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Accessing Rains Library Resources Remotely During COVID-19 Campus Closure: Home

As part of guidelines issued by the City of Los Angeles, the Rains Library building is closed as of March 16, 2020. This guide sets forth e-resources you can use to keep up to speed in the meantime.

Need help? Contact us!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

  • For reference/research help, please email reference@lls.edu.
    • To set up a virtual appointment with a reference librarian, visit this link.
  • If you have questions about circulating items, please email circdesk@lls.edu

During this time, you have access to a number of special resources:

  • Online study aids (!) 
    • You can now access most of your favorite study aids online and for free through Rains Library. Please scroll down to follow the instructions below in the "Study Aids Online" section on the bottom right.
    • Examples of available series: Nutshells, Examples & Explanations, Questions & Answers, Exam Pro, etc...
  • Free e-casebooks
    • You now have access to free e-casebooks that can help you keep up with your class reading remotely. Here's how: please check the publisher of the book you're interested in and then see below for access information from West Academic and Lexis.
  • Bluebook access
    •  The Bluebook is offering a free 60-day trial to the Bluebook Online for students. To redeem this offer, please send an email to circdesk@lls.edu and request a Bluebook Redemption Key. You will receive a key along with instructions to redeem.

You also have the same exemplary legal databases as normal:

However, no scanning is available. Please note that in compliance with the Los Angeles "Safer at Home" emergency order asking residents to stay in their residences and limit activity outside the home, there will be no library staff in the building to fulfill scanning requests. We regret we are unable to provide scans of any materials during this time.   

Do I need to return my print books? Are they overdue? Nope! No worries, you don't have to return your library books until the library re-opens. All checked-out books have been renewed centrally in our system until May 15th, and we'll continue renewing as long as the library remains closed. 

I am staying at home but need access to non-law databases through LMU. If you need remote access to a resource licensed by the Hannon Library (https://library.lmu.edu/), please send an email to reference@lls.edu. Our library staff will send you a username/password to authenticate.
 

We are happy to help you look for online materials and figure out research strategies. Please contact us if you have any questions!

Casebooks Online (for free)

  • West Academic: To request an ebook from West Academic, please email: support@westacademic.com.
  • Lexis:
    • Lexis is offering access to electronic casesbooks on a title-by-title basis. Call Lexis to see if your casebook is eligible: (800) 833-9844.
       
  • Rains Library also provides access to over 140 Thomson Reuters texts, treatises and aids through ProView (basically West titles in ebook format, primarily Rutter Group titles and key treatises). The full list is available here.

     
    • For a full list of these publications, click here

Remember that you also have access to a variety of digital resources through Rains Library:

Library Scanning Unavailable

In compliance with Los Angeles' "Safer at Home" emergency order, calling all residents on the City of Los Angeles to stay in their residences and limit all activities outside of their homes, there will be no library staff in the building to fulfill scanning requests.  We regret we are unable to provide scans of any materials during this time.

 

Bluebook Access

The Bluebook is offering a free 60-day trial to the Bluebook Online. To redeem this offer, please send an email to circdesk@lls.edu and request a Bluebook Redemption Key. You will receive a key along with instructions to redeem.

 

RIA Checkpoint

Looking to access RIA Checkpoint? 
LLS students who need to access RIA Checkpoint should email David Burch at david.burch@lls.edu for specific instructions and more information.

Other Resources

Looking to stream movies and read books while at home? Los Angeles Public Library has a world-class e-media collection offering FREE access to digital books, music, movies, and more.
Don't have a library card? You can sign up and get an e-card to instantly enjoy digital content. Head over to https://lapl.org/collections-resources/e-media

Flipster: The library has set up a trial subscription to Flipster, which allows access to many magazines and other popular publications. To access it, just visit: https://linus.lmu.edu/record=e1000943~S3 and log in with your LLS credentials.

Do I need to return my library books? Are they overdue?

No worries, you don't have to return your library books until the library re-opens. All checked-out books have been renewed centrally in our system until May 15th, and we'll continue renewing as long as the library remains closed.

Looking for academic databases through LMU?

Off-campus access to LMU electronic resources

If you need remote access to a resource licensed by the Hannon Library (https://library.lmu.edu/), please send an email to circdesk@lls.edu. Our library staff will send you a username/password to authenticate.

DeGruyter Publications

DeGruyter has granted access to a number of ebooks for the months of May and June. Here is an overview of the books available. To view the books from each academic publisher, just click on the "Click here for more info" tab under the publisher's description. 

 

 

Study Aids Online (free)

Great news from Rains Library: LLS students now have access to most study guides online and for free. Though the world is growing steadily crazier, your study guides should not be something you should have to worry about.

Here's how to access the study guides: 

  1. Determine the series you want from the chart below.
  2. Follow the how-to steps to sign up for West Academic or Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library.
    • West Academic:
    • Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aids: 
      • Go to this link to create an account and access 200 online study aids, including 200 study guides, including Examples & Explanations, Emanuel, Casenote and Glannon Guides. 
  3. That's it! Let us know if you have problems accessing them after following these steps.

 

PUBLISHER:

SERIES:

PLATFORM:

West Academic

Gilbert Law Summaries

West Academic trial

West Academic

Sum + Substance

West Academic trial

West Academic

Exam Pro

West Academic trial

West Academic

Quick Review

West Academic trial

West Academic

Acing

West Academic trial

West Academic

Nutshells

West Academic trial

Wolters Kluwer/Aspen

Examples & Explanations

Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library 

Wolters Kluwer/Aspen

Glannon Guides

Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library 

 

 

Tool for Reading Online - Beeline Reader

Are your eyes getting tired of reading all this text online? Is the information and analysis not sinking in the way you hoped? BeeLine Reader helps aid comprehension and legibility by introducing color gradients from one line to the next, helping improve visual tracking. To get it, go to:  https://www.beelinereader.com/education.

Need help? Contact us!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

  • For reference/research help, please email reference@lls.edu.
    • To set up a virtual appointment with a reference librarian, visit this link.
  • If you have questions about circulating items, please email circdesk@lls.edu. 

During this time, free e-casebooks are being offered that can help you keep up with your class reading remotely. Please check your casebook or study aid publisher and then see below for access information from West Academic, Lexis, Carolina Academic Press, and Wolters Kluwer. 

Also, the library offers a wide host of electronic databases so you can access a wealth of legal information from any location. Please visit the Databases page for more info: https://www.lls.edu/library/collections/databases/.

We are committed to helping you and making sure you have the resources you need during this difficult time. Please contact us if you have any questions!

Coronavirus Databases

Westlaw COVID-19 Legal Resources and News 

Provides access to COVID-19 related federal legislation, executive orders, administrative decisions, state legislation, state executive orders, cases, court orders, dockets, briefs, secondary sources and news.
 

Lexis Practice Advisor Coronavirus Research Kit 

This resource kit provides an overview of practical guidance on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) covered in many practice area offerings in Lexis Practice Advisor, including Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Capital Markets & Corporate Governance, Civil Litigation, Commercial Transactions, Corporate and M&A, Data Security & Privacy, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Finance, Financial Services Regulation, Insurance, Labor & Employment, Life Sciences, Private Equity & Investment Management, Real Estate, Tax, and Trusts & Estates. It will be updated regularly with new content additions. It also contains links to related content about the novel coronavirus.
 

ProQuest Coronavirus Research Database

This cross-disciplinary database curates openly available content related to coronaviruses, including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak. It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv and will continue to grow and evolve as more is learned about the pandemic.
 

Bloomberg Law In Focus: Coronavirus

Provides links to COVID-19 related news, regulations, laws & regulations. Also includes new materials on Leave & Benefits, Protections & Practices, Tax & Payroll Implications, and trackers for court responses, quarantine and public health laws, state employment, and COVID-19 health care legislative and regulatory alerts. 

 

Questions?

For questions about Rains Library resources or legal research, email reference@lls.edu. 

For updated information on COVID-19 and LLS, please visit the LMU website on the issue: https://www.lmu.edu/coronavirus/. Community announcements for LLS can be found at: https://www.lmu.edu/coronavirus/communitymessages/#loyolalaw