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Give Us Your Feedback on Bloomsbury

Please let us know what you think

We have a free trial to Bloomsbury Collections, an eBook platform with thousands of titles across a large range of arts, humanities, and social sciences, including many legal titles. We would like your feedback.

Over the next few weeks, please take some time to explore the platform and its content. Your input will help us decide whether we add Bloomsbury Collections to our offerings.

If you are on campus, you can access it directly at bloomsburycollections.com. For remote access, please use this link to log on with your library barcode and PIN.

Please direct any feedback or questions to (413) 782 1457 or reference.request@wne.edu, 

Happy New Year!

Spring is here

We hope you enjoyed a festive and restful break and that your semester gets off to a great start. Stop by; we're here if you need anything!

Database Cheetah Changes Name To VitalLaw

Cheetah is being renamed to VitalLaw as of Monday, November 1.

Current links to Cheetah should redirect without any issues.

Per a blog post on the topic:

For Cheetah subscribers, the changes will be largely cosmetic for now. They will be able to log in with the same credentials, follow the same workflows and links, and the platform will look much as it did before, but for the rebranding. There will be no changes to customers’ subscriptions.

If you have any questions, please contact at VitalLaw customer service at vitallawsupport@wolterskluwer.com or the Law Librarians at 413-782-1457, reference.request@wne.edu, or Ask a Law Librarian.

New Fastcase Resource

Check out Fastcase's new features

Users can now access hundreds of millions of Briefs, Pleadings, Motions, and Orders provided by Docket Alarm (a Fastcase company). Now Fastcase users can access Docket Alarm’s 400+ million documents. These include many millions of lawyer-filed documents from our country’s federal and state courts. Now read a Brief Supporting a Motion to Dismiss as easily as you read judicial opinions. In short, Fastcase’s dataset just increased by over 400 million documents. It’s arguably the world’s largest Brief Bank. You’re going to like this.

Many thanks to Pat Newcombe

Full of Gratitude

We at the Law Library would like to wish our director, Pat Newcombe, a very happy first step into her three-year journey to retirement. We thank her for all she has done for the Law Library. She has been a rock (a particularly wise rock, at that), and her leadership has kept us strong and nimble. We will miss her warm presence in the library, but are glad we can still visit her in her new office on the second floor (and certainly hope she’ll continue to visit us).

At the same time, we are thrilled to announce that Nicole Belbin is our Interim Director. We will continue to serve the law school community with the same zeal you know us for, and we look forward to a great school year.

Kindly yours,

The Law Library