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Boley Law Library's Coronavirus Response: Casebooks & Bluebooks

Bluebook Online

Screenshot: Bluebook Key Redemption on legalbluebook.comThe editors of the Bluebook have made the online version of the Bluebook available to any law student who does not already have their own physical or online copy. This emergency access will last for 60 days, long enough for everyone to get through the semester and any writing competitions. 

We have a limited number of keys. So, please only request access if you do not currently have a Bluebook of your very own.

Here is how to set up your new, 60-day subscription to the Bluebook Online:

  1. Email lawlib@lclark.edu from your LC email account (again, only if you do not have access otherwise)
  2. We will reply with one of our assigned 'keys' for registration
  3. Go to http://www.legalbluebook.com/, then enter your key where it says "Bluebook Key Redemption"
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up a username (unique and active email address) and password.

You can only use the key once. From that point forward, you access your account with your username and password (you may have to first log out and then log back in). The subscription will remain active 60 days from the date you redeem the key on the website.

Casebooks Online

Screenshot: VitalSource Bookshelf Login & Welcome at bookshelf.vitalsource.comMany students have relied upon the law library's reserve copy of their casebook for their assigned reading. With campus visits disuaded in the name of social distancing, we have requested temporary, online access to these casebooks. A number of publishers have responded by making their online versions available to students.

Each publisher has different rules, below. If you do not know the publisher of your casebook please contact a reference librarian and we will look it up for you.

Aspen and Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer is providing digital access to course materials, including casebooks (and more! see our E&E and Study Aids tab, above) through VitalSource Helps Program and Connected Casebooks.

VitalSource Helps Program
Follow these instructions to create your VitalSource Bookshelf account. Downloads are limited to 7 Bookshelf titles per student (hit the limit? Try RedShelf). This access will expire on May 25, 2020.

  1. Go to https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com
  2. Create a Bookshelf account, or login if already have one.
    Note: you must use your @lclark.edu LC-provided email address
  3. Once logged in, click the Explore tab in the upper-left of the screen

You may also download VitalSource Bookshelf apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, Chromebook, Mac, and PC.

Questions? See Bookshelf's FAQ and their Getting Started sites. See also RedShelf, in Other Texts, below.

Connected Casebooks
Wolters Kluwer is now also offering access to Connected Casebooks, PracticePerfect, and other resources at casebookconnect.com/free through May 31, 2020. Check here, especially if you exceed the VitalSource seven title limit.

Also go to casebookconnect.com/free to redeem access to:

  • PracticePerfect for Civil Procedure: Now available, the interactive study companion with videos, hypotheticals, & multiple-choice questions
  • An Introduction to Constitutional Law (video resources): Online library of 63 videos bringing the Supreme Court's cases to life.

Carolina Academic Press

Carolina Academic Press is also providing temporary access to their casebooks and guides through the VitalSource Helps Program. Follow these instructions to create your Bookshelf account. Downloads are limited to 7 Bookshelf titles per student (hit the limit? Try RedShelf).

  1. Go to https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com
  2. Create a Bookshelf account, or login if already have one. 
    Note: you must use your @lclark.edu LC-provided email address
  3. Once logged in, click the Explore tab in the upper-left of the screen

You may also download Bookshelf apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, Chromebook, Mac, and PC.

Questions? See Bookshelf's FAQ and their Getting Started sites. See also RedShelf, in Other Texts, below.

Foundations and West Academic

If you have your print casebook, the publisher asks us to emphasize that you please do not seek access to the online version. This is meant for students who share a casebook, do not have access to the library copy, etc. They are not prepared to handle the volume of calls if all students seek online access.

  1. You must first have a West Academic account (this not Westlaw; similar names, different companies). You may already have an individual account through our West Academic Study Aids subscription (you needed one in order to download a study aid), in which case use that account. If not, create an account here, https://eproducts.westacademic.com/
  2. Call or email West Academic and ask to set up your individual ebook. Call 877.888.1330 (ext.4) or email support@westacademic.com
  3. No proof of prior purchase is required

Lexis Publishing

Lexis Publishing is offering some title-by-title access to individuals when contacted directly. Individual students may call 1-800-833-9844 or email the Lexis representative, Jackie Steeh, to see if they are eligible. We will update this information if this process changes.

Other Texts

Not finding your casebook, other assigned text, that book which would be just perfect for your paper or research, or even a good read? See the box just below for access to hundreds of eBooks from dozens of publishers.

Other Texts for Courses and Research

Screenshot: RedShelf Responds — providing ebooks at redshelf.comPublishers all over the world, legal and non-legal alike, are responding to the pandemic crisis with temporary, free access to all of their digital libraries. These include many titles which may be assigned to your courses or would be helpful for Capstone and other research. These publishers number in the dozens, include Cambridge University Press, Columbia University Press, McGraw-Hill HIgher Education, Routledge Publishers, Sage Publishing Taylor & Francis, University of Chicago Press, and Oxford University Press.

Use these sites to access these publisher-driven sites, as well as other extensive digital book sharing initiatives (be sure to check out the Internet Archives' National Emergency Library).

National Emergency Library (Internet Archive)

Incredible collection of almost 2.5 Million fully downloadable scanned books, now fully open to all for the course of the emergency. Made up of the contents of the collections of Phillips Academy, Marygrove College, Trent University, and a million additional titles, as of March 24th all waitlists are suspended. See a title you need, download it right away and read.

National Emergency Library | FAQ | Announcement

Project MUSE (University Books and Journals)

Participating publishers, including many of the nation's largest university presses, are providing emergency free access to their eBooks and eJournals on Project MUSE. Search on Project MUSE and look for content with a distinctive "Free" icon, in addition to the "OA" open access icon. Or browse by publisher.

Project MUSE | Search | Announcement

RedShelf Free eBook Access Program

RedShelf is providing access, like VitalSource, to free eBooks from dozens of publishers. There is some overlap, but many differences in offerings, including many more professional organizations and international publishers. Plus, if you run into the VitalSource seven-download limit, signup for your RedShelf account and get another seven.

  1. Search Redshelf for your book by Title, Keywords (ex. civil procedure cases)
  2. Click the title of the text
  3. Login or create a new RedShelf account (use your @lclark.edu email, select Lewis & Clark College when prompted)
  4. Add the title to your shelf ("My Shelf")

Please note: You can not return a book at this time. Be certain to select the correct materials before adding them to My Shelf.

Questions? See the FAQ about RedShelf Responds

VitalSource Helps Program

VitalSource Helps' Bookshelf has dozens of publishers providing hundreds of titles beyond the Aspen and Carolina Academic Press casebooks. If you haven't yet, follow these instructions to create your Bookshelf account. Downloads are limited to 7 Bookshelf titles per student. This access will expire on May 25, 2020.

  1. Go to https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com
  2. Create a Bookshelf account, or login if already have one.
    Note: you must use your @lclark.edu LC-provided email address
  3. Once logged in, click the Explore tab in the upper-left of the screen

You may also download VitalSource Bookshelf apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, Chromebook, Mac, and PC.

Questions? See Bookshelf's FAQ and their Getting Started sites.

Open Access Educational Resources

Library Provided Online Resources

Research Help

Contact a research librarian for help with an assignment, project, or resource. 

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
503-768-6688
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