The Law Library is pleased to announce that thanks to a new agreement with Westlaw, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law graduates will now have 60 hours a month of Westlaw access for 18 months after graduation; this access can be used for either commercial (paid) or educational purposes.
In addition, all current and graduating students are gaining immediate access to Drafting Assistant and Doc & Form Builder, as well as a number of other powerful practice-ready transactional tools on Westlaw.
* Graduating students must activate their 18 month password extension within their Westlaw account.
“Link rot,” when the URL provided via a hyperlink no longer functions, is a troublesome issue for legal scholars and practitioners. A 2014 study found that half of the links provided in Supreme Court opinions and over 70% of links cited to in the Harvard Law Review “do not produce the information originally cited.” As Jonathan Zittrain, one author of the study, put it in an April 2014 interview with NPR, this is “extraordinarily bad for the long-term maintenance of the information we need…to understand the law.”
An exciting new tool for combating link rot was recently unveiled by the U.C. Berkeley Law Library: U.S. Supreme Court Web Citations. This web application captures snapshots of all web citations in new Supreme Court opinions immediately after publication. The snapshots are archived using perma.cc’s API. U.S. Supreme Court Web Citations users have the ability to browse citations by opinion or by justice and can also subscribe to receive notification of new citations.
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.
The Ross-Blakley Law Library at the Sandra O’Connor College of Law is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of The Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research.
Robert Skousen is the first place award recipient for his paper, Redefining New Water: Inland Surface and Groundwater Desalination and Simon Goldenberg earned second-place honors for his paper, Considering Abusive Marriages in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community and Ways for Agunot to Escape. Their papers demonstrate sophistication and originality in the use of research materials, exceptional innovation in research strategy, and skillful synthesis of research results into a comprehensive scholarly analysis.
A review panel comprised of librarians Victoria Trotta and Beth DiFelice and Clinical Professor Kimberly Holst selected the winners from the very competitive entries.
In addition to receiving a monetary award, the winners are also invited to publish their papers in the Law Library’s digital scholarship repository and to feature their papers in the Law Library Display Case.
Congratulations to our 2016 Winners!
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.
The Ross-Blakley Law Library is pleased to provide you with online access to hundreds of study aids to help you prepare for your upcoming exams through West Academic. Our subscription to these study aids allows you to view hundreds of electronic books 24/7, as well as highlight text, take and save notes, and even print content.
Through January 31, 2016 West Academic is also offering ASU students 25% off any print study aids product ordered through the West Academic Store (store.westacademic.com). Use promo code: UPANDRUNNING
We wish you all the best this exam period!
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.
Have you heard of FRASER? The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research is a data preservation and accessibility project of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the U.S. Government Publishing Office. The website provides access to a variety of resources containing economic and banking data, including:
- Publications of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
- Publications of District Federal Reserve Banks
- Statements and speeches of Federal Reserve policymakers
- Archival materials of Federal Reserve policymakers
- Economic data publications
- Statistical releases
- Congressional documents
- Reports by various organizations
You can browse resource by title and date, as well as perform keyword searches. To learn how to fully utilize FRASER, read through the website’s How to Use FRASER page.
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.
Tribal law can be difficult to find for a variety reasons: individual tribes may not have the resources to publish their laws, may choose not to make them available electronically, or even may restrict outside access to their laws. The new Library of Congress Indigenous Law Portal helps researchers find difficult-to locate tribal law materials by bringing together digitized historic Library of Congress resources with current resources available on tribal websites. The Portal can be both searched and browsed by geographic region, state, and tribe name.
In addition to this new Portal, when researching tribal law be sure to also consult the Ross-Blakley Law Library’s Indian Law Portal which contains resources such as a listing of Arizona Tribal Law Sources, a listing of Tribal Law for Tribes Outside Arizona, a Federal Indian Law Research Guide, and an International Indigenous Law Research Guide.