A number of survey responders were—not surprisingly—unhappy with the end of free Westlaw printing. This change was made by Westlaw, and the company has discontinued free print services at all law schools. Lexis continues to offer free printing from Lexis Advance.
One positive spin on this is that Westlaw and other major legal research databases provide robust features for saving and storing your research (i.e. folders, workspaces) that can both help you organize your work and save some trees! If you need assistance using any of these features, please stop by the Reference Office.
Students commented on the availability and currency of our study aids. Here’s what we have available:
Digital Study Aids:
Once again we are offering all students free access to West Academic Study Aids. There are more than 470 titles here including Nutshell Series, Gilbert Law Summaries, and Concise Hornbook Series. New this year: our subscription now includes 40 titles from the West Hornbook Series!
Print Study Aids:
- Examples and Explanations
- Questions and Answers
- Concise Hornbooks
We have the majority of available titles in each of these series. At least one copy of the current edition is kept on reserve and additional copies, including earlier editions, are available in the stacks. In response to student demand, we have purchased duplicate copies of many of the most popular titles.
- Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series
- Sum & Substance CDs
We have the most current editions of the majority of these CDs. Unfortunately, these collections are rarely updated by the publishers. All these items are kept on reserve.
Yes! Over the summer, the wireless access points in Hazel Hall were doubled. Also, strategic placement of these access points has eliminated dead zones. Wireless users should be experiencing enhanced wifi performance.
However, if you do experience wifi problems please contact a member of the Technology Services Staff.
A huge thank you to the more than 100 law students who completed the 2013 Survey of Law Library and Technology Services. Every response has been read by the library and technology staff, and we appreciate your valuable feedback and suggestions.
Check back here in the upcoming weeks for responses to some of the commonly raised issues in the survey responses. Also, we are happy to receive comments about our services throughout the year either through our online suggestion form or in person. Please contact Debbie Shrager, Reference and Outreach Services Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, comments, or concerns.
These are just a few of the more than 30 “law school survival guides” available in the library, on reserve. Please take a look at the circulation desk display.
Fall Regular Hours Aug. 11 – Nov. 26
Sunday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Mon.-Thurs. 8:00am – 11:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 10:00pm
The law library has a number of books that may be of interest to newer grads and practitioners covering topics including: career success, workplace tips, alternative careers, and advice for job seekers. Currently many of these titles are on display at the circulation desk.
GMUSL ’13 graduates may check out books from the law library until September 30 .
During the Summer, GMUSL students have the following legal database access:
- Bloomberg Law: Unlimited, unrestricted access.
- Lexis: Unlimited access for work (paid or unpaid) and academic purposes using a Lexis Advance ID.
- Westlaw: Limited access June 1-July 31. Students retain access to all TWEN courses and materials. 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, and unpaid, nonprofit public-interest internship/externship work required for graduation. Summer passwords may not be used for research for law firms, government agencies, corporations or other purposes unrelated to law school coursework.
During the Summer, 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