What’s New This Fall

Welcome back, returning students! While you were away, the Law Library added some new resources that we thought you’d like to know about.

Washington Post Access

Law students can now sign up for free online access to the Washington Post. To request an account, navigate to the Student Services tab on LawWeb and select “Washington Post Academic Access” (or use this shortcut). This will bring up a form for you to fill out. After submitting the form, you will receive an email with further instructions for creating your online account.

As in past years, the Law Library also provides online access to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Bluebook. If you signed up for these resources last fall, note that two of them require annual renewal. You’ll need to reactivate your NYTimes.com account and get a fresh registration key for the Bluebook Online. (To renew your NYTimes.com account, you must be on-grounds or using a VPN.) First-time registrants can sign up for these resources by logging into LawWeb and following the links provided on the “Student Services” tab.

ProQuest Regulatory Insight

The Law Library has acquired a powerful new resource for researching federal regulations. ProQuest’s Regulatory Insight compiles regulatory histories for federal statutes and executive orders by assembling pertinent Federal Register notices, rules, and proposed rules. It also provides links to related pages in Supreme Court Insight and Legislative Insight (a legislative history resource). Use Regulatory Insight to help make your regulatory research more efficient and complete.

A New Digital Resource for Legal History Research

Law Special Collections has launched a new website for its Scottish Court of Session Digital Archive Project. The Project is an initiative to explore everyday life in early America and the British Atlantic world of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries through Session Papers, which were submitted to Scotland’s supreme civil court as part of the litigation process. Explore the archive to find material for your next legal history paper!

UVA Law at 200 Exhibition

In honor of the University’s Bicentennial, the UVA Law at 200 exhibition by Law Special Collections highlights a rotating selection of Law School alumni/ae who broke local and national barriers, mastered the campaign trail, issued judgments from the bench, and transformed the legal landscape. The exhibition includes photographs, old yearbooks, historical documents, campaign buttons, and more. Exhibit cases are located on the first and second floors of the library.

Updates to Study Spaces

The tables in Caplin Reading Room now have power outlets! With this addition, most seating in the Law Library provides a place to charge your phone or laptop. Additionally, new skylight windows have been installed over the study space in the Reference area.

As you embark on a new academic year, remember that the library is here to help you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at refdesk@law.virginia.edu or to stop by and ask us a question.

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Kate Boudouris

Research, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, Arthur J. Morris Law Library

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Welcome, New Students!

To new students arriving for orientation: Welcome! The Law Library staff looks forward to working with you throughout your law school career. From personalized research consultations to exam-time grilled cheese breaks, the library offers services to make your time at UVA more enriching, efficient, and enjoyable. Here are some key resources that will help you hit the ground running this academic year.

Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law Passwords

Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are three core legal research databases, so be sure to sign up for access! On August 21 from 9 am to noon, activation codes will be available in the lounge area of Withers-Brown Hall. The lounge is to the right as you exit the Law Library.

NYT, WSJ, WaPo, CALI, and More!

As a UVA law student, you’ll receive free access to resources like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and CALI (which provides interactive legal tutorials). You can sign up for these and other law-school-only resources via LawWeb. From the LawWeb homepage, just click on the “Student Services” tab (shown below), and then select the resource you’d like to access.

LR&W Help

Not sure how to tackle your Legal Research & Writing assignment? The Law Library is here to help! Each section of LR&W has a dedicated librarian—or “Library Liaison”—to help students get comfortable with legal research methods. Once classes start, your LR&W instructor will provide more information about meeting with a Library Liaison. For additional research tips, check out this guide to legal research for law students.

Bluebook Online

Well-formed citations are an important part of legal writing. To help you nail every detail, the Law Library offers online access to the Bluebook uniform system of citation. Law students and faculty can request an access code.

Guide to Student Services

As your studies progress, we hope that you’ll find the Law Library to be a valuable partner in your academic efforts. You can learn more about the library’s offerings in our guide for students. And remember, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact a staff member!

Once again, a warm welcome to all incoming students!

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Kate Boudouris

Research, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, Arthur J. Morris Law Library

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End of Semester To-Do List: #1 – Study Break

What do you need to get your end-of-semester reading, outlining, and research papers done? “Quiet,” “books and databases,” “study space,” “research expertise,” “massage chair”…. Massage chair?!    

Yes. Studies say taking breaks (even naps) makes you more productive. Challenge yourself to be more productive the last weeks of the semester and this finals period by taking ten-minute study breaks to[1]:  

  • Flip through Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Essence and other magazines and newspapers in the first floor Klaus Reading Room.
  • Take a walk around the Library’s second floor to check out our annual art show and photos from the 1970 protest on the Rotunda.
  • Get a cup of tea or coffee and chat with friends in MyLab.
  • Browse for a winter break destination in one of the 57 Eyewitness Travel guides in the first floor Klaus Reading Room.
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    Karl Lockhart enjoys a quick breather from exam time stress.
  • Try a guided audio meditation (check them out from the short shelves in the Klaus Reading Room). There are meditation cushions and mats in the second floor Collaborative Classroom space.
  • Curl up in a comfy chair in the second floor Collaborative Classroom space.
  • Eat grilled cheese hot off the griddle – stay tuned for date and time of this finals period’s grilled cheese night in the Law Library.
  • Watch an episode of The Office, Scandal, or your favorite TV series and movies from our Reserve Room DVD collection.

And, let the Klaus Reading Room massage chair work out some of your studying muscles’ kinks.

[1] Many of the resources mentioned here are courtesy of the Walter Whitlock Klaus ’36, endowment fund. 

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Kristin Glover

Kristin Glover is a Research Librarian at the Arthur J. Morris Law Library.

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New Charging Station in MyLab

You’re in the middle of watching a really funny cat video when your phone informs you that its battery is at 3% and you’d better plug in soon if you want to see how it all ends. You reach into your backpack for your life-line — the charger! — only to remember all too clearly that you left it in the outlet in your bedroom.

Once this would have been a problem, but no more. MyLab now offers you the opportunity to recharge yourself and your device at the same time! Just plug in, relax for a bit, and you’ll soon be happily viewing again. The plugs provide full-speed charging for both Apple and Android phones and tablets. 

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New Sunday Hours for Bar Exam Study Period

Now through July 22, the Law Library will be open on Fridays until 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Best of luck to all of our recent grads now studying for bar exams!

– AJM 

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The New Collaborative Classroom

We are very excited to be debuting the new Collaborative Classroom in room WB 278 in the library (the room with the big leather chairs). We’ve relocated the magazines and books from that room to our new reading room downstairs and converted WB 278 into an interactive classroom and workspace for students. The comfy chairs are still there, but you will also find new modular furniture and four big displays—all designed for skills-based classes and student collaboration.

Collaborative Classroom
The new Collaborative Classroom.

We’ll be using the new room for all of our Advanced Legal Research classes. That class is very much a “learn by doing” course where the students are the focus of each class session. The modular furniture will allow us to easily reconfigure the room on the fly for small group work, large group work or full class discussion. All of the displays are set up so that any student can link their laptop to the display in order to easily share their work with the full class, allowing students to drive the class from their own laptops. We will work together on research exercises and easily switch from small group work to full class discussions using the displays, putting the students in charge of their skill development. We’re thrilled to be able to start using the new interactive space with our Fall Advanced Legal Research classes.

The collaborative classroom is open for student use whenever a class is not in session. Feel free to link your laptops to the displays, rearrange the furniture, and relax in the leather chairs as long as no one is teaching in the room at the time. Just let us know at the reference desk if you have any questions about using the room.

– Ben Doherty 

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Ben is a research librarian and Head of Instructional Services at the Law Library. He has worked at the Law Library since 2004.

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“Talk to Us,” Round 1: Standing Desks a Hit with Many!

The first round of our “Talk to Us and Dress Like AJM” Quick Poll series is now history. Congratulations to 1L Hillary Taylor, who will be the first among you to dress like AJM!

We really like our t-shirts and we love to see them out and about. Aside from extending our students’ wardrobes, we thought up this quick poll series as a fun way to learn from our students. In this first round, we asked what you think of our two new standing desks, and we learned quite a lot. We discovered that many of you really like the standing desks and many more of you are game to give them a try, at least. Here’s how you answered:

The Law Library has recently added two STANDING DESKS and we’d like to know what you think about them. How likely are you to use a standing desk in the library?

For the majority of you who prefer to sit while you study (or walk or lie down, as some suggested), there’s no need to worry – the Law Library is not planning to require that all students study in Mountain Pose. We want to offer optimal study environments for as many of our students as we reasonably can. If you missed this poll but you’d still like to share your thoughts about our study spaces, there’s an ongoing, less formal poll available on our website. Stop by any time and let us know your preferences.

On to Round 2!

There are several more quick poll rounds in our series, so if you’re a UVA law student who isn’t yet dressing like Hillary Taylor and AJM, you can find the link to our Round 2 quick poll in yesterday’s SBA Events email and the SBA calendar on the web (UVA law students only, one submission per student). To join in on Round 2, submit your quick survey by midnight on Saturday, April 5

– Amy Wharton 

 

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Does Studying Keep You on Your Feet?

What do Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway all have in common? Beyond creativity and writing skills, they all used standing desks. 

Standing desks have recently become fashionable, used at corporations like Google and Facebook, and other hip places like the Law Library. 

Wait, the Law Library? Yep, we now have two height adjustable standing desks in the Law Library, located outside of the Klaus Reading Room and on the north end of the reference study area by the windows. Studies show that standing desks help to improve focus and the ability to plow through tasks. Try the standing desks and let us know what you think.  

– Micheal Klepper  

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New for Fall: Return Your Books in a Whole New Way

Outside our newly-designed front entrance is our newly-arrived cherry-paneled book drop. Whenever you have items to return when the library is closed, you no longer need to go through a door and slide your items through a metal slot. When we’re open, please return your books to the slot at the circulation desk as before.

– Bryan Kasik 

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Succeed by Design! Schedule a Research Consultation

The first step to success with a research paper assignment is to develop a research strategy. What resources are available to help you choose a good topic? Once you’ve found a topic, how do you locate the best sources for research on that topic?  How do you know when you’ve done enough research?

Our law librarians are specialists at helping students answer strategic questions like these. You may already know that you can get help by emailing refdesk@law.virginia.edu or by stopping by the reference desk for quick help during reference hours. When you need to develop a research plan, you can now use our new online calendar system to schedule an in-office consultation with a librarian. 

Schedule a consultation with a librarian.
Schedule a consultation with a librarian.

Just sign up for any available time that works with your schedule. Once you’ve submitted your request, a librarian will email you with details about the meeting.

– Amy Wharton 

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