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Remote Access to Law Library Resources: COVID-19 Response: Library Services and Resources

A Temporary Guide to Library Resources During the COVID-19

LIBRARY SERVICES

The Ross-Blakley Law Library staff is available to help you whether you are on campus or far from Phoenix. You can reach us at the following phone numbers:

Circulation Desk: (480) 965-6144
Reference Desk: (480) 965-7161

Circulation and Interlibrary Loan 
For circulation assistance please call the number listed above or email us at lawill@asu.edu.

  • Checking out books: The law library is currently providing remote services only.  Please see the options below for online access to textbooks, study aids, and the Bluebook.  If you need a book that is not available online, please contact us and we can help with alternative solutions.  
      
  • Returning books:  If you have a library book in your possession, please keep it.  Due dates for all library books, including interlibrary loans, have been extended, and any accrued fines will be waived during this period.  If you need to return books now, ASU Library has exterior book returns open on all campuses. The Downtown Phoenix Campus library book return is on the south side of UCENT, on Polk St. For questions about returning interlibrary loan books, please email lawill@asu.edu.
     
  • Request options:  At this time, we are unable to fill requests for physical items.  To request chapters or articles, please submit an Interlibrary Loan request or email lawill@asu.edu.  We will make every effort to obtain requested material as quickly as possible using digital resources.

Reference and Meet with a Librarian

Reference assistance is available via phone and electronically through the Email a Librarian service. Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students are encouraged to continue making appointments with our reference librarians to discuss legal research and resources. We can conduct our meetings over the phone or via Zoom.

DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS

Some textbook publishers are offering free eBook access to their textbooks to support students who have purchased the physical print version of a book but are unable to get to it because of school closures, travel restrictions, or quarantine.  Please check the spine of your book to determine its publisher and then follow the directions below if you would like to request a free digital copy of your textbook. 

Wolters Kluwer, Aspen, Carolina Academic Press, and Others:
Free access to eBooks (including textbooks) from these publishers through Vital Source ended on May 25th.

West Academic (including Foundation Press):
West Academic is providing complimentary access to their Assessment Platform and also providing complimentary access to eBook textbooks.

Follow the steps listed below in order to activate your Complimentary eBooks access:

  • If you don’t have an online study aids account, please create an account before you call at; https://subscription.westacademic.com/
  • Call 877-888-1330, Ext.4 to request and set up your eBooks. 
  • Please limit your request to only required course materials. 

West Academic has also given free access to their Assessment Platform – please follow the directions on this Google Document.

This is a new, premium study-aid for students that covers all 1L subjects (and many 2/3L subjects).  It gives you access to digital MBE’s practice, practice essays (with annotated answers), etc.  It’s a useful tool to practice testing.  Access to this will end on June 1, 2020.

Lexis Textbooks:
Lexis bases its access to free digital textbooks on a title-by-title decision.  To determine if your book qualifies, call 800-833-9844.

DIGITAL BLUEBOOK ACCESS

The Bluebook
The Law Library is able to provide Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students with free 60-day access to Bluebook Online

To receive an activation key for Bluebook Online, please email Sean Harrington at sean.harrington@asu.edu or Ask a Librarian

ONLINE STUDY AND RESEARCH RESOURCES

As a member of the ASU community you have access to a tremendous number of resources for digital information. We encourage you to utilize these tools to support your learning while classes are being taught through online platforms.

The ASU Library Catalog provides access to over one million eBooks. 

Electronic Study Aids 
The resources listed below are a great place to get subject-specific information, sample multiple choice questions, and practice essay prompts for all your classes.

Legal Research Guides
As always, the Law Library's subject-specific research guides can be accessed remotely. Some of the most well-utilized guides are listed below, and the full list of guides can be accessed here.

Law-Specific Databases
The Law Library provides access to a number of legal databases in addition to Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg. The databases listed below are excellent resources for historical and current legal information.

Interdisciplinary Research Databases
ASU Library offers a myriad of subscription databases covering all academic disciplines, including the sciences, journalism, humanities, gender studies, and sustainability. Content ranges from ancient texts to modern documentaries and cutting-edge scholarship.