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Learning Remotely: Resources for Students

This guide provides resources from the law library, IU, and elsewhere to assist students in working and learning remotely.

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Working remotely doesn't mean you're working in isolation!

This guide provides information on law library, IU, and other resources and services available to help you continue your research and learning from home.

Research Sources & Services

Law Library Online Resources

Electronic resources the Law Library and IU Libraries subscribe to should be accessible from home, by using our proxied links. 

IU Libraries Online Resources

In addition to the Law Library's index of databases, you have access to dozens of other online sources for multidisciplinary research through the IU Libraries.

Law Library Research Guides

The Law Librarians have authored a number of subject-specific research guides you may find helpful while working remotely as well. 

Remote Research Services

The reference librarians are available to assist with your research remotely. Contact them via chat, ask-a-librarian, or contact an individual specialist using the links to the left. 

Circulation Services

Searching for Library Materials

You can search the print and electronic holdings of all IU Libraries using IUCAT, the University's online library catalog.

If you are working remotely and require only a chapter from a book or an article from a journal, the Law Library can scan the material and email it to you through our scan on demand service.

Need to Borrow from a Different Library? 

If the material you need is not available from an IU library, you can submit an interlibrary loan request, and our staff will try to retrieve it from a non-IU library. Physical materials will arrive at the library, and you will receive an email when it arrives. If you need a chapter from a book or an article from a journal, you will receive the item via email.

Need to Renew Materials?

If you borrowed something from an IU library and are an IU user, you can log in to your IUCAT account and renew online.

If you borrowed something through Interlibrary Loan or are an Indiana resident user, email lawcirc@indiana.edu.

Online Access to Casebooks & Study Materials

Forgot your casebook at school? As a part of COVID-19 response efforts, several legal publishers are offering e-book versions of their textbooks for a limited time. See below for specific instructions from individual publishers. 

West Academic / Foundation Press

Students can call West Academic at (877) 888-1330 and speak with a customer service representative for help getting e-book copies. Be sure to have the title, author, and edition of the textbook needed.

  • Introducing: West Academic Study Aids - access hornbooks, nutshells, and other popular study aids from this online platform.
Wolters Kluwer / Aspen

Casebooks

  1. To get started, students should visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com and log-in or create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided email address. 
  2. Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account for both students and instructors.
  3. Once students create an account with an institution-provided email address, they should log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. This tab provides access to the freely available e-textbooks.

For a complete list of VitalSource frequently asked questions regarding access to the VitalSource Helps Program, please visit their site to learn more.

Please note that at this time, student downloads are limited to 7 titles and trial access will expire on Monday, May 25th, 2020.

** Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library **

Access a large variety of popular legal study aids, including the Examples and Explanations series. 

Lexis

Students can call (800) 833-9844 to find out if their casebook is available as an e-book.

** LexisNexis Digital Library - Study Aid Collection ** Check out e-books from LexisNexis. Log in with your IU credentials.

Carolina Academic Press

Carolina Academic Press partners with VitalSource to offer e-versions of their textbooks. VitalSource just announced that students will be able to access their e-books from the VitalSource platform for free through May 25th. You'll have to create an account using your school email address, then use the Explore tab to search for your casebook and add it to your VitalSource bookshelf.

The Bluebook - Online

Our friends at the online Bluebook have sent access codes to the Law Library, for anyone who left their Bluebook in Bloomington, and is in need of this citation resource. If you need an access code to The Bluebook online, email Ashley, aaahlbra@indiana.edu.