HeinOnline announced that it has placed its "how to" tutorials on YouTube. The videos cover the basics of searching and navigating HeinOnline, as well as how to get the most out of HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Documents library.
As a USF law school graduate, you're welcome to come back to Zief whenever you need to do legal research.
Access is free; all you need for post-graduation access is a bar card or your free USF alumni card. (Alumni cards are available during business hours from the law school’s Alumni Relations office in Kendrick Hall.)
Here are some ways you can use the Zief Library as an alum —
Studying for the Bar: individual grads are welcome to use the library to study for the July Bar Exam, and groups of recent grads may use group study rooms for collaborative study.
Visiting the library to conduct legal research using the many practice-oriented materials in our collections.
Consulting with Zief research librarians on research projects. If you're not in town, you can call, email, text, or chat.
Using library computers or our public wireless network for internet access. To log on, ask for a one-day user name and password at the Circulation/Reserve Desk each time you come to the library.
Using most of the diverse array Zief Library online legal research resources. The Zief research librarians can give you the full scoop on the full range of free and low-cost online legal research tools available to you after your law school Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law access ends. Here's just a small taste of what's available for on-site use by alumni:
California practice guides from CEB via OnLaw
Full-text law reviews, cases, federal statutes, regulations, and more from HeinOnline
BNA's in-depth legal information sources and current-awareness tools
Selected CCH Intelliconnect databases
Ravel's online research service ("Advanced" plan with analytics)
Fastcase — online legal research service with visualizations of results
Accessing a generous subset of WestlawNext via our "Westlaw Bar Patron Access Terminal" on the main level of the library.
Lexis representative Teal Taylor will be offering three on-campus training sessions, which will cover research skills such as secondary sources, Terms & Connectors searching, and starting research with a statute. To sign up, visit the Lexis training calendar page. Students will receive 400 Reward points and will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win 5000 Reward points (2 prizes will be awarded).
Our new Scannx book edge scanner is installed and ready for use! The scanner is located in the law library's main floor printer room (same room as the Lexis printer). You can scan to a USB drive at no cost, and the new scanner allows you to crop images and create searchable PDFs. If you need assistance with the new scanner, please contact the Law IT help desk at email@example.com or extension x2220.
USF Law Library's reading and exam period begins on December 3, continuing to December 19. During our reading and exam period, we restrict access to the library to help ensure that law students have adequate space for exam preparation. Law students from other law schools may not study at USF Law Library from December 3-19. During the law school's reading and exam period, USF non-law undergraduate and graduate students may only use the law library if they are working on an academic project that requires legal research. For more information on library access and hours during exams, please see our access policy and our current hours page.
The next generation of legal research platforms has arrived. USF law students, staff, and faculty now have access to Ravel Law, which includes case searching with data-visualization and judge analytics. Ravel takes case searching to a whole new level by providing intuitive data-visualization features so that you can easily identify the most important cases and see connections between cases. Take a look at this short video of case searching with data visualization.
Ravel’s judge analytics provides current information about federal court judges, including a biographical profile, as well as a comprehensive list of decisions authored by the judge, the cases that the judge cites to most frequently, and decisions citing them. Watch Ravel's short judge analytics video demonstrating this helpful tool.
Access is by IP address, so you must be working on a computer within the USF Law network to use Ravel Law. Go to Ravel Law now and sign up using your USF email address. As always, please contact the Zief research librarians if you need help navigating this new research platform.
Welcome to our incoming OneLs and welcome back, upper-division students! You've probably noticed some significant changes to USF web pages, including the law library website. Our most current hours, including information on special holiday hours, are still listed on our website. We return to our regular fall semester hours on Monday, August 24.
Have a question about legal research? You can contact our research librarian team by phone, in person, by chat, or by text. Our Zief research help web page has all of our contact information and our chat widget.