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Boley Law Library's Coronavirus Response: Casebooks, Bluebooks, eBooks

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 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, 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

West Academic eProducts cover image with url: eProducts.westacademic.comMany publishers responded to the initial COVID-19 emergency with free access to electronic versions of their casebooks. Most of those programs are no longer currently active. This section will be updated as publishers policies change.

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.

Foundations and West Academic

Temporary e-copies are available for our 2020 Summer Session courses, but only if you also have purchased a print copy.

  1. You must first have a West Academic account (this is 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,
  2. Call or email West Academic and ask to set up your individual ebook. Call 877.888.1330 (ext.4) or email
  3. Proof of purchase will be required if you did not purchase your casebook directly from West Academic.

Other Texts

Not finding your casebook, another 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 many alternative sources.

Other Texts for Courses and Research

Publishers 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).

Cengage Learning

Full access to Cengage Unlimited (ebook platform and more). Use your email when you create your account. See Cengage's Student Access How-To to begin.

Digital Public Library

Browse and directly download any of the more than 6,300 ebook titles available, including classic novels, textbooks, and non-English titles. 

Ebook Central (ProQuest)

Thousands of ebooks from over 150 publishers now available for free via our Lewis & Clark Primo Catalog. Search for your book by title, and if it is in Ebook Central just click through to the online version. Find more information and the full list of 150 participating publishers.

eBooks at Lewis & Clark

You already have access to thousands of electronic books via the Boley Law Library and the Watzek Library. These are in stand-alone electronic book collections, or as part of existing LexisNexis, Westlaw, and other databases. Three ways to find them:

Search the Primo CatalogLaw School eBook Collections | Watzek eBook Collections

OCLC Content Provider's Response to COVID-19

The global library cooperative OCLC has collected links to the many book and journal publishers (OCLC 'Partners') who are providing free online access to various collections.

Still looking for an online version of your book or article? Download this Excel spreadsheet and find your publisher: COVID-19-Partner-Content.xlsx

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

Public Books Database

A catalog of academic presses that have made hundreds of their titles freely accessible online. 

Announcement & List

Open Access Educational Resources

Library Provided Online Resources

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