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Remote Research Center Services : Resources for Students

Information on law library services and resources for College of Law students and faculty.

Current Status and Information

Current Status:

Effective immediately, the Research Center building is closed to students until further notice to help slow the transmission of the Coronavirus.
Research Center librarians and staff are working remotely during this time.
The Research Center will continue to provide services and resources to our students and faculty.

Research Help & Questions

The Research Center Librarians and Staff are here to help!
We can provide assistance over email, phone, or Zoom video chat.

Got a Research Question? Use the Ask-A-Librarian form to submit your question.

Want to set up a virtual meeting for help with a research paper, assignment, or to prepare for a job? Use our Book-A-Librarian service.

Any other questions? Just send an email to studentref@law.fsu.edu

Online Access to Casebooks

Many publishers are offering ebook versions of textbooks for a limited time during the Cornavirus outbreak. See below for the specific instructions from individual publishers.

West Academic / Foundation Press

Students can call West Academic at (877) 888-1330 and speak with a customer service representative for help getting ebook copies. Be sure to have the title, author, and edition of the textbook needed.

Wolters Kluwer / Aspen and Carolina Academic Press

Wolters Kluwer/Aspen and Carolina Academic Press are providing temporary access to their casebooks and study aids through the VitalSource Helps Program. Follow these instructions to create your Bookshelf account. Downloads are limited to 7 Bookshelf titles per student. This access will expire on May 25, 2020.

  1. Go to https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com
  2. Create a Bookshelf account, or login if already have one.
    Note: you must use your @my.fsu.edu  email address
  3. Once logged in, click the Explore tab in the upper-left of the screen

You may also download Bookshelf apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, Chromebook, Mac, and PC.

Questions? See Bookshelf's FAQ and their Getting Started sites.

Lexis

Students can call (800) 833-9844 to find out if their casebook is available as an ebook.

Other Textbook Publishers

Check out the RedShelf Responds program. They are offering electronic access to a number of publisher's textbooks, including Cengage, Cambridge, Oxford, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer.

The Bluebook

The Bluebook has offered free 60-day trials to the online version: https://www.legalbluebook.com/. To obtain an access code, email Amy Lipford.

Books to Return?

If you checked out a book from the library and wish to return it, we now have a book-drop available on the Jefferson St. side of the Research Center. It can be found on the wall between the student parking lot and the loading dock area of the Research Center. 

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All students' due dates have been set forward to August 31st, 2020, so you have time to return materials over the summer. Returned books will be quarantined for at least a week before being returned to the shelves; please allow a few days for returned materials to be removed from your account. If you have left town with library materials and will be unable to return them in the fall, please contact Research & Access Services Librarian Kat Klepfer to make arrangements for returning materials or extending your deadlines. 

Online Access to Study Aids

West Academic Study Aids Online - NEW!

24/7 access to more than 470 study aids in ebook, audio, and video formats. Includes Nutshells, Hornbooks, Sum and Substance titles, Short & Happy Guides, and many more.

To create an account:

  1. Go to http://subscription.westacademic.com
  2. Click ‘Create an Account’ in the upper right-hand corner and follow the prompts
  3. Please use your school email address
  4. Setup your account and verify your email address

Quimbee

Access to video tutorials, lessons, and large bank of practice questions. Quimbee also features a tool to help you create and store outlines. Sign up with your FSU email address here: https://www.quimbee.com/users/organization_sign_up

CALI

CALI Lessons are interactive, computer-based lessons, written by law faculty and librarians. Access over 1000 interactive lessons here: http://www.cali.org/lesson Need the CALI authorization code for Florida State? Contact Katie Crandall.

Wolters Kluwer Study Aids - E&Es, Glannon Guides, and more

Wolters Kluwer is providing temporary access to their casebooks and study aids through the VitalSource Helps Program. Follow these instructions to create your Bookshelf account. Downloads are limited to 7 Bookshelf titles per student. This access will expire on May 25, 2020.

  1. Go to https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com
  2. Create a Bookshelf account, or login if already have one.
    Note: you must use your @my.fsu.edu  email address
  3. Once logged in, click the Explore tab in the upper-left of the screen

You may also download Bookshelf apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, Chromebook, Mac, and PC.

Questions? See Bookshelf's FAQ and their Getting Started sites.

Online Access to Library Databases & Resources

Research Center A-Z Database List

Databases available off-campus with your FSUID and password.

FSU Library Catalog

Includes links to ebooks and electronic resources

FSU Library Databases

Databases available off-campus with your FSUID and password.

Summer Access Policies for Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw

BLOOMBERG LAW

For Returning/Current Students 
For summer employment, you can use your law school accounts for unrestricted access.  It is encouraged.

For Graduating 3Ls 
You have access or 6 months post graduation.

LEXIS ADVANCE

For Returning/Current Students 
You can use your law school accounts for any summer job (big law, small law, government, in-house, your mother's small law firm, etc.).
  The only restriction on use may come from your employer (some AmLaw100 firms prefer that summer associates use accounts linked to their firm so they can billback to clients).

For Graduating 3Ls 
You will access to your current account until July 1.  On July 1st your account automatically switches from a student to a graduate account until December 31, 2020.  The graduate account is essentially the same except they no longer have access to public records and they can no longer earn points.  

In summary, everyone has unlimited summer access.  Recent grad's will automatically have a homepage switch in July and will continue to have almost the same research resources available to them until December 31, 2020 (just minute public records).

 

WESTLAW EDGE

For Returning/Current Students
You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

*    Summer coursework
*    Research assistant assignments
*    Law Review or Journal research
*    Moot Court research
*    Non-Profit work
*    Clinical work
*    Externship sponsored by the school

You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer.

For Graduating 3Ls 
You have an 18-month extension with your current account, capped at 60 hours/month.

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