Orientation 2014

book iconLaw Library tours and related Library orientation activities are this week! Here’s some useful information for 1Ls, transfers, and visiting students.

Course & study materials – a few places to start:

  • Course Reserves Search – for textbooks and other readings that professors put on reserve.
  • Study Aids – how to find them in ANTPAC.
  • CALI online lessons – ask me for the code.

Books in print or online – three places to start:

  1. ANTPAC – for books and journals at UCI campus libraries, including the Law Library.
  2. Melvyl – for books, journals, and other resources at libraries all over the world — resources that you can borrow via ILL (Inter-library loan.)
  3. Encore - for books at UCI, as well as journal articles from 5 databases.

Off-campus access to Law Library resources usually needs the VPN (Virtual Private Network.) Check VPN Instructions from UCI Law IT.

Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg questions can go to representatives.

  • Lexis: Michelle C. Yacoob, michelle.yacoob@lexisnexis.com
  • Westlaw: Kristen Knepper, kristen.knepper@thomsonreuters.com
  • BloombergBNA: Sharon Pate, spate@bna.com

Hours for the Law Library are updated on our website.

New on the shelves – June 2014

Our list of new books is now updated.
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In June, the Law Library received books on tax, environmental law, international law, and international trade, among other topics.

One of our new titles is the Pulitzer Prize winner Devil in the Grove : Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King. It’s shelved upstairs in the Reading Room at KF 224.G76 K56.

The author and his book were profiled in the New York Times on April 24, 2013: 

The book, about four black men falsely accused of raping Norma Lee Padgett, a 17-year-old white woman in Groveland, Fla., in 1949, unearthed a largely forgotten chapter in the long history of racial injustice in the United States, and explored, in painstaking detail, the tactics used by Thurgood Marshall, the future Supreme Court justice, to chip away at the foundations of Jim Crow law.

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

New WTO Research Options

wto-logo-enTradeLawGuide and WorldTradeLaw are two new options at the Law Library for doing research into WTO cases, legal instruments, and related legal content.

Trade-Law-Guide Trade Law Guide covers WTO law, including WTO legal agreements and instruments, negotiating history, precursor agreements, all related WTO and pre-WTO case law, dispute documents and other related content. Citators provide pinpoint references to case law substantively citing WTO and pre-WTO provisions, to case law substantively citing other case law, and to minutes of the Dispute Settlement Body commenting on disputes and associated case law. Also includes summaries and commentaries on case law.

Restricted to UCI. tradelawguide.com


WorldTradeLaw.net includes a free resource library of current trade news and resources, plus the DSC Service, which provides summary and analysis of all WTO reports and arbitrations; a current keyword index; a database of dispute settlement tables and statistics; and a user-friendly search tool for WTO cases, legal texts, and other documents.

Restricted to UCI Law. worldtradelaw.net

Hours – July

Update: new closed date! We are closed on Monday, July 14. We are open on Friday, July 11.


We close early (4:30 pm) on Thursday, July 3. And we are closed all day on Friday, July 4 and Friday, July 11. Closures are due to Independence Day, as well as scheduled building maintenance.

Still want to study on campus? Check the UCI Libraries Study Space Locator at lib.uci.edu/about/visit/study-space-locator.html.

Related links: UCI Law Academic Calendar | Law Library Hours

New on the shelves – May 2014

Our list of new books is now updated.

cover imageIn May, the Law Library received books on immigration, labor law, international law, and criminal law, among other topics. To support the work of UCI’s growing clinical program, we added several California practice guides in print that were previously only available at UCI online, through OnLaw.

New print California practice guides from CEB include:

More CEB titles are available online in OnLaw. The site is restricted to UCI Law. Law students: see the VPN information in Technical Resources from UCI Law IT Services.

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

Summer Research Tips

libguide-summer-snipIn case you missed the Legal Research in Practice event last week, highlights from each of the sessions are available from the Law Library homepage under “How Do I…” or directly at libguides.law.uci.edu/summer. The research tips cover different jurisdictions and practice types in addition to some research basics to refresh your memory. You’ll also find information about:

  • using UCI databases over the summer;
  • connecting from off campus;
  • keeping current with legal news; and
  • contacting the Reference Desk.


New! California legal news – The Recorder

recorder-screenThe Recorder provides daily news about the California legal world, as well as judicial profiles of state judges from counties all over California.

The Recorder is one of ALM’s legal publications. Email updates are available.


More information about The Recorder is in Encore. Direct access is at www.therecorder.com.

Please note:

Construction – May 8 – 23

construction worker imageVentilation work will be going on in walls and ceilings throughout the Law Library from Thursday May 8 through Friday May 23, as part of a project to upgrade the building’s aging HVAC equipment.  It’s likely that some days will be quite noisy.

Earplugs are available at the Service Counter. A directory of UCI study spaces is available if you want to look for alternate study locations.