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Research

UDSL students and faculty: please consult the Law Library's Isidore site for more detailed instructions regarding access and use of the Law Library's resources, particularly electronic resources

Lexis and Westlaw

UDSL students and faculty: Lexis and Westlaw can be accessed by UDSL students and faculty. Passwords are needed to take advantage of the systems' capabilities. Lexis and Westlaw can be accessed by UDSL students and faculty 24 hours a day from the Computer Training Center, computers in the Zimmerman Law Library and from home. 

Those without passwords: The library subscribes to LexisNexis Uni  and LexisNexis Congressional. The latter can be accessed from within the library or from home. Home users must have an ID card from a college or university that is a member of OhioLINK. Users will be able to search for news, case law, business information, and the full text of U.S. Congressional bills, laws, and legislative histories using these two services.

Lexis Sites

  • Courtroom Cast: Courtroom Cast offers audio and video files in a searchable database. The AudioCaseFiles are recordings of selected judicial opinions. These files may be downloaded or accessed on any mobile device. Browse by subject or search by keyword to locate cases. Note that the edited opinion may or may not contain the same language of the edited opinion in your required textbook. Courtroom Cast also provides streaming videos of courtroom trials, hearings and oral arguments as well as training clips of courtroom highlights with expert commentary and analysis. You can access Courtroom Cast via this link and then set up your own account using your UD e-mail. 
  • Nexis Uni (on campus only): Lexis for our public patrons. Provides limited access to cases and news. For full coverage, use your Lexis username and password to access Lexis Advance (below).
  • Law360: Has publications from 11 news bureaus across the U.S. and receives over 900,000 law firm and industry newsletters each day. You can access Law360 with your Lexis username and password
  • Lexis Advance (Password Required): A collection of case law, statutes and regulations, news sources, public records, company profiles and documents. 
  • Lexis Nexis Digital Library: Provides access to eBooks that the library also has available in print.  Users can access the Digital Library with their University of Dayton e-mail and password. 

 Westlaw Sites

  • Westlaw (Password Required): Provides access to cases, news sources, journals and other legal resources. 
  • West Academic Study Aids: An online subscription based service that provides electronic access to hundreds of study aids and allows you to take notes, highlight, "mark up" your study aids and create a list of favorite study aids for easy access. Once you create your personal account (while on UD campus) you can then access the Study Aids using your UD e-mail and password.

Major Legal Databases

The law library provides access to OhioLINK and a number of other databases. Some will require a password and others can only be accessed when connecting from a UD server (UD Only). Students and faculty can obtain passwords from a reference staff member, or they may have already been given to you. UDSL students and faculty can also gain access to most OhioLINK databases when using their own Internet provider.

  • Bloomberg Law
    • Provides comprehensive access to up-to-date legal content as well as daily business news and market information.  Includes legal citator, cases, statutes, news, commentary and analysis, docket searching and transactional information.  Available to University of Dayton Law students, faculty and staff via individual password. You access the site off-campus using your UD e-mail and password,
  • CALI Lessons: Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction; more than 270 interactive lessons and tutorials. Registration required; contact library staff.
    • Please Note: CALI has banned all accounts affiliated with Hotmail email addresses. Users with such accounts can email CALI with an alternative email address or create a new account. Creating a new account will cause a user to lose all access to previous lesson information. For more information, read the notice from CALI.
  • DocketBird (UD Only)(Username: patron@udayton.edu; password: Zimmerman): DocketBird is one of the world's largest repositories of federal court cases and documents.  Access to documents already downloaded from the Federal Courts is free. For any documents not yet downloaded, please see a Reference Librarian for access to PACER.
  • Elgar Online (UD Only):  includes reference works, scholarly monographs, research handbooks and companions covering a wide range of subjects including environment and energy law, human rights, intellectual property, regulation and governance and technology & information law.  To access available titles, select the Law-Academic link and the left side of the home page, and then select "all accessible content" under the Refine By Access tab on the left side of the Browse page.   

  • Electronic Journal Center: Full text articles dealing with politics, political science and law (via OhioLink)

  • Gongwer Ohio News Service (see librarian for login):  provides detailed coverage of every Bill in the Legislature, closely tracks the activities of the Executive and Judicial branches, and monitors ever-important state election.

  • Hannah (Ohio Capitol Connection): Available through OhioLINK (need to authenticate with UD credentials). Hannah News Service is a database that has Ohio Legislative History from 1989 - present, including testimony on prior bills, which is useful for determining legislative intent. It also provides current Ohio bill tracking. 
  • Hein Online:
    • Online searchable, legal research collection includes Law Journal Library of U.S. and foreign titles providing comprehensive coverage, Congressional Record bound volumes, U.S. Reports, state statutes and session laws, legal classics, world famous trials, the United Nations and League of Nations Treaty Series, U.S. Treaties, the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations and various, specialized collections. Off-campus, you can access through proxy login via our institutional account. From the drop-down menu for remote access, you will need to enter/select University of Dayton.
  • Indigenous Law Portal: The Portal brings together digitized collection materials from the Law Library of Congress along with primary sources on the Web, and links to Tribal websites. This site is open access.
  • LLMC (Law Library Microform Consortium):  LLMC is a non-profit cooperative of libraries dedicated to the twin goals of preserving legal titles and government documents, while making copies inexpensively available digitally. Some information is open access, but the remaining content can only be accessed while on campus.

  • Making of Modern Law
  • Proquest Congressional: Digitized Congressional Committee prints and CRS reports in one place, cross-searchable with other congressional digital modules. Accessible off-campus by searching “Proquest
    Congressional” in the Library’s Catalog. You will then be required to
    authenticate with your UD username and password.
  • Quimbee (must create account using your "@udayton.edu" email):  Provides access to a searchable database of case briefs, video lessons, practice exams with model answer and a bank of multiple-choice exam questions

  • Spaced Repetition/Law in a Flash (must create account using your "@udayton.edu" email; account creation at bottom of screen): Access to digtital Emanuel Law in a Flash flashcards. Don't use it to learn new information - use it to review information already covered. Cards are for review after you've learned a concept in class.
     
  • Verdict Search:  Find out about the case most relevant to your practice, with complete details on awards and settlements; injuries claimed; experts, attorneys, insurers and judges involved; and more. Accessible with your UD username and password.
  • Wolters Kluwer Study Aids: An online subscription based service that provides electronic access to hundreds of the most popular study aids (Examples & Explanations, Emmanuel Law Outlines & Crunch Time, Casenote Legal Briefs, etc.). Allows the ability to highlight and take notes. You can access off-campus with your UD e-mail and password, once you have created your personal account (while on campus).
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Susan Newhart Elliott
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Professor & Assistant Director for Public Services
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