Get Ready for Exams with the Library’s Study Aids Collection

Study Aids

Exams are just around the corner! Whether you’re looking for a helpful guide for outlining or want a summary of the law to reinforce your in-class lectures and readings, the W&L Law Library has study aids for your needs.

Dozens of guides for a wide range of courses are available for 48-hour checkout in the Reserve Room (Third Floor, across from the Circulation Desk). Even more are available to read or download online through West Academic Study Aids, including:

Especially for 1Ls gearing up for first-semester exams, the Library has just updated our popular online guide, Beyond the Text: Study Guides for First-Year Classes. It features study aids on Civil Procedure, Contracts, and Torts, available both online and in our print collection. Also included are past exams from W&L professors, books on how to enjoy and excel in law school, and commercial exam prep resources.

If you have questions about using or finding any of the Library’s resources, please contact us at and a librarian will respond to you promptly.

Good luck with exams!

New ElgarOnline Ebooks Collection for W&L

ElgarOnlineThe W&L Law Library is pleased to announce University-wide access to over 120 full-text ebooks from leading academic publisher Edward Elgar, through the ElgarOnline platform.

The new collection includes electronic versions of 94 titles that the Law Library also owns in print, plus 30 additional open-access titles that are available to all internet users. Books and chapters are viewable online and downloadable in PDF.

The selection includes works on legal, public policy, political, business, and international affairs topics, with several highlights from the W&L Law faculty:

Access to ElgarOnline off campus requires log-in with valid WLU credentials. For an extensive list of ebook collections and other legal research platforms available from the W&L Law Library, see our Databases and Online Resources page.

New Online Guide on World Correctional Institutions in the COVID-19 Pandemic

World Correctional Institutions in the COVID-19 PandemicThe W&L Law Library is pleased to announce a new online research guide on World Correctional Institutions in the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In April 2020, W&L Law professor Nora Demleitner asked the Law Library to begin tracking how COVID-19 is affecting correctional institutions around the world. With the UCLA Law Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project already compiling information on U.S. jails and prisons, Prof. Demleitner, a scholar of international and comparative law, sought to expand data collection to foreign countries.

Franklin Runge, Head of User Services at W&L Law Library, and his team of McThenia Research Assistants were up to the task. They developed a site on the LibGuide platform that is freely available to researchers worldwide.

“Our approach is to start small and slowly add countries in which RAs are fluent in the language and can find and comprehend the data,” says Runge. “The goal is to provide an ‘apples to apples’ comparison between countries. That said, some correctional regimes are radically different and data distribution is not uniform.”

As of October 2020, the guide has resource pages for eight countries: Belarus, Colombia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, and Ukraine. The pages are updated as new data becomes available, and more countries may be added in the future.

The guide is the most recent in the Library’s collection of LibGuides on researching legal subjects, finding and using materials, and conducting legal research. If you have feedback or questions, or a suggestion for a new LibGuide that the Law Library might offer, please email us at