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Remote Access to Library Resources (COVID-19 Response): Casebooks, Study Aids, and Other Vital Resources

This guide contains information about remote resources for University of Michigan Law Students during the University's Covid-19 Protocols.

Case Books

West Academic (includes Foundation Press titles)
  • West Academic is offering access to electronic casebooks for students at schools that are being moved to online classes. 

  • This complimentary access will remain in place through June 1st. 

  • Students wanting to take advantage of this must call West Academic: (877) 888-1330.

Lexis

  • Lexis is offering access to electronic casebooks on a title-by-title basis.

  • Students must call Lexis to determine whether their casebook is eligible: (800) 833-9844.

Carolina Academic Press
  • Carolina Academic Press is working with professors to distribute time-limited ebook access to their students.

  • This complimentary access will remain in place through June 1st.

  • Carolina Academic Press is requiring that professors who are teaching the classes to contact them about making the case books available online for their students.

  • Professors should contact askalawlibrarian@umich.edu for further information. 

Wolters Kluwer
  • In partnership with VitalSource, Wolters Kluwer is 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 classes.

  • The library has provided Wolters Kluwer with a list of all WK case books that our students are using.  These titles will be made available via VitalSource within 48 hours (by 3/19/20).  You will need a VitalSource account to access these titles.  To create an account and access the books please do the following:

    • To get started, students should visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com and log-in or create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided email address. 

    • Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account for both students and instructors.

    • Once students create an account with an institution-provided 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.

  • Examples & Explanations series and Friedman's and Emanuel's study guide series are also available for free to students in VitalSource.

Bluebook Online

The law library has a number of access codes for our students to use to obtain access to Bluebook online.

Any law student may request one (1) access code, which will be good for 60 days from the time it is activated.  To request a code, email askalawlibrarian@umich.edu.  Requests will be processed within 1-3 business days. 
After receiving your code:
  • To redeem the key (and set up an account), enter it at www.legalbluebook.com where it says "Bluebook Key Redemption" and follow the on-screen instructions to set up a username (unique and active email address) and password. You only use the key once. From that point forward, you access your account with your username and password.
  • The subscription is active 60 days from the date you redeem this key on the website.
  • After you set up your account you might need to log out and then log back in again to view site contents.

 

Electronic Resources

Remember that many Law Library resources are available to you online any time, anywhere. Below are links to some frequently used electronic resources.

To ensure that you are able to access the resources through our proxy server, please use the links provided on the E-Resources Page or through links in the Law Library catalog.

As always, Law Library Research Guides may be accessed remotely. Some of the most popular guides are linked below, as well as the link to all available guides.

Study Aids

West Study Aids

West Study Aids provides access to: 

  • Black Letter Outlines
  • Concise Hornbook Series
  • Exam Pro Series
  • Gilbert Law Summaries
  • Hornbooks
  • Nutshells
  • Short & Happy Guides
  • And more!

Vital Source

Wolters Kluwer is making many of its popular study aids available online this term in addition to casebooks.  At bookshelf.vitalsource.com, students may sign in to their accounts* to find:

  • Examples and Explanations 
  • Friedman's Practice Series
  • Emanuel's outlines 

*Instructions for creating an account are under "Case Books" on this page.

100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know

Two constitutional law scholars have developed an online library of sixty-three videos to bring the Supreme Court's one hundred most important decisions to life. These videos are enriched by photographs, maps, and even audio from the Supreme Court. The library runs eleven-hours in length, and is available for free through May 31, 2020.

  • To access, go to Visit CasebookConnect.com/Free and click "Create Account."
  • Click the "Redeem" button under "An Introduction to Constitutional Law."
  • After verifying your email, the resource will appear in your bookshelf.

 

Questions?

For questions about accessing Law Library resources, or any other legal research needs, please email askalawlibrarian@umich.edu.

For the latest COVID-19 information from the Law School, please go to their dedicated webpage (below) and contact email (lawcovid19@umich.edu).