Online Services Registration Information

A quick mid-year reminder about database access —

Bloomberg Law

If you have lost or forgotten your username or password for Bloomberg Law, you can retrieve them by using the “Forgot your Password?” and/or “Forgot your Username?” links on the log-in page.

If you have never registered for Bloomberg Law, follow these self-registration steps:

  1. Go bloomberglaw.com/activate;
  2. Leave the Activation Code box BLANK;
  3. Fill out the remaining information fields. NOTE: **You must use your “.edu” email account issued by George Mason University in the “law school email address” field to successfully register.**

You will receive an acknowledgement of your account request and, within 24 – 48 hours, an email letting you know that your account has been activated.

HeinOnline

To navigate to HeinOnline from the Law Library’s homepage, select the Law-Related Databases & More tab, then click Law-Related Databases and scroll the alphabetical list until you see HeinOnline.

HeinOnline does not require the creation of an individual account. Simply click the HeinOnline link and, if prompted to do so, enter your Mason NetID and Password.

Lexis Advance

If you have lost or forgotten your username or password for Lexis Advance, you can retrieve them by using the “Forgot your ID or password?” link on the log-in page.

If you have never registered for Lexis Advance, email Michelle Trumbo (mtrumbo2@gmu.edu) or visit the Reference Office to obtain our school’s registration code. Once you have the code you can use the directions below to register:

  1. Go to lexisnexis.com/lawschool and click “Register for Lexis Advance.”
  2. Enter your name, email, and the registration code.
  3. Build your Personal Profile;
  4. Build your Sign-In Profile. If you’re on your own computer, select “Remember me.”

Westlaw

If you have lost or forgotten your username or password for Westlaw, you can retrieve them by using the “Forgot Username?” and/or “Forgot Password?” links on the log-in page.

If you have never registered for Westlaw, email Michelle Trumbo (mtrumbo2@gmu.edu) or visit the Reference Office to obtain a registration key.

Once you have a key:

  1. Visit lawschool.westlaw.com/register.
  2. Create your OnePass credentials (the email address you use for OnePass will be the same one used for TWEN communications) and complete your Law School Profile.

If you have questions, or would like additional assistance, please come by the Reference Office [hours] or email Michelle Trumbo [mtrumbo2@gmu.edu].

In the News: the USA Patriot Act

After the horrific events of September 11, 2001, Congress acted quickly to pass the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, better known as the USA Patriot Act. It was signed by President Bush on October 26, 2001.

The Act expanded the investigative authority of federal officials, including their ability to track and intercept communications, in addition to other enhanced powers to combat domestic and international terrorism. The Act has been very controversial because of its impact on civil liberties.

Effective midnight May 31, certain provisions of the act expired, including § 215 which had been used by the National Security Agency as authority to collect of millions of telephone records. Prior to this sun-setting, the House had passed H.R. 2048: the USA Freedom Act of 2015. Today, the Senate passed this bill and it was signed by President Obama. His signing statement is available on the White House Website. Track the law’s history on Congress.gov.

To learn more about the Patriot Act, please consult the law library’s National Security Research Guide. Resources available in the library include a five volume compiled legislative history of the Act. To discover more about the controversy surrounding this law, GMUSL patrons may wish to search these databases, in additional to traditional news sources:

LAW LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR NEW GRADUATES

Access to Legal Databases:

  • Bloomberg Law: Full access continues until December 31, 2015. No action needed.
  • Lexis Advance
    • Full access through July 1, 2015. No action needed.
    • Graduates who register here will receive access to a Graduate Home Page with tailored content, resume tips, virtual research training, and current legal news from Law360® through December 31, 2015.
    • If you are working for a nonprofit or public interest organization you may apply here for one year of free access through the ASPIRE Program.
  • Westlaw:  
    • Access to job-related resources for 18 months. No action needed.
    • Graduating students may extend their password here for unlimited Westlaw access through November 30th for Academic purposes, finding a job, for updating research/note/comments, etc.

Access to Library Services:

  • Student IDs are valid through October 12, 2015—so new graduates may reserve study rooms, check out books (until Sept. 30), and use the computer labs.
  • The library is open to the public for conducting legal research, so please feel free to use our print resources and publicly available databases— including in-library access to Keycite, Shepards, Bloomberg Law, and HeinOnline. There are also Westlaw and Lexis Patron Access Terminals with limited primary sources. More information about the library’s access policy is available here.
  • Reference librarians are also happy to assist you in person, by phone 703.993.8076, or email.


SUMMER ACCESS TO LEGAL DATABASES FOR CURRENT STUDENTS

During the summer, Current GMUSL Students have the following legal database access:

  • Bloomberg Law: Unlimited, unrestricted access. No registration required.
  • Lexis Advance: Unlimited, unrestricted access. No registration required.
  • Westlaw: Limited, restricted access. Registration required.
    • Students retain access to all TWEN courses and materials, and West Academic Online Study Aids.
    • Students may apply for a password extension here for the following acceptable uses:
      • Summer law school classes
      • Law journal work
      • Projects for faculty
      • Moot court
      • Unpaid, nonprofit public-interest internship/externship or pro bono work required for graduation
    • Summer passwords may not be used for research for “law firms, corporations or other entity (unrelated to law school) that is paying you to conduct said research or that is passing the costs of said research to a third party.”

Students continue to have full access to all other Law-Related Databases and databases available from the GMU Libraries Database Portal.

Reference Librarians will be available throughout the Summer to answer any research-related questions. Please feel free to call, email, or stop by the Reference Office. Full contact details are available from the library Staff Directory.

 

EXPANDED ACCESS TO ABA PERIODICALS ON HEINONLINE

Our HeinOnline subscription now includes expanded coverage of ABA publications. GMUSL patrons have access to more than 100 periodicals including the most recent editions.

Students may find several titles of general interest:

  • Student Lawyer
  • Young Advocates
  • Young Lawyer

More information about ABA publications available with this new subscription is available here.

ATTENTION WESTLAW USERS: YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD!!

The library has just received notice from Thomson Reuters that all WESTLAW Passwords (created before October 7, 2O14) ) MUST be changed IMMEDIATELY.

If you do not change your password by January 13, 2015, then your access to WestlawNext and TWEN will be suspended.

Here’s what to do:

LOGON TO WWW.LAWSCHOOL.WESTLAW.COM THEN: 

WestlawPWs_002

If you have any questions, please stop by or call the Reference Office 703.993.8076.

Farewell to a Classic

Westlaw Classic has gone off into the sunset. . . .

Effective today, Westlaw Classic is not longer available to academic subscribers. All GMU users will have access to Westlaw Next only. TWEN and West Study Aids remain available.

Need help with the transition?