This guide brings together resources to help you with research questions that might arise during your summer employment. Anytime you have questions over the summer about any aspect of legal research or using the library, please feel free to ask a librarian! The Ross-Blakley Law Library is open all summer and librarians are available 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri in the reference office, by phone, or by e-mail. You can also make an individual appointment with a librarian through the Law Library webpage.
Summer Use of Westlaw, LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law, and CALI
Your Westlaw password will remain active over the summer for a limited number of research hours. Westlaw does allow full summer access for the following permissible uses:
To extend your Westlaw access
Eligible students will need to register for a password extension and must agree to only use their password for permissible purposes. To register for a password Summer Extension visit: http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/summerextension.asp.
Access to Westlaw for graduates
Graduating students can register for the Westlaw Grad Elite Extension Program that will extend their access to WestlawNext and Westlaw Classic through November 2014 to prepare for the bar exam. To register for the Grad Elite Extension visit http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/gradelite.aspx.
If you have any questions please contact our Westlaw Academic Account Manager, Kristen Knepper, at email@example.com.
You will have unlimited access to your Lexis Advance account over the summer for any use, including paid positions.
Access to Lexis Advance for graduates
Graduating students can register for a Lexis Graduate Program ID that will extend their access through December 2014 to prepare for the bar exam. To register, visit www.lexisnexis.com/grad-access.
If you have any questions please contact our Account Executive, Dana Shimo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will have unlimited access to your Bloomberg Law account during the summer for any use, including paid positions.
Access to Bloomberg Law for Graduates
Graduating students will have unlimited access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation.
If you have any questions, please contact our Bloomberg Law representative, Will Thompson, at email@example.com.
You may use CALI lessons over the summer. Check out the Legal Research and Legal Writing lessons on CALI and make sure to look at the lesson on Arizona Legal Research: Primary Sources, written by our own Beth DiFelice! The access code and registration instructions for CALI can be found in our guide to Using CALI.
Suggested Research Guides from the Law Library
Below are some legal research guides that have been prepared by the Ross-Blakley Reference Librarians. You can also access our full list of Research Guides.
Statutory and Legislative History
Arizona Legal Research
Remote Access to Databases
The following databases are available on the ASU system, including remote access for ASU Law faculty, staff, and students. If you have trouble using any of these databases, please contact a Reference Librarian at Ask a Librarian.
Ravel Law - Ravel Law is a free online legal research tool that provides access to U.S. Supreme Court and federal Circuit Court case law. It allows both keyword and Boolean searching and displays search results in interactive graphical maps that show trends in cases over time as well as how cases relate to each other. By signing up for a free basic Ravel Law account, you can search cases as well as annotate and save cases to return to later. Ravel also offers a Premium account for free to law students. In addition to U.S. Supreme Court and Circuit Court opinions, the Premium account offers access to federal district court cases (1933-present) and state cases (1950-present).
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