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Legal Research Basics for Summer Clerkships: Library Resources

Reference Assistance

To receive the quickest response, please email any reference questions to This will be sent to all of our reference librarians. Reference assistance is available M-F, from 9 am-noon and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, excluding holidays.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book or periodical that the Schmid Law Library does not own, you may make an interlibrary loan request. This process can take up to two weeks, depending on the item requested, so it is important to make these requests as soon as possible. If you have questions about interlibrary loans, please contact Jeanine Kottwitz

Subscription Databases

The Schmid Law Library and UNL Libraries have a number of subscription databases available for student use. Please use the links below for access. 

Bloomberg Law, Lexis+, and Westlaw Precision

Can I use Bloomberg, Lexis+, and/or Westlaw Precision for work projects?

Bloomberg Law, Lexis+, and Westlaw Precision are paid services, and our contracts have restrictions for non-academic use. The restrictions for use of each service for non-academic work are outlined below. Remember to check with your employer regarding use of any research service as they may require you to use a specific system to track usage for billing.

BLOOMBERG LAW can be used for any purpose as long as you have an active account; your account will expire 6 months after graduation. You can use this service during summer employment. You may not abuse this service by making unreasonable docket requests or unreasonable amounts of content. Unreasonable usage is detected automatically and will result in the suspension of your account. UNL Law Students: Click here to create an account in Bloomberg. 

LEXIS+ has no restrictions; you have unlimited use for work.

WESTLAW Precision (including Practical Law and Practice Ready Solutions) can only be used for non-commercial research. You may use them to gain an understanding of an issue or build your research skills, but you may not use them in situations where a client is billed. Examples where you can use this password/account: summer coursework; research assistant work; law review; moot court; non-profit work; clinics; externships sponsored by the law school.