Library keychains

library-keychain-greenHelp us folks at the service counter by flashing your UCI Law keychain as you enter the Law Library, so we know you’re a UCI law student. If you don’t yet have one of the nifty green and white keychains, stop by the service counter and pick yours up.

Everybody at the Law Library will get to recognize law students as the school year goes on. But for now, please help all of us at the Service Counter with our visitor policies, so that the library remains a comfortable place to study and collaborate.


Orientation 2015

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

1L Survival Guide – Law Library basics, plus books and resources for law school success, legal research & writing, and exam prep.

Hours for the Law Library are updated on our website. Some popular library resources include:

  • Printing, scanning, and copying. See UCI Law Library > About > Computing
  • Study rooms. See UCI Law LIbrary > Students > Study Rooms
  • Phone & laptop chargers, blankets, and other amenities. See UCI Law Library > About > Using the Law Library

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, plus 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,
  • Westlaw: Kristen Knepper,
  • BloombergBNA: Tania Wilson,

California’s online statutes are now authenticated!

CAauthenticSeal In July, the California Legislative Information site announced that their online versions of California legal information would be authenticated for the California Constitution, California statutes, and California Codes.


Journal editors: note Bluebook Rule 18.2., which (in the 20th edition) addresses states’ ongoing evolution toward providing (free) statutes online, in various flavors of “authenticated” and “official.”  Also note that the Law Library continues to collect and update (expensive) commercial versions of annotated California statutes by Lexis (Deering’s) and West.

Interested in the topic of California legislative information online? There’s a long Q&A (which they call a FAQ, and which is in PDF format) about Electronic Legal Materials Authentication and Preservation, linked from the California Legislative Information FAQ at

A new look for HeinOnline

HeinOnlineHome2015Journal editors: take note! This archive of scanned legal sources has been updated. You’ll find faster, easier access to its most popular content, like legal journal articles and US primary law resources.

To get directly into HeinOnline:

  1. Make sure you’re on the UCI network.
  2. From, click the “LOG IN” button, and it’ll bring you to the refreshed home page.
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Search by Citation in HeinOnline

One especially nice change is the more obvious option to search by citation, right at the top of the screen:

New on the shelves – May 2015

whats-wrong-with-copying-cover Our list of new books is now updated.

In May, the Law Library received books on women and the law, human rights, intellectual property, and international law, among many other topics.

One of our new books is What’s Wrong with Copying? by Professor Abraham Drassinower. From the publisher’s abstract:

“[The author] frames an author’s work as a communicative act and asserts that copyright infringement is best understood as an unauthorized appropriation of another person’s speech. According to this interpretation, copyright doctrine does not guarantee an author’s absolute rights over a work but only such rights as are consistent with both the nature of the work as speech and with the structure of the dialogue in which it participates.”

Check it out upstairs in the Reading Room at K 1447.15 .D73 2015.

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.

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015)

old bluebook covers
Outdated copies from the personal collections of law librarians Ellen Augustiniak and Christina Tsou.

Time to toss your old Bluebook! The 20th edition is now available.

An overview of changes is available from our law librarian colleagues at William Mitchell College of Law:  Bluebook 20th edition changes @

Here at UCI, the Law Library will get several copies in print. (Our vendor will be shipping them soon!) We tend to have a few on reserve, so ask for one at the counter if you forget yours at home. You can also check on the shelf out in the Reading Room at KF 245 U55.

New on the shelves – April 2015

psychology-of-law-coverOur list of new books is now updated.

In April, the Law Library received books on women and the law, human rights, intellectual property, and EU legal issues, among many other topics.

One of our new books is The Psychology of Law: Human Behavior, Legal Institutions, and Law, an American Psychological Association title by Professors Bruce D. Sales and Daniel A. Krauss. From the publisher’s abstract:

“[T]he authors present a roadmap for how criminal justice and forensic researchers can use research to describe, explain, predict, and provide solutions for legal situations that can have a real impact on judges, juries, and the legal profession at large.”

Check it out upstairs in the Reading Room at KF 385 .S25 2015.

Interested in this area? You can also check out books on campus by UCI Professor Elizabeth Loftus—a leading expert on human memory and eyewitness testimony—by searching the catalog for author: Loftus, Elizabeth.

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.

Bar Exam Awesomeness: Study Less, Study Smart

According to Urban Dictionary, the bar is:

A typical right of passage, a cliche event that all would be lawyers must go through. Involves two months of unbelievably boring lectures, followed by spending the rest of the day studying in a law library or other similarly isolated and secluded environment. . . .

According to psychology professor Marty Lobdell, there are six strategies for studying smart.

  1. Study in chunks.  Take quick fun breaks.  Then, reward yourself at the end of the day!
  2. Study in a dedicated space, one where you are conditioned to study.
  3. Study actively.  Don’t worry about facts first.  Focus on internalizing concepts.  Put them into your own words, and actively quiz yourself along the way.  Make sure you are able to recall concepts beyond just gaining recognition.
  4. Keep notes during your bar lectures, and make sure you clarify and supplement after.
  5. Summarize and teach what you learn.  Whenever possible, tell a friend or family member about key concepts.  I call this:  Tell a family friend something about the law.
  6. Survey, question, read, recite, review.  Engage with your readings by getting an overview of the materials, ask yourself questions, read, and find ways to reiterate.
  7. Use mnemonic devices to remember facts for better recall.  Use acronyms, common sayings, and image associations.

Other advice for your summer of study.  Sleep.  Eat.  Get outside.  Socialize.  Sleep some more.

Finally, if it helps, remember that not everyone passes the bar on the first try.  Many people have failed before, including First Lady Michelle Obama, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, California Governor Jerry Brown, and Kathleen Sullivan, former Dean of Stanford Law School.