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:

Westlaw

  • 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: https://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/gradelite.aspx/. 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 pjohnso@jmls.edu.

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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 8finney@jmls.edu.

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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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 library@jmls.edu, by text at 312-854-2752, or via chat from the library homepage.

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Exam Preparation Resources

Exams start May 8, and while you’re getting into your outlining, what else might you be doing to prepare?

One of the most helpful ways to synthesize course material and get a feel for what your professors may throw your way is to look at old exams. The library provides access to an exam database that you can use by logging in with your JMLS user name and password. If your professors’ exams aren’t in the database, exams on the same subject from other professors may be useful – and it never hurts to check with your professors for practice exams that they might not have provided to the library.

Additionally, the Academic Success collection on the 6th floor of the library 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.

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 pjohnso@jmls.edu.

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Finals Snacks!

Need some snacks? The library will be providing noshes at the following times over the next week:

  • Monday, May 8 (8 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 9 (2 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May (10 a.m.)
  • Thursday, May 11 (2 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 15 (8 a.m.)

Depending on the day we’ll have bananas and doughnuts or cookies, and coffee all around! Come on by the 6th floor to keep your blood sugar up.

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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.).

HeinOnline

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Library Week Book Cake – This Thursday at 4

Library Week book cake monitor 2017

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The Book Sale Is On – 50 Cents Each

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The library book sale has begun. We have a large number of books, including study guides and non-legal volumes, for sale this semester!Where: the 6th floor of the Library. All books are 50¢—cash and checks only, please.

 

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The John Marshall Library Celebrates Women’s History Month

Women's History Month 2017 DIsplay

March is Women’s History Month, so please stop by the library and enjoy the display on the 6th floor by the elevators. The display, curated by Phyllis Finney, features a variety of books, images, and quotes highlighting the important role of women in the law and in a more general context.

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The John Marshall Law School Celebrates Black History Month

Each year Phyllis Finney, the library circulation coordinator, heads up Black History Month for the Louis L. Biro Library at the John Marshall Law School along with Professor Kevin Hopkins. Phyllis commemorates and celebrates the contributions of people of African descent to our nation.  This year Finney chose the theme of African American chefs, their recipes, and where it all began. Students, faculty and staff, and alumni are encouraged to stop by the 6th floor of the library to check out the display.

2017 History

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