Each fall and spring semester, the law library restricts access to the library during the law school's reading and exam period. During this period, USF undergraduates and non-law graduate students may only access the law library if they are working on legal research and require law library materials to complete this work. Students from other ABA-accredited law schools may not use the law library. Our access policy is available on our website and sets forth our exam period restrictions. Our hours page lists up-to-date exam and holiday hours for the rest of the calendar year.
This is a reminder to our law students that USF's undergraduate library, Gleeson Library, is open 24 hours on Monday through Thursday during the USF undergraduate fall and spring semesters. While there are some restrictions on law student use of Gleeson study rooms, law students who are looking for a 24-hour on-campus study space may use Gleeson Library. You will need to swipe to enter Gleeson just you do at Zief. You can find a full description of Gleeson Library hours for the remainder of the fall semester on this page.
USF's new Fastcase Premium subscription has let us integrate Fastcase caselaw features into HeinOnline.
Some of the noteworthy features of this integration are:
You can search caselaw from within HeinOnline via the new "Fastcase" tab.
When looking at law review articles on HeinOnline, you'll see links stating how often those articles have been cited in Fastcase's case database. These links will lead you to the cases themselves — all within HeinOnline.
Within HeinOnline these Fastcase features are available both on and off campus.
We're pleased to see the return of Words & Phrases on WestlawNext. Words & Phrases is a West-published resource that allows researchers to locate judicial definitions of a particular phrase or word.
For example, let's say you need to locate California cases that define the term "gross negligence." Click on "Cases" on the WestlawNext home page. On the next screen, you'll see a list labeled Tools & Resources on the right-side of the screen. Click on "Words & Phrases" at the bottom of the list. At the search screen, enter the phrase or word for which you want to locate a definition -- if it's a phrase, place in quotation marks:
You may also choose specific jurisdictions from the Jurisdiction drop-down menu on the bottom of this search screen. After you've selected California as your jurisdiction, you can hit search, and cases defining this term will appear in your search results. If you need assistance with this function, ask one of the librarians!
Did you know Zief has a suggestion / comment book called The Patient Stone? It is located in the student commons area by the open reserve material. The Patient Stone was a mythical stone to which people enumerated their sorrows causing the stone to burst and ward away sorrows as a talisman. Share your comments, suggestions or sorrows about the law library. Rub the stone (a core sample from our building) and wait for our response which we hope will address your concerns.
Find & Print has made its way back to Westlaw. You can now find the Find & Print links under the "Tools" tab on the WestlawNext home page. You'll have to scroll a bit to get to it -- it's the 14th link on the "Tools" tab. You can find a step-by-stop guide to using Find & Print on the West Legal Solutions Blog.