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Legal Research Basics for Summer Clerkships: How to Use This LibGuide

Introduction to this LibGuide

This research guide is designed to help law students and recent graduates with common research projects during their summer clerkships. Please contact us with reference questions not covered by this guide.

Reference Assistance

To receive the quickest response, please email any reference questions to our listserv. This will be sent to all of our reference librarians. Reference assistance is available M-F, from 8 am-noon and 1:00 pm -5:00 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 Kris Lauber

Bloomberg Law, Lexis+, and Westlaw Edge

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

Bloomberg Law, Lexis+, and Westlaw Edge 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 EDGE  (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.

Vendor Training Videos

The following videos were provided by vendors from Bloomberg Law, Lexis+, and Westlaw Edge. They are intended to provide information about their systems, not to fully detail proper research practices. Please remember the information provided by the law library faculty in LAWR and ask us any questions about legal research. 

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.