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 lawref@wlu.edu 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 LawRef@wlu.edu.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Reading List

RBG - A Reading ListIn recognition of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the W&L Law Library has updated our popular online guide to texts written by and about the late Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Reading List.

The guide was first published on the occasion of Justice Ginsburg’s visit to VMI and W&L Law in February 2017. It highlights the most prominent RBG biographies and quotation books published from 2012 to the present day.

Also included are many of Ginsburg’s most notable opinions and dissents as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, as well as information on her 1993 nomination and confirmation, and the six cases she argued before the Court as an attorney in the 1970s.

The RBG Reading List is part of the W&L Law Library’s collection of LibGuides on researching legal subjects, finding and using materials, and conducting legal research. If you have any feedback or questions about the guide, or a suggestion for a new LibGuide that we might offer, please email us at LawRef@wlu.edu.

Fall Training: Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg Law

Representatives from the three major legal research platforms are offering training sessions for W&L Law students in the upcoming weeks. All 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls are welcome to attend.

All training sessions will all be virtual this semester, via WebEx or Zoom. Each is scheduled for 30 minutes. Please review the times and topics below and follow the links to register.

We in the Law Library urge you to take every opportunity to learn about these valuable tools. Please contact us at LawRef@wlu.edu with any questions or concerns.


Mon. 9/7 – 1-1:30 p.m. – Lexis: Intro to Lexis+ & Secondary Sources (Zoom link)
Wed. 9/9 – 12-12:30 p.m. – Bloomberg Law: Intro to Bloomberg Law (Register link)
Fri. 9/11 – 1:30-2 p.m. – Lexis: Intro to Lexis+ & Secondary Sources (Zoom link)

Mon. 9/14 – 1-1:30 p.m. – Lexis: Statutes & Judicial Opinions (Zoom link)
Wed. 9/16 – 12-12:30 p.m. – Lexis: Statutes & Judicial Opinions (Zoom link)
Fri. 9/18 – 1:30-2 p.m. – Bloomberg Law: Intro to Bloomberg Law (Register link)

Mon. 9/21 – 1-1:30 p.m. – Westlaw: Secondary Materials & Statute Research (Register link)
Wed. 9/23 – 12-12:30 p.m. – Lexis: Shepard’s Citator (Zoom link)
Fri. 9/25 – 1:30-2 p.m. – Westlaw: Case Law Research & KeyCite Citator (Register link)

Mon. 9/28 – 1-1:30 p.m. – Lexis: Advanced Searching (Zoom link)
Wed. 9/30 – 12-12:30 p.m. – Lexis: Advanced Searching (Zoom link)
Fri. 10/2 – 1:30-2 p.m. – Lexis: Advanced Searching (Zoom link)

New Online Guide for Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism Resources

Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism Resources
W&L Libraries LibGuide on Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism Resources

The W&L Law Library is pleased to announce a new online research guide on Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism Resources.

The guide is a collaboration between the Law Library and W&L University Library, and brings together resources on racism and violence against Black people in the United States to support curricular and extracurricular efforts to oppose racism. It includes information about and links to a diverse range of fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, biographies, poetry, films, and online resources, all specially selected for their value in the ongoing study and discussion of race and racism in America.

The guide on Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism Resources was created with the W&L community in mind. If you have any questions, suggestions, or other feedback on the guide, please email the Law Library at LawRef@wlu.edu or the University Library at library@wlu.edu.

New Online Guide for Docket and Court Records Research

The W&L Law Library is pleased to debut a new online research guide on Federal and State Docket Research.

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. It highlights the best resources for court docket and records information, including subscription products like Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, and HeinOnline, which W&L and other law schools provide for their students and faculty, as well as free resources available to anyone.

The Federal and State Docket Research guide was compiled by W&L Law Library Director and Professor of Practice Alex Zhang. If you have any feedback or questions about the guide, or a suggestion for a new LibGuide that our library might offer, please email us at LawRef@wlu.edu.

 

Racial Justice in America: Some Reading Recommendations

A new display at the W&L Law Library features books recommended by the Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project.

The eleven titles include non-fiction, fiction, history, and biography, and are recognized as valuable in helping law school communities understand and address the complex issues of systemic racism in our society and criminal justice system.

The Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project was formed in the spring of 2020 by law school deans and members of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS):

By creating a space for our collective voices as leaders of law schools to engage our institutions in the fight for justice and equality, we strive to focus our teaching, scholarship, service, activism, programming, and initiatives on strategies to eradicate racism.

Find more information and suggested resources at the Project’s website, https://www.aals.org/antiracist-clearinghouse.

Also on display are titles from the W&L Law Library collection that contribute context, insight, and proposals in the ongoing nationwide discussion of racial justice in America.

All titles are linked below to WorldCat.org where you can find them at a library near you.

Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project Recommended Books

  • The Space Traders (2001), by Derrick Bell (in Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, Sheree R. Thomas ed.)

W&L Law Library Recommended Books

#SummerStrategy Webinar: Dockets & Legal News / Legal Research in Practice – June 8

All 2020 W&L Law grads, rising 3Ls, and 2Ls are welcome to attend a webinar co-hosted by the Law Library and Office of Career Strategy, from 4 to 5pm EDT on Monday, June 8.

Helpful topics for your summer work will include dockets, legal news resources, and “real world” legal research with expert practitioner panelists.

See details below. Email ldamelio@wlu.edu for the info to join via Zoom.

Hope to see you there!

New Washington and Lee Law Journal Rankings Now Online

The 2019 Washington and Lee Law Journal Rankings are now available at go.wlu.edu/lawjournals.

Maintained by the W&L Law Library, the Rankings are a world-recognized resource for identifying and comparing law journals by subject, country of publication, or rank across several categories relevant to scholars and publishers.

Data for 2019 includes the top 400 U.S.-published law journals and the top 100 law journals published outside the United States, based on citation counts and publication statistics for a 2015-2019 survey period.

New Rankings are released annually based on data up through the preceding calendar year. Historical data from the 1996-2003 to 2014-2018 survey periods remains accessible on the site for reference and comparison.

For more information about W&L Law Journal Rankings, please visit the the How to Use and Methodology pages of the site. Questions and comments are welcome at LawJournalRankings@wlu.edu.