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Publishers Providing Access

Some textbook publishers are offering free access to ebook versions of textbooks for a limited time in response to COVID-19. If the publisher of your textbook is not listed, please contact Artie Berns. This news item will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Students in quarantine/isolation or away from campus who do not have access to their physical Bluebook may be able to get access to the Bluebook Online. Contact Artie Berns for more details. 

Carolina Academic Press
Students should be able to access most CAP titles through the VitalSource Helps program. This program will allow affected students to access their ebooks on the VitalSource platform for free through May 25. Follow these steps: 
1) Students have to create a VitalSource BookShelf account using your Western New England email address to login. Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account for both students and instructors. 
2) Once logged into VitalSource, use the "Explore" tab in the upper left corner of the screen to find the needed textbook.
3) If you can't find the needed CAP textbook there, contact Artie Berns and he will contact the publisher on your behalf.
You can view the VitalSource FAQ here. 

Lexis is providing ebook access for students who can meet certain conditions.
1) Students must provide proof of purchase (for instance: amazon, campus bookstore, etc.), or proof of subscription direct from Lexis. 
2) Students must provide a WNE email (with wne.edu domain).
3) Students must provide proof that the book is required for course.
If you meet these conditions, call (800) 833-9844 to apply. Access for each Lexis title is based on an approval process. Some titles may be unavailable.

West Academic / Foundation Press
Students in quarantine/isolation or away from campus who do not have access to their physical books may be able to get access to a free ebook version of a previously purchased book until June 1. 
Follow these steps:
1) The student should go to https://eproducts.westacademic.com and set up an account.
2) Be ready to provide the title, author, and edition of the textbook needed.
3) Students should then call West Academic at (877) 888-1330 and speak with a customer service representative for help with getting a free ebook version of that book. 

Wolters Kluwer
In partnership with VitalSource, Wolters Kluwer is providing free digital e-textbooks for students who lost access to their purchased book or library resources due to a shift from in-person to online classes.
1) To get started, students should visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com and log-in or create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided email address. 
2) Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account for both students and instructors. 
3) Once students create an account with an institution-provided email address, they should log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. This tab provides access to the freely available e-textbooks.
You can view the VitalSource FAQ here.

Rules for Law Students

Thomson Reuters’s Products:

You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, over the summer for non-commercial research. You cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client.

 Lexis Advance:

You have free unlimited use of your law school Lexis Advance ID this summer. Just sign in as usual and start researching. Continued access includes Lexis Advance, Lexis Practice Advisor, and other tools. If you are using your Lexis account for a commercial purpose, a firm may bill for your time but may not charge clients for the cost of Lexis Advance.

 Bloomberg Law:

Bloomberg Law academic accounts can be used by returning law students for any purpose.

What did the databases do for you?

Lexis Advance

All 2020 graduates can continue using their student accounts until December 31, 2020.

Graduates who have accepted positions with 501(c)(3) non-profit employers may qualify for 12 months of free Lexis Advance access through the ASPIRE program. Certain conditions apply. The application is available here.

Thomson Reuters

You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and others, for 18-months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage per month, with no restrictions against using them for professional purposes. Graduating students should begin seeing a message that prompts them to join Grad Elite in the near future.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law can continue using their student accounts for six months after graduation. 

How to obtain services

In accordance with Governor Baker’s order, the Law Library first floor area will be unstaffed beginning at noon on Tuesday, March 24, with a planned reopening on May 4.

If you need assistance or have questions about Library materials/services/research etc., please contact Pat Newcombe at 413-782-1616, or at pnewcombe@law.wne.edu. We will be triaging our Library staff to help to assist you.

The Law School building will remain open via student swipe card access from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. on a daily basis. Please continue to follow the policy of no group gatherings. The building remains a place for you to access the Internet for your courses.

All law students have 24/7 access to the D’Amour Computer Lab (G26) in the basement of D’Amour Library, which can be accessed at the ground level on the back side of the D’Amour Library building. Computer and printer access is available here. Your ID swipe card will allow entry to the Computer Lab, along with access to printing.

Thank you for your understanding.

Attend Workshops: Get Stuff

The big winners for the It Pays to Learn Contest are:

  • $20 bookstore giftcard: Bonnie Mannix
  • $10 bookstore giftcard: Patrick Gaynor

Congratulations Bonnie & Patrick