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News and Notes for New Students 2013 – Pt. II

Going into the first weekend of the school year, we’re getting a lot of welcome traffic in the Library and many questions at the reference desks from new students. Here are a few of the most common, complete with answers:

Where are the U.S. Code and/or state code books that I need for my LRW assignment?
The official United States Code and its annotated forms (U.S.C.A. and U.S.C.S.) are located in the Williams Reading Room, along with other federal primary law materials. The Guide to Resources in Williams Reading Room (look in your Library orientation folder for a printed copy) will show you more precisely where each set is.

To locate a state statutory code, first see the Library’s research guide for the state (browse the alphabetical list of all guides). In the state’s guide, find the section for “Statutes & Legislation” – there are links to the relevant databases on Westlaw and Lexis, plus the call number for the printed code in the Library. Use the locations guide on the Library website or the maps on the touchscreen displays (Williams circulation desk and Wolff lower level) to determine the call number location in the building.

Where can I find a good study guide or supplement for Civ Pro/Torts/Contracts, etc.?
You can use the Library’s online Treatise Finder to see the titles our librarians have identified as exceptional in their field – both study aids and more in-depth scholarly and practitioner-oriented works.

A wide selection of current-edition hornbooks, nutshells, and other study aids is available in Reading Room Reserve, on the second floor of the Williams Library. These materials don’t circulate, but you’re welcome to use them within the Williams reading room. Be sure to look in the Library catalog for older editions of books in Reading Room Reserve – many are now part of the general collection in the stacks and can be checked out. Audio/visual study aids on CD/DVD are at the Williams Circulation Desk, and are available for three-hour check out.

For self-paced review on dozens of legal topics including all first-year subjects, check out CALI – Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. Visit the Reference Desk in Williams or Wolff to get a free DVD containing current CALI lessons, plus a password to access lessons online at www.cali.org/lesson.

When is the Library open?
A comprehensive calendar of Library hours for the Williams and Wolff buildings, reference services, and circulation desks is on the Library’s website (on the homepage, click on “About the Library” on the left, then the “Hours” link that appears below it on the next page). To quickly see today’s hours, scroll to the bottom of any page on the website – they’re to the right of the map. Please note that circulation desk hours differ from those for the Library buildings: If you’re in the Library late at night or early in the morning, be sure to plan accordingly for checking out items.

I’m interested in working at the Library. How can I find out more about student jobs?
Throughout the year, there are numerous opportunities for student employment in the Library – for example, working at the Williams or Wolff circulation desks, or helping with faculty research as an assistant for Library Research Services. As jobs become available, openings may be posted in the Law Center’s weekly “What’s Happening” newsletter, both online and posted around campus. You can also always inquire with the Library’s Executive Officer, Tracey Thomas, at thomast@law.georgetown.edu. The Library wouldn’t run without our student employees, and we’d be delighted to have you join us!

Have other questions?
Of course you do! Let us know at the reference desks (contact us), and check the Law Library blog, Facebook page, and Twitter page often for answers and other useful info.

News and Notes for New Students 2013 – Pt. I

Around the Library, we’ve been fielding lots of questions from incoming students. We’re happy to provide the answers you seek! Below is information in response to some of the most common queries presented by students new to Georgetown Law Library (for additional info, be sure to check out our For New Students webpage). Take note, and tell a friend!

When are tours of the Library?
Guided tours with our librarians are the best way to get acquainted with the services and facilities of the Williams Law Library. Tours will last 30 minutes; please meet in the Williams atrium (entrance area) at one of the times below. Please note that, to keep tours effective and manageable, students beyond the first 50 to arrive for one tour time will be asked to return at another convenient scheduled time.

• Monday, August 26 – 4:30 pm
• Tuesday, August 27 – 11:00 am, 3:30 pm
• Wednesday, August 28 – Noon, 1:00 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:15 pm
• Thursday, August 29 – 10:00 am, 3:45 pm, 4:30 pm
• Friday, August 30 – 10:30 am, 1:45 pm

A self-guided tour of the Wolff International & Comparative Law Library, in the Hotung building, is available to download on the Library’s For New Students webpage.

When will I get my Westlaw/TWEN, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law accounts?
Registration materials for LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are included in the Library folders you’ll receive during Orientation. Folders will be distributed to incoming LLM, visiting, and transfer students on Monday 8/26. First-year JD students will receive theirs during the “Overview of Georgetown Law Library and Technology Resources” sessions in Hart Auditorium at 3:30 and 5:00 on Wednesday 8/28. After Orientation week, folders and account activation codes will be available at the Reference Desks in Williams and Wolff for students who have misplaced or didn’t receive theirs.

How do I access TWEN to prepare for my first class?
Some professors post course materials on TWEN (The West Education Network) for students to review prior to the first day of class. Because TWEN is part of Westlaw, you’ll first need to obtain and register your Westlaw password (see previous question). Once you’ve successfully logged in at http://lawschool.westlaw.com, follow the instructions through the TWEN link at the very top of the page and you should be all set.

Where are restrooms/printers/computers/past exams in the Library?
You can easily find the locations of all major facilites, services, and collections in the Library, using either our online maps at www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/maps (note the menu of specific maps and features in the gray navigation bar at left) or any of the touchscreen display monitors arranged throughout the Library (at the Williams Circulation Desk, 4th Floor Central stacks entrance, Special Collections off the Williams Reading Room, and Wolff lower level by the staircase). Printed maps are also available at the Circulation Desks in both Williams and Wolff.

Have other questions?
Of course you do! Let us know at the Reference Desks (contact us), and check the Law Library blog often for answers and other useful info. You can also stop by the Library’s table at the Vendor and Information Fair, Wednesday 8/28 between noon and 5:30pm in the McDonough 3rd floor atrium.

Alerts Now Available on WestlawNext

As of July 22, WestlawNext academic accounts now include the “Alerts” feature, which helps keep you updated via email on new information that you choose to track – from news sources, court dockets, KeyCite reports, selected authors or publications, and more.

Existing alerts set up in Westlaw Classic will be migrated automatically to the new interface on WestlawNext by July 25. Following a successful transfer, alerts will then be turned off on Westlaw Classic. (If a Westlaw Classic alert is running in content not yet migrated to WestlawNext, then that alert will remain running and modifiable in Classic until the content is migrated to WestlawNext.)

The Alerts platform is accessible through a link at the top right of any page in WestlawNext:

WestlawNext Alerts

For more information about using alerts on WestlawNext, please see Westlaw’s website or download their informational PDF. Also feel free to contact the reference desk for assistance, or get in touch with our Westlaw Account Manager, Pedro de Lencastre, at pedro.delencastre@thomsonreuters.com.

Free Westlaw Printing Ends June 30

As announced last semester, Westlaw will discontinue no-cost printing at law schools nationwide this summer. Printing to the dedicated Westlaw printers in Williams, Wolff, and elsewhere at the Law Center will end on Sunday, June 30.

The printers will no longer appear in the selection menus in WestlawNext and Westlaw Classic, although the option to send a job to a printer attached to your computer will remain:

WestlawNext print menu

Shortly after the printers go offline, they will be removed from their current locations and be repurposed at the Law Center.

As an alternative to printing, both Westlaw platforms offer numerous free options for downloading and emailing documents in PDF, Word, and other formats. WestlawNext additionally lets you export content to Kindle, and has numerous tools for annotating and organizing your documents online see Westlaw’s tips on using notes and folders.

Printing to Lexis printers at the Law Center remains functional and free, although only content from Lexis Advance may be sent to them. Free printing from Lexis.com ended on June 22.

Questions? Contact the reference desk or Westlaw Academic Account Manager Pedro de Lencastre at pedro.delencastre@thomsonreuters.com for assistance. For more information on using Westlaw and other major legal research platforms at Georgetown Law, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/services-policies/lexis-westlaw.cfm.

New Log-in Portal for Lexis Advance and Lexis.com

On June 22, Lexis completed the previously announced migration to a single log-in system for Lexis Advance and Lexis.com, now accessible through the Lexis Law Schools home page. All academic Lexis.com IDs and passwords will no longer function.

It is still possible to access Lexis.com through the Advance main landing page (although some features have now been removed from Lexis.com, including Alerts, Research History, and free printing from the Lexis printers at the Law Center). Below are instructions to help you navigate the new log-in procedure.

First, here’s the new login page you should see at www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool:

Lexis Log In

Once logged in, you’ll see the new Law Schools landing page – click the “Go to Lexis Advance” button or enter a search to proceed to the Lexis Advance main landing page:

law schools home

To access Lexis.com from the Advance landing page, 1) click the red “Research” tab near the top left of the page, and 2) choose “lexis.com” from the dropdown menu:

Advance landing page

You may then see a screen confirming that you’re logging in to Lexis.com, followed by the Lexis.com landing page, with the “Legal” tab selected by default:

Lexis.com

If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions about the new Lexis single log-in system, feel free to contact the reference desk or our Lexis account executive, Lori Sorenson, at lori.sorenson@lexisnexis.com. For more information on using Lexis and other major legal research platforms at Georgetown Law, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/services-policies/lexis-westlaw.cfm.

Extended Lexis Access for Graduates

Lexis logo

Lexis has recently announced two programs that will allow spring 2013 graduates to enjoy extended access to the full range of content and tools on Lexis Advance – perfect for those studying for the bar or job hunting.

All new JD and LLM graduates may apply for a special account through the Lexis Law School Graduate Program anytime between now and December 31, 2013. Once activated, the account will remain active through December 31, and may be used for educational, bar review, and job-search purposes only. Please note that this program will not extend existing Lexis Law School accounts, but rather create a new ID for each registered graduate.

Graduates conducting verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work may instead sign up for the Lexis ASPIRE Program, which will permit job-related access to Lexis Advance for the duration of the public interest work, even if beyond December.

All May graduates’ Lexis Advance accounts will continue to function fully through July 31, and continuing students will also automatically enjoy full access to Lexis Advance throughout the summer. No application process is required for these extensions.

See the library’s page on Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law for details on summer and new grad extended access on all of these platforms.

Extended Westlaw Access for New Grads

Westlaw logo

Westlaw has recently announced that spring 2013 graduates will be able to enjoy access to the full range of content on WestlawNext and Westlaw Classic through the end of November – perfect for those studying for the bar or job hunting.

Graduating students can extend their access by registering for Westlaw’s Grad Program. Once registered, May graduates will retain access to Westlaw through November 2013. Although all content is included, please note that this extension will be limited in the number of hours allowed per month. All graduates will also automatically retain access to a number of career-related databases for 18 months following graduation.

Continuing students involved in academic or non-profit research can also take advantage of full Westlaw access through the summer by registering for a password extension.

See the library’s page on Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law for details on summer and new grad extended access on all of these platforms.

NEW: Bibliography for the Equal Justice Film Festival

To supplement this spring’s successful Equal Justice Film Festival and encourage further research and exploration, the Georgetown Law Library has compiled a brief bibliography of resources, including books, scholarly articles, and other films on related topics.

You can view or download it in PDF: Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival – A Concise Bibliography.

For more information about the films and speakers that were part of the series, see the Film Festival website at www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/125/filmfestival.cfm.

Equal Justice Film Festival: West of Memphis – Tuesday, April 23

West of Memphis poster

Please join the Friends of the Law Library, National Equal Justice Library, The Innocence Project, Georgetown Criminal Law Association, the Georgetown chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, and Law Docs at the latest co-sponsored Law at the Movies event, part of the ongoing Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival:

Movie: West of Memphis (2013)
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 6:00pm (refreshments & seating), showtime 6:30pm
Location: Hart Auditorium, Georgetown University Law Center

This screening is free and open to the public – map and directions.

A 2012 Sundance selection, West of Memphis tells the infuriating, inspiring story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. The film lays bare the flawed police examination into the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys, and goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the three teenagers who spent 18 years in prison for the crimes, one facing execution and two life-imprisonment, until released in 2011.

After the screening, stay for a discussion of the film and the real cases it portrays with Stephen Braga, Georgetown Law alumnus, adjunct professor, and lead attorney in representing the “West Memphis Three.”

For information on other upcoming events in the Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/125/filmfestival.cfm.

To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library program and the benefits of becoming a member, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/visitors/friends.

Equal Justice Film Festival: Gideon’s Army – Friday, April 19

Gideon's Army poster

Please join the Friends of the Law Library, National Equal Justice Library, The Innocence Project, Georgetown Criminal Law Association, the Georgetown chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, and Law Docs at the latest co-sponsored Law at the Movies event, part of the ongoing Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival:

Movie: Gideon’s Army (2013)
Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
Time: 6:00pm (refreshments & seating), showtime 6:30pm
Location: Hart Auditorium, Georgetown University Law Center

This screening is free and open to the public map and directions.

A 2013 Sundance award winning documentary by Georgetown Law alumna Dawn Porter, Gideon’s Army follows the personal stories of three young public defenders in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon v. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers and their colleagues revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?

After the screening, stay for a discussion of the film and its context, led by:

  • Jo-Ann Wallace, President and CEO, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
  • Abbe Smith, Director, Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic; Co-Director, E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program; Professor of Law
  • Alec Karakatsanis, Attorney, Special Litigation Division, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

For information on other upcoming events in the Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/125/filmfestival.cfm.

To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library program and the benefits of becoming a member, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/visitors/friends.