Survey Response: Can We Get More—and Warmer—Study/Meeting Rooms?

We have recently added five very popular new study rooms on the fourth floor of the library. Several students indicated how much they like these new study rooms and the other new fourth floor study space. The new study rooms have helped to alleviate the heavier exam time crunch for study room space.

Some study rooms are colder than others due to their proximity to the computer room. If you prefer a warmer room, request rooms other than 245, 359, and 360, which are generally cooler than the other study rooms.

Survey Response: May Students Borrow Permanent Reserve Books for More Than Two Hours?

Books on permanent reserve may be renewed for longer than the initial two hours if no one else has requested to use them. Books on reserve are often in demand, especially during study periods before exams, and need to be available to all our students. The library has older editions of some of these books in the collection that can be signed out.

And, as we announced previously, starting in the fall semester, the library will be providing students with access to electronic study aids. The new West Study Aids subscription will include titles from eleven popular series including the Concise Hornbook Series, the Nutshell Series, Gilbert Law Summaries, Sum & Substance Quick Reviews, as well as other Thomson Reuters study materials. Students will be able to access e-book versions of over 350 study aids, search within the texts, highlight, take notes, and print from them in limited quantities. Want to try this product sooner?  Activate a free 2-day trial here.


Student Survey Response: Where Can I Find Older Law Review Articles?

Thanks to all students who have responded to the Library and Technology Survey.  If you haven’t completed the survey yet—there’s still time!  We’ve received some great questions/comments so far and will post responses to some of those issues.  Here’s our first response:

HeinOnline is an outstanding resource for law review articles.  GMU law students may link to HeinOnline from the law library’s listing of Law-Related Databases.

Features of HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library:

  • Contents: more than 1,620 law and law-related periodicals.
  • Coverage: from the first issue published for all periodicals to recently published issues.
  • Search: by article title, author, subject, state or country published, full text, and narrow by date.
  • Format: all of the articles are PDF images of the original journal, meaning footnotes are at the bottom of the page and you can use this version for your journal work.

A short reference guide to using HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library is available here. HeinOnline also offers several training videos.

Summer Access: Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law

If you need summer access to the major legal research platforms, take note of the following. If you registered your Lexis Advance password, you can use Lexis Advance for academic purposes without taking further action. For Lexis and Westlaw (including WestlawNext), you will have to fill out the form for summer access by June 1. The link is on the right on Westlaw and is the 3rd “story”/button on the top of the Lexis page. Bloomberg Law is available for you to use all summer with no restrictions (e.g., you can use it at work) and you don’t need to take any action to have summer access.


Happy Law Day 2012

President Obama followed a tradition established by President Eisenhower by proclaiming May 1, 2012:  Law Day.  In 1961, Congress officially designated May 1 as Law Day, 36 U.S.C. § 113.  Each year, the American Bar Association selects a theme for the Law Day celebration.  This year’s theme is:  No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.

For more information about Law Day, please see the ABA’s Law Day Page.

Students: Get Free Two-Day Trial of West Online Study Aids—Full Access Coming This Fall!

Starting in the Fall Semester, the library will provide students with access to electronic study aids.  Our new West Study Aids subscription will include titles from eleven popular series including:  Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Gilberts, Sum & Substance—and more!.

Just in time for exams, Westlaw is offering a free two-day trial.  Click here, and use your Westlaw One Pass to start the trial.