Annual Book Cake Wednesday, April 11 at 4 pm!

Library Week book cake monitor 2018

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New York Times Online Available to JMLS Community

The JMLS library has joined a consortium of law libraries to provide access to the New York Times online. Access is now available to current students as well as full time faculty and staff.

For more information, visit the reference desk during normal reference hours in person on the 6th floor, by phone at 312-427-2737 x729, by e-mail at, by text at 312-854-2752, or via chat from the library homepage.

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How Can HeinOnline Help You?

Looking for a law review article, an old federal statute, or a historical treaty? You can find all of these and considerably more in HeinOnline. HeinOnline is a database that is best known for its collection of law reviews and journals—to access a specific journal, click on the catalog tab above the search bar and enter the name of the journal you’re looking for.

As you can see in the image below, HeinOnline also provides access to a wide range of other primary and secondary legal material, including U.S. federal materials, practice area-specific resources, and cross disciplinary resources on topics such as women and the law and slavery in the U.S.A. and abroad. There is a series of helpful videos on Hein’s YouTube page, and if you have questions about using HeinOnline, please visit the reference desk, call us at 312-427-2737 x729, or send us a message using the “Ask a Librarian” function on the library homepage (available M-F, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.).


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Reference Desk Closed on Saturday, March 17

The reference desk will not be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 as it has been so far this semester. The desk will be staffed on following Saturdays for the rest of the semester (through May 19).

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Finals Snack Schedule

Finals snacks all Dec2017

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Saturday, December 2: Reference Desk Will Be Staffed from 9 to 3

This Saturday, December 2, the reference desk will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in deviation from our normal hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Otherwise, library hours are unaffected.

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Exam Preparation Resources

Exams start December 1, and while you’re getting into your outlining, what else might you be doing to prepare?

One of the most helpful ways to practice answering exam-type questions is to check out the Academic Success collection on the 6th floor of the library. It contains a number of materials like Examples & Explanations and Q&As that offer practice essay and multiple choice questions that can help you anticipate what sorts of questions you might see on your exams.

Also, the library provides access to an exam database that you can use by logging in with your JMLS user name and password. Many of the exams in this database are on the older side, so it may not hurt to check your Moodle pages for resources provided directly by your professor.

Finally, CALI Lessons can be a great way to brush up on concepts that are still unclear to you. If you need a CALI registration code, you can get one at the reference desk.

If you have any questions feel free to visit the reference desk on the 6th floor or email Philip Johnson at

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Library Book Sale Continues – Now a Giveaway!

We need to get rid of these books! Come snatch ‘em up for free.

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Summer Use of Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law

Both continuing students and spring 2017 graduates can continue to access Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg. Here is a breakdown of what, if anything, you need to do to make that happen:


  • Continuing students may continue to access Westlaw for non-commercial purposes through the summer, and unlike last year you do not need to take any steps for this to be effective. Permissible uses include coursework, summer research assistant assignments, law journal research, and other academic work.
  • Graduating students can extend access through Westlaw’s Grad Elite program for 6 months. You should receive an email about it, and you can find more information here: If you have further questions, please contact our Westlaw rep, Tami Carson.

Lexis Advance

  • Continuing students may use Lexis Advance for any purpose, including work, throughout the summer.
  • Graduating students will have full access to Lexis Advance through December 31, 2017. If you have further questions, please contact our Lexis rep, Carter Isham.

Bloomberg Law

  • Continuing students may use Bloomberg Law for any purpose, including work, throughout the summer.
  • Graduating students will have unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law for 6 months after graduation.

If you have any questions about this, please contact

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Student Circulation Assistant Position Available for the Summer

Would you like to make some walking around money this summer? Consider applying to be a circulation assistant for 10-20 hours per week, $12 per hour. The position runs from June 12 to July 28 with an opportunity to reapply at the end of the term. To apply, send a cover letter and résumé to Phyllis Finney at

Sample job responsibilities include:

  • Staffing the library circulation desk and assisting patrons.
  • Assisting with ongoing bar coding and inventory projects, including entering records into the library catalog.
  • Shelving books in accordance with the Library of Congress call number system, filing loose-leaf publications, and “shelf-reading” to ensure the collection remains in proper call number order.
  • Shifting, packing, and/or discarding materials throughout the library.

Note that you must have completed 29 credit hours for spring semester employment, and you must be eligible to participate in the Federal Work Study Program.

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