Law Libraries After Law School

Attorney, Edward Elkins, explores some of the reasons to head back to the law library after graduation in "Your Law School's Library is…


Westlaw Patron Access

The BYU Law Library has recently purchased a subscription to Westlaw Patron Access, a version of Westlaw open to the public. Westlaw Patron…


Effective Date on Westlaw

Legal researchers often ask me how to find out what a specific statutory section said on a specific date. There are a few ways to approach…


Free and Low-Cost Legal Research

In law school we focus a lot on Westlaw and LexisNexis, and with good reason. They are the leading legal research systems available.…


Loislaw

Loislaw is a low-cost alternative to Westlaw and Lexis. While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles as those two, it does provide…


Westlaw/Lexis Summer Access

As everyone gets set to head out to jobs and externships a question I've heard a lot is whether your Westlaw or Lexis student accounts can…


HeinOnline Faceted Searching

We've talked here in the past about searching HeinOnline (see here and here). It takes some getting used to if you're coming from Google,…


LegalTrac

Have you ever been frustrated by too much information when searching legal journals on Westlaw and Lexis? Full-text searching is wonderful,…


Academic Research Class

Do you have to write a research paper or two this semester? Do you want some help? Come discover some of the resources that can help you…


Bar Journals

The Law Library's HeinOnline subscription now contains a collection of 55 Bar Journals that may be useful to you in your research. Like…


Google Scholar & the Law

The legal research blogosphere was full of discussion today about Google Scholar's addition of free legal content. Here's the announcement…


KeyCite Limits – Clear All

When using KeyCite on Westlaw you'll often find cases that have been cited many times. Roe v. Wade, for example, has nearly 20,000 citing…


Searching HeinOnline

HeinOnline is one of our favorite resources here in the Law Library. It offers PDF versions of many great legal resources. While many…


2L Legal Research Survey

We appreciate all of the 2Ls who participated in the Legal Research Survey sent to you by your research professors. We had 84 responses.…


LexisNexis Headnotes

Headnotes, found at the beginning of cases in both Westlaw and LexisNexis, are a valuable research tool. Because of their long life and…


Choosing a Paper Topic

One of the things I talked about in the Academic Legal Research training today was choosing a topic for a case note or seminar paper. There…


Academic Legal Research Training

Writing a case note or comment? Need to get started on a seminar paper? Can't find the right topic? Research for an academic paper can be a…


LexisNexis Related Content

The CM Law Library blog points out that LexisNexis has just released its "Related Content" feature, which appears to be the competitor to…


Casemaker v. Fastcase

I've blogged before about alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw for legal research. Two alternatives, Casemaker and Fastcase, are provided as…


Treatises

Today a colleague and I had a lunch meeting with a group of attorneys in Salt Lake to discuss legal research. One of them kept pointing out…


Westlaw Interface Update

Westlaw's main law school interface looks a little different than it used to. The heart of the change is that users can now conduct…


West Article

LexLibris, the University of Minnesota Law Library blog, has directed my attention to an interesting news article on the West publishing…


Cost-Effective Westlaw, Lexis

Finals are winding down and you're probably ready for a break. So, bookmark this page and come back to it when you're ready - but while I'm…


Westlaw, Lexis Summer Access”

Several of you have asked about summer access to Westlaw and LexisNexis. Westlaw and Lexis both have restrictions on the use of their…