Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Using the Library Without Realizing It

"I never use the library: I do all my research online."

Some students might think that they never use the library, but these days you can use the library without being in it or touching its books.

Every time you sign on to LexisNexis or Westlaw, you're using the library. Although law school subscribers don't pay as much as commercial subscribers–they want students to learn their systems–law schools do still have to pay for these services, and the subscriptions are paid and managed by the library.

And of course, you're using the library whenever you use other licensed databases we subscribe to–for instance, LegalTrac, HeinOnline, BNA, RIA Checkpoint, CCH Intelliconnect, ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional).

Even if you stick to free government websites, you might be using the library to get to those sites. If you aren't, you should consider using the great set of links to Free Law Online that the library maintains–it can save you a lot of time!

We're always happy to see you in person in the Reference Office, but remember that you can also send us questions using the "Ask Us!" link on our website.
Even if you aren't using the physical library space, you can ask for help, as well as using our website and licensed databases. 

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