Library Corner: Available Summer Research Resources

by Patrick Butler
Reference & Electronic Resources Librarian

Large firms throughout Connecticut are expressing concern about the poor legal research skills of new and summer associates.  Knowing which resources are available to you and how best to use them will help you succeed this summer and beyond.

Ask!

When you are given an assignment this summer, don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Ask your supervisor where he or she might begin their research or whether they can recommend a good resource.  We are here to help as well!  Shoot us an email, send us a message on chat, or give us a call.  While we are happy to get you started in the right direction, dig you out of a hole when you are stuck, or suggest a research method, we are unable to do the work for you.  However, reaching out to us may save you valuable time and help you impress your boss.

Know Before You Go

If you know ahead of time what area of law and jurisdiction you’ll be working in, stop by the reference desk before you leave.  The reference librarians will be able to provide you with recommendations of useful resources.  Are you working with tax law?  Get to know the CCH IntelliConnect database.  Intellectual property law?  Are you familiar with our Bloomberg BNA Electronic Publications?  Whichever area of law you will be working in this summer, we have a number of resources to help you conduct thorough research.

Summer Access to Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw

This summer, Lexis and Bloomberg Law are both providing full access to the content you have now for current students.  Westlaw is not.  Westlaw is only available for the following academic uses: summer law school classes, law journal work, research assistant positions, Moot Court, and unpaid internship/externships for nonprofit organizations.  Students must register to extend their summer access for Westlaw.  For graduating students, Bloomberg Law provides full access for six months, Lexis requires registration for access beyond graduation, and Westlaw requires you to complete a survey to gain access for bar preparation.

Also, keep in mind that comprehensive research often requires looking beyond these popular databases, and you may be asked to conduct non-legal research.  We have a large collection of resources for legal and non-legal research that will be available to you all summer either by coming into the library or logging in remotely with your Net ID and password.

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