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Finals Success with Study Aids!

The Law Library has many resources you can access online to help you prepare for your exams, including past examsLexisNexis Digital Library eBooks, West Academic, and CALI.

Information on how to access these resources can be found here.

 Contact the Law Library at 413-782-1616 and we will help you!

So you have a study buddy?

And the winner is... B Rogers. Thank you to everyone who entered.

We thought a contest would be a good way to wrap up this semester. The Law Library staff misses seeing everyone in their favorite study space preparing for exams. If you have one of the study buddies we handed out at the beginning of the year, snap a pic of the two of you in your new study space between now and May 7, and send it along with your name and contact information to nbelbin@law.wne.edu for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. Don’t have an official Law Library study buddy? No problem. Just send a pic of you and your favorite study buddy. One winner will be randomly drawn on May 7 at 4:00 pm.

 Arrangements will be made to mail out the prize. The winner will be notified by his or her preferred method of contact and on the Library News page of our website.

 Questions? Contact Nicole Belbin at the above email address.

Here's what is available:

 

West Academic is providing complimentary school-wide access to their online study aids through the end of the semester.  This includes the following series: Acing Series, Black Letter Outlines, Concise Hornbook Series, Hornbooks, Law School Legends Audio, Nutshells, Short & Happy Guides, and Sum & Substance Audio

 Please follow the below instructions for accessing the study aids in preparation for finals.

For those who already have a West Academic account: Please sign-in at subscription.westacademic.com and verify your school email address.

For those who do not have a West Academic account: 

  1. Go to westacademic.com
  2. Click ‘Create an Account’ in the upper right-hand corner and follow the prompts
  3. Setup your account, sign-in and verify your school email address

 Need help? Contact West Academic Technical Support at 877-888-1330, select option #4 or email  support@westacademic.com.

30 Day Trial For Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe is offering a free 30 day trial of Adobe Acrobat Pro Document Cloud (DC).

To take advantage of this offer, follow this link and choose the trial account. Choosing the full account will prompt for a registration code, which you will not have. 

 Apart from the time limit, this trial version behaves exactly as the full version of Acrobat Pro DC. 

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. 

Bluebook
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
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

 

 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.

Westlaw:

You can use Westlaw over the summer for non-commercial research. You cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client.

 Bloomberg Law:

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

Access After Graduation

Lexis Advance

All 2020 graduates can continue using their student accounts until December 31, 2020. Additionally, graduates who login to lexisnexis.com/LawSchool after July 5th will receive access to one of four free gifts from Lexis Advance: Law360, Lexis Practice Advisor, Lexis for Microsoft Office, or one of 13 LexisNexis eBooks. There are no use restrictions on graduates using Lexis Advance.
 

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.

Westlaw

You can use Westlaw until November 30th. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage per month. While you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages you to use these tools to build your knowledge of the law and prepare for your bar exam. Graduating students should begin seeing a message that prompts them to join Grad Elite in the near future.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law has announced that 2020 graduating law students will have unrestricted access to the database through June 1, 2021.

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.

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.