – including write-on competitions
- Research assistant
- Moot court
- Unpaid internship/externship
Students with any other type of summer employment must use their employer-provided password for Westlaw access. Full academic access resumes to returning students on August 1, 2016.
Graduating students: Westlaw’s Graduate Elite program allows you to apply for limited Westlaw access for 6 months after graduation. Use the Grad Elite link within your Westlaw account to apply for the program.
Lexis provides unrestricted summer access to all law students for any research purpose, whether academic or commercial. You do not need to take any additional steps to secure summer access to your registered Lexis Advance account.
Graduating students: Graduating students will automatically have full access to Lexis through the end of November. You do not need to take any additional steps to secure this post-graduation access.
Bloomberg Law also provides unrestricted summer access to all law students for any research purpose, whether academic or commercial. You do not need to take any additional steps to secure summer access to your registered Bloomberg Law account.
Graduating students: Graduating students will automatically have full access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation. You do not need to take any additional steps to secure this post-graduation access.
Online Study Skills Materials
The Ross-Blakley Law Library is pleased to provide you with online access to hundreds of study aids to help you prepare for classes and exams. Whether you are a returning student or it is your first year in law school, you will find study aids for virtually every course you will take. All these titles are available for online viewing 24/7 and you can highlight, take notes and even print.
Please note: The first time you go to access the Study Aids Subscription, you will need to create a West Academic account. Use this link to Sign in or Create an Account.
Print Study Skills Materials
Not all study skills materials are online. To help you succeed in law school, the Ross-Blakley Law Library staff has created a print Study Skills Collection. Located in the Reserve Reading room on the first floor of the Law Library, the collection brings together an array of study aids, legal research and writing texts, exam, and bar exam materials.
Books in the Study Skills Collection may be checked out for two weeks and are renewable twice. Flash Cards may be checked out for one week and are not renewable. Study Skills materials have a seven day grace period, and will be billed the replacement charge and overdue fee on the eighth day overdue. If you have any questions about or suggestions for the print collection, please contact Leslie A. Pardo, Head of Access Services, (480) 965-3579.
In addition to its incredible collection of law reviews, congressional documents, and international materials, HeinOnline now offers case law via Fastcase. You can also save and bookmark cases by creating a MyHein account, making access to favorite cases quick and easy. All HeinOnline content is available to Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students on campus or remotely with your ASURITE.
Case law coverage in HeinOnline includes the judicial opinions of the Supreme Court (1754-present), Federal Circuits (1924-present), Board of Tax Appeals (vols. 1-47), Tax Court Memorandum Decisions (vols. 1-59), U.S. Customs Court (vols. 1-70), Board of Immigration Appeals (1996-present), Federal District Courts (1924-present), and Federal Bankruptcy Courts (1 B.R. 1-present). The state case law covers all fifty states, with nearly half of the states dating back to the 1800s. Coverage for the remaining states dates back to approximately 1950.
A new app is available for HeinOnline! The app allows you to view the database’s image-based PDFs, access content by citation, browse by volume, navigate a volume with the electronic table of contents, and use full advanced searching techniques on an iPhone or iPad. The app can be downloaded from iTunes. HeinOnline has also created a User’s Guide to maximize your use of the app.
Note on access: ASU utilizes IP authentication for students, faculty, and staff access to HeinOnline, so in order to IP authenticate using this app, you must be on campus. After you IP authenticate via the app on campus, the authentication will be good for 30 days. After 30 days you will need to once again authenticate on campus.
We received a great student question recently: What can I do if I need something for work and I cannot access it on my academic Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg account due to use restrictions?
Answer: Each of the legal vendors imposes use restrictions on your academic account. The restrictions vary, but generally limit use of your account to educational purposes related to law school coursework. If you need to conduct research for work or for another purpose outside of your coursework, however, the library has a number of resources you can utilize without worrying about violating a license agreement:
WestlawNext Patron Access (accesisble on four public computer workstations in the library’s reading room)
WestlawNext Patron Access resources include state and federal primary law (cases, statutes, and regulations), select secondary resources including law review articles, and legal forms. You can e-mail or download up to 20 documents from this online resource.
LexisNexis Academic (accessible on campus and remotely via ASURITE)
LexixNexis Academic provides access to state and federal primary law (cases, statutes, and regulations), select secondary resources including law review articles, news sources including newspapers, and business resources such as company directories and financial reports.
HeinOnline (accessible on campus and remotely via ASURITE)
HeinOnline provides full-text page-image (PDF) format access to law reviews and journals; historical volumes of federal documents like the Federal Register; classic legal texts from the 17th through early 20th centuries; U.S. treaties; Supreme Court cases as they appear in U.S. Reports; and Attorney General opinions. HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library offers access to pre-1980 legal-periodical scholarship that is not available on LexisNexis or Westlaw as well as recent articles.
BNA (accessible on campus and remotely via ASURITE)
BNA resources provide access to news, practice tools, and expert analysis for a broad range of legal practice areas including tax, labor & employment, intellectual property, banking & securities, trade, health care, environmental law, and family law.
West Study Aids are available online to all Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students. Gilbert Law Summaries, Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Sum & Substance Quick Reviews, Exam Pro Series, and others covering more than 350 areas of law are available
To access the online collection, go to http://eproducts.westlaw.com/LearnMore/StudyAidsHome.aspx
You will need to login to your Westlaw account to gain access to the collection. A link to the study aids is also available under the Services for Law Students section of the Law Library’s home page. Accessing these books through your Westlaw account allows you to personalize use, including highlighting text, full text searching and creating a list of favorites.
So if your favorite study aid is checked out from the Law Library’s Study Skills Collection, no worries. Just check to see if it is available on Westlaw.