Law Library Hosts “Cool Tools” Session
On Tuesday, December 19, Loyola Law Library’s Access Services Department hosted a “Cool Tools” session in the Law Library Lounge area to demonstrate interesting databases and graphic design resources.
- Lucy Robbins, the Law Library’s Head of Access Services, informed our guests that they have access to ProQuest’s Ancestry Library, a version of the popular genealogical research Web site Ancestry.com, through a University Libraries subscription.
- Library Assistant Kelsey Cutlip demonstrated how to use Canva, a free online software tool, to create graphic designs.
- Nicole Anderson, our Cataloging Assistant, gave a presentation on IIT’s interactive Voices of the Holocaust database, a searchable archive that includes oral histories, maps, and other research resources
- Library Assistant Sara Calkins showed four online archives:
- The Chicago History Museum, which includes access to image files and to the Encyclopedia of Chicago
- SAIC Digital Library, an institutional repository for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago, which includes access to archival images, books, and oral histories.
- The Poetry Foundation, a database which is searchable by topic or poet.
- CARLI Digital Collections, a repository for digitized content created by member libraries of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) or purchased by the consortium for use by its members.
If you have any questions or would like additional information about any of the resources that were covered, please feel free to contact us!
Library Hours and Access for Final Exams
- Restricted Access
The Law Library is on restricted access from Friday, November 17th through Friday, December 15th. During this time, only Law School students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and current Paralegal students will be given full access to the Law Library. All other students will be able to check out materials only. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Extended Study Hours
The Law Library will have extended hours for final exams on December 1st through 3rd and 8th through 10th. With extended hours, the Law Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday, November 27th through Thursday, December 14th.
- Check here for the full calendar hours. (“here” linking to this page: https://www.luc.edu/law/library/about/calendarhours/)
- Study Rooms
As a courtesy to other students, it is especially important during finals that students follow proper policies and procedures for reserving study rooms:
- Study rooms may only be reserved for two or more law students
- Rooms must be reserved with two student signatures at the third floor security desk.
- Rooms may only be reserved for three hours at a time
Law Library Study Aids and Exam Prep Resources for Finals
Through the Library’s Study Aids, Study Skills and Exam Preparation Research Guide and West Academic Study Aids online subscription, the Law Library provides access to hundreds of study aids designed to help students study for class and prepare for final exams. The Library provides access to study aids for more than 30 law school subjects. Many of the study aids are available online 24/7 through our West Academic subscription. In addition, the Library provides access to books, both in print and online, specifically designed to help students prepare for and take law school exams, CALI lessons, old exams (via TWEN) and much more.
Law Library Adds New Study Success Titles for New School Year
Students now have access to a number of new study aids and study success titles via the Law Library’s subscription to West Academic Study Aids Online. Recent additions include:
- 1L of a Ride, A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School
- Critical Reading for Success in Law School and Beyond
- Law School Success in a Nutshell
- Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law in a Nutshell.
Students can access these and other titles from anywhere via West Academic Study Aids Online directly or via the link on the Law Library’s A-Z Database List (note – from off campus, students will be prompted to enter their Loyola user name and password in order to access these resources). Students can access all of the Law Library’s study aids and academic success guides via the Law Library’s Study Aids, Study Skills & Exam Preparation Resource Guide.
West Academic Study Aids Subscription Now Includes Audio Lectures
As part of the Law Library’s online West Academic’s Study Aids subscription, students now have access to streaming lectures from West’s Sum and Substance and Law School Legends audio series. Like all titles available via the Library’s subscription, students can access these lectures from anywhere they have an internet connection. These series include streaming lectures from leading scholars on more than 40 law school subjects including all 1L subjects.
To locate audio lectures on a particular subject, choose the subject from the pull-down menus below the search bar on the homepage and then filter by type: Audio Lectures. To see a full list of available audio lectures, scroll down on the home page to the “Now with Audio” box in the left-hand column and click.
For more information contact one of the reference librarians at email@example.com or stop by the reference desk.
Law Librarians to Conduct Legal Research Workshop Series
The Law Library will be running a series of lunchtime legal research workshops during the weeks of April 3 and April 10. If you need a refresher on Illinois legal research, tips on advanced searching techniques, or if you’d like to learn about conducting business and company research or about researching dockets, we’ve got you covered!
Descriptions of each of the workshops (along with links to sign up to attend) are listed below. Lunch will be provided at each of the workshops, but space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible if you are interested in attending any (or all) of these workshops. If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois Legal Research
Tuesday April 4, Noon – 1:00 p.m., Law Library Room 414
Are you working over the summer in a firm or agency that concentrates on Illinois law? If so you should attend this session on Illinois legal resources. This brief session is intended to refresh or reinforce students’ knowledge of primary sources of Illinois law, teach students about secondary sources unique to Illinois and how to locate them, and provide students with tips on conducting cost-effective legal research.
Sign up for Illinois Legal Research at
Advanced Research Tips
Thursday April 6, Noon – 1:00 p.m., Law Library Room 414
Hone your research skills by using better Boolean searches, fields, and filters. With these techniques you will spend less time looking through irrelevant hits in your search results.
Sign up for Advanced Research Tips at
Business and Company Research
Monday, April 10, Noon – 1:00 p.m., Law Library Room 414
Do you know the difference between a 10-K and a 10-Q? Do you know how to locate a sample Illinois general partnership agreement? Summer associates and new attorneys are frequently asked to conduct business intelligence research and locate business forms. In this workshop, you will learn a variety of skills, including how to use Bloomberg Law’s business research tools and the IICLE Smartbooks database to identify Illinois business forms.
Sign up for Business and Company Research at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0544A8A728A0F58-business
Docket Research Workshop
Wednesday, April 12, Noon – 1:00 p.m., Law Library Room 414
Do you need to find out information on a pending case? Do you need to find a sample of a brief, motion, or other court filing? If so, you should attend this session on researching court dockets. In this workshop, you will learn about the different resources available for finding and accessing docket materials.
Sign up for Docket Research at
Library Adds New Law Technology Titles
This semester, for the first time, the Law School is offering a Legal Technology class. This class is being taught by law librarians Joe Mitzenmacher and Tom Keefe. In conjunction with this class, the Law Library has added a number of resources on law practice technology. Students who are interested in becoming more practice-ready may be interested in the following titles:
2016 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide KF 320 .A9 N45, Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek, Law Main Stacks (2016)
Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers, Ernie Svenson, KF 322.S84, Practical Skills Collection (2013)
E-discovery for Everyone, Ralph C. Losey, KF 8902 .E42 L6725, Law Main Stacks (2016)
Law Practice Technology: An Introduction for Law Students, David Whelan ((2015) e-book)
A Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Word 2013 Ben M. Schorr, KF 322.5.M53 S36, Practical Skills Collection (2015)
The Lawyer’s Guide to Working Smarter with Technology Tools, Marc Lauritsen, KF 320 .A9 L38, Law Main Stacks (2010)
Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers, Sharon D. Nelson, David G. Ries, and John W. Simek, KF 320.A9 N45, Law Main Stacks (2016)
Microsoft Office 365 for Lawyers, KF 320.A9 S367, Ben M. Schorr, Practical Skills Collection (2014) (also available as e-book)
Microsoft OneNote in One Hour for Lawyers, Ben M. Schorr, KF 320 A9 S368, Law Main Stacks (2012)
The Paperless Law Office: A Practical Guide to Digitally Powering Your Law Firm, Benjamin F. Yale , KF 318 Y35, Law Main Stacks (2012)
The Power of Legal Project Management: A Practical Handbook, Susan Raridon Lambreth and David A. Ruerr, Jr. KF 318.L255, Law Main Stacks (2015)
Technology Tips for Lawyers and Business Professionals, Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene, KF 320 .A9 A429, Law Main Stacks (2016)
Technology in the Law Office (4th ed.), Thomas F. Goldman, KF 320.A9 G645, Academic Success Collection (2016)
Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online, Stephanie L. Kimbro, KF 320. A9 K56, Practical Skills Collection (2015)
Please contact the reference desk if you have any questions.
Law Library Adds New HeinOnline Collections
The Law Library has recently added several new HeinOnline Libraries, all of which can be found listed on the main HeinOnline page (which is linked from the Law Library’s home page, under “Popular Resources”) or from the Law Library’s Electronic Resources A-Z Page. As with our other HeinOnline collections, these new collections (listed below) consist of high-quality, searchable PDF images of the original print pages and are accessible from any on-campus computer or from off campus with a valid Loyola ID and password.
- Bar Journals – This Library provides full-text access to 125 state and local bar journals (including the Chicago Bar Association’s CBA Record).
- History of Bankruptcy: Taxation & Economic Reform in America, Part III – Over 300 bankruptcy law titles are included in this Library, including legislative histories, treatises, scholarly articles, and classic books dating back as far the 1800s.
- History of International Law – This Library includes hundreds of titles, some from as far back as 1690, on International Law subjects such as the Nuremberg Trials, International Arbitration, and the Hague Conferences and Conventions.
- Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S. –In this Library, HeinOnline has compiled important historical documents and legislation related to immigration law in the United States, as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This comprehensive database includes Board of Immigration Appeals Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and other related works.
- Kluwer Law International Journal Library – This Library provides full-text access to 23 Kluwer Law International Journals.
- National Survey of State Laws – This online version of the highly-regarded print publication allows users to make state-by-state comparisons of current state laws and also allows users to compare the current state laws as they existed in 2005, 2008 and 2015.
- State Reports: A Historical Archive – This Library provides access to a digital version of Hein's State Reports Checklist along with linking to the full text of historical state reports from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.