Happy Ratification Day!

Under Article VII of the U.S. Constitution: “The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.” On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, allowing it to become the nation’s governing document.

Want to learn more about Constitutional History?  Two sources for GMUSL patrons to explore are:

HeinOnline’s Legal Classics Library:  Includes more than 2,700 works “from some of the greatest legal minds in history.” The collection focuses on constitutional law, comparative law, and political science.  Browse by  title, name, author, or subject.

The Making of Modern Law Primary Sources, 1620-1926:  Searchable digital archive that includes published records of the American colonies and state constitutional conventions.

Survey Response: Can the Library Provide Access to Pacer?

Many suggested that we provide access to PACER, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, so that students can download litigation documents, such as complaints and motions, in federal court cases. We do provide PACER access! Because the library pays a charge for every page downloaded, we ask you to see a Reference Librarian for assistance in using PACER for academic purposes (class, note, journal, etc.).

What’s more, though, all PACER documents are available for free to academic users through Bloomberg Law. Search Dockets on BLaw. Be sure to “Update” your docket at the top of the page. Download the document(s) you want. When the notice of PACER fees pops up, ignore it, and submit your document request. BLaw does not charge academic users to retrieve these documents. The document will arrive in your email inbox within moments.

Congratulations Graduates!

The law library staff congratulates 2012 George Mason University School of Law Graduates!

Please remember that library services continue to be available to you after graduation. Student IDs are valid through October 8, 2012—so recent grads may reserve study rooms, check out books (until Sept. 30), and use the computer labs.

The library is open to the public, so please feel free to use our print resources and publicly available databases (includes in-library access to Keycite, Shepards, Bloomberg Law, and Westlaw Patron Access Terminals).  Reference librarians are also happy to assist you in person, by phone, or via email.

Best of Luck Class of 2012!!



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.


Lexis Advance Launch

Lexis Advance has announced special programs for GMUSL Students next week:

ID Registration: Receive a $5 Starbucks gift card for registering your Lexis Advance ID

Lexis Advance Table Day 2/14

o Stop by to register your ID, pick up your $5 Starbucks gift card, and enjoy some snacks!

Lexis Advance Classes with pizza and Camelbak water bottles!

o Wednesday, 2/15 at 11:45 in room 332

o Wednesday, 2/15 at 5:00 PM in room 221

o Thursday, 2/16 at 11:45 in room 332

o Thursday, 2/16 at 5:00 PM in room 332

o Pizza will only be ordered for those who register. To register, go to www.lexis.com/lawschool, click the My School tab, and then select the session that works best for you.

· Lexis Advance Raffle

o By registering your Lexis Advance ID and attending a Lexis Advance class, you will be entered into a raffle for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Can’t Find the Email with Your Bloomberg Law Password?

If you cannot find the email sent January 18 with your Bloomberg Law password, follow these instructions. Go to Bloomberglaw.com. In the far, upper right corner, click on “Forgot User Name or Password?” Enter your gmu.edu email address. BLaw will email you your user name. Then, go to the “Forgot User Name or Password?” link again to retrieve your password using your user name. It sounds like a hassle, but it isn’t bad. The emails come nearly instantaneously, and the BLaw user name and password retrieval system is easy to use. If you still have trouble, contact Melanie Oberlin at moberlin@gmu.edu