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Access to Law Library Resources during the COVID-19 Emergency: Home

A guide to resources available remotely to Loyola Law students, faculty, and staff.

Access to Circulation Services and Related Information

The Law Library space is officially closed as of 5 p.m., Friday March 20th. For more information and updates about Loyola University Chicago's COVID-19 response, please see the official updates here.

Access to Reference Services and Hours

Hours

The law librarians will be available remotely from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to answer reference/research questions. if you have any reference/research questions, please email LoyolaLawReference@luc.edu. We will be checking this email address regularly.

The sections below provide access to many of the most important resources that patrons may need during the Law Library's closure.

Access to Casebooks

West Academic

West Academic is offering access to e-textbooks for Loyola Law students. If you want to take advantage of this offer, please contact West Academic (877-888-1330).

Wolters Kluwer/Aspen and Carolina Academic Press

In partnership with VitalSource, Wolters Kluwer (Aspen) and Carolina Academic Press are providing free digital e-textbooks for students who lost access to their purchased book or library resources due to a shift from in-person to online courses.
To get started, students should visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com and log-in or create a Bookshelf account with their LUC email addressHere are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account for both students and instructors. Once students create an account with an LUC email address, they should log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. This tab provides access to the freely available e-textbooks.

VitalSource has created a video that walks users through the account creation process. 

Please note that at this time, student downloads are limited to seven titles and that trial access is set to expire on Monday, May 25.

For a complete list of VitalSource FAQs, please visit their Web site
 

LexisNexis Digital Library

For a limited time, current Loyola Law students, faculty, and staff will have complimentary access to the LexisNexis Digital Library, a collection of online study guides and casebooks. To get started, click here and create an account using your LUC email address (note: your existing Lexis Advance ID and password will not allow you to access this platform. You will need to create a separate account to access this platform).

For more information on using the LexisNexis Digital Library, please refer to the Study Aids Flyer and Getting Started Guide (below), or contact Andrea Roberts (andrea.roberts@lexisnexis.com or 562-306-8620).

Access to Study Aids

The Law Library provides access to online study aids from West Academic and from Wolters Kluwer. In addition, students have access to CALI lessons and tutorials.

We have heard reports of students who are having issues accessing the audiobooks in the Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aids Library. If you are experiencing this problem, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://ebooks.aspenlaw.com/
  2. Click Login and enter Username: luc_student and Password: welcome123
  3. Students can then log in to their personal account from the Bookshelf page.

Access to Electronic Resources

Most of the Law Library's electronic resources are available to current Loyola Law students, faculty, and staff remotely, whether through individual user name/password access (e.g. Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law) or through IP/Proxy access (e.g. HeinOnline, Gale, ProQuest).

  • Check the Law Library’s A-Z Databases Page for a complete listing of resources and how to access them.
  • Check the University Libraries' A-Z Databases list for additional resources available to current members of the Loyola Law Community (e.g. JSTOR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal).
  • Check the Law Library's Research Guides Page for topical research guides.
  • Some publishers have announced that they are removing paywalls and are allowing free access to their content during the crisis. Examples include Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Chicago Lawyer, and Crain's Chicago Business. As we find out about additional publishers offering free access, we will add them to this space.
  • The Law Library has set up free temporary access to the Bluebook Online. To create your account, you will first need to obtain an access key by emailing loyolalawreference@luc.edu. Once you have your key, go to https://www.legalbluebook.com/, enter the access key in the "Bluebook Key Redemption" box, and follow the registration instructions. You must use your LUC email to set up your Bluebook account. Once your account is set up, you will be able to access the site's content with your username and password, and your account will be active for 60 days from the date on which you created it.
  • For the duration of the statewide shelter-in-place order, IICLE is allowing current Loyola Law students, faculty, and staff to have off-campus access to the IICLE Online database through Loyola's proxy server.
  • Tax Notes has made its Coronavirus Tax Coverage page free to all researchers. This page includes relevant state, federal, and international tax news and analysis.
  • American Health Law Association is allowing free access to its Coronavirus Pandemic Hub. The hub includes information to help the public stay abreast of developments on the pandemic, with a specific focus on resources developed by AHLA for the health law community.
  • Wolters Kluwer is making access to its Cheetah Smart Charts on COVID-19 free for all users. These Smart Charts allow users to compare COVID-19 content by subtopic and jurisdiction (state and federal), all in one platform. This resource will be updated three times per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).
  • Oxford University Press is providing free online access to European Journal of International Law through June 2020. A valid LUC email address is required for access.
  • HeinOnline has made the special COVID-19-themed issue of Medicine and Law freely available.

Library Liaison Program for Law Faculty

In addition to having 24/7 availability for most our online resources, each Loyola Law faculty member is assigned a professional librarian as a liaison. Even remotely, your library liaison can assist you with locating resources or with special research projects. 

If you're not sure who your liaison is, or have lost their contact information, please check the Faculty Liaison List, or contact LoyolaLawReference@luc.edu.

Due Dates/Returning Items

 

Due Dates are Extended

All due dates for books will be extended to the following:

  • For students and staff, through September 16, 2020.
  • For faculty, through September 16, 2020.

Additional extensions will be made if necessary. Please email Shane Peterson at speterson4@luc.edu if you have questions about renewing your library materials.

Returning items

Please keep all items until we reopen. Overdue fines for Loyola University Chicago books will not be charged. 

  • The Law Library and the Corboy Law Center (25 E. Pearson) are currently closed.
  • We ask that you do not return books by mail.
  • All Water Tower Campus (WTC) mail drops are closed. 
  • Returns will not be processed and will remain on your library account until the library resumes regular operations.
Checking your Library Record
  • If you wish to see what Loyola University Chicago items are currently checked out to your account, please log into your Loyola Library account here.
  • To see what Interlibrary Loan books you current have checked out, please log into your ILLiad account here.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services:

Returning: 

If you currently have a physical book through ILL, which is about to be due or is overdue, we are currently asking you to hold onto it until returns can be arranged. Please email Shane Peterson at speterson4@luc.edu with any questions.

Borrowing: 

Beyond Loyola, library closures worldwide have also meant that staff everywhere are unable to access their physical collections. Due to this, and the uncertainty involved in circulating materials through the mail in these conditions, Interlibrary Loans for physical items, or for scans of physical items (including books, journals and media), are suspended until further notice.

Law students, law faculty and law staff can still request scans of items available online, but because different libraries will have different ability to provide these resources during closure, and/or limited service, delays should still be expected.We are working with libraries around the country to fill as many requests as we can.

  • ILL borrowing will be limited to electronic articles and portions of electronic books only. 
  • Physical access to collections is not currently an option.
  • Please be aware that even if an electronic article or part of an e-book is available, we might not be able to get it due to licensing or staffing situations. 

Check your ILLiad account here.

Questions about ILL can be directed Shane Peterson speterson4@luc.edu.

 

Librarian

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Joe Mitzenmacher
Contact:
Reference & Electronic Services Librarian
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611
312-915-6844

Synching Google Scholar with Loyola Library Databases

Google Scholar can be synched with the content of the Loyola Libraries' journal databases by following these steps:

1)  From the Google Scholar homepage, go to the pull-down menu in the upper left-hand corner. 

2)  From the pull-down menu, choose "Settings."

3)  Under "Settings," select "Library Links."

4) In the search bar, type in "Loyola University Chicago," and search. Your search should be matched to "Loyola University Chicago Libraries," which will then be added to a list below the search box. Click on the small box next to "Loyola University Chicago Libraries," and then save your settings.

Now, when you search in Google Scholar, you should see the option "Find it at Loyola" on the right-hand side of your results, if the article is available via Loyola. Click on "Find it at Loyola," and follow the steps to access the article.  Note that you will need to log in with your LUC credentials (LOCUS login/password) to remotely access the full texts of articles from LUC Libraries' databases. 

Google Scholar Search

Business & Company Research

COVID-19: Federal, Illinois, Cook County, and Chicago Legal Responses

In addition to the following resources, note that both Westlaw and Lexis have added collections specific to COVID-19.