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Introducing a New Library Service for Students - Personal Law Librarian (PLL)

The Center provides each student a Personal Law Librarian (PLL) to serve as point of contact, answer any questions about the library, as well as offer guidance in accessing the collections, services, and facilities available to Duquesne law students. The Center recognizes the need for personal attention for the law students, and the PLL-Student partnership accommodates this important academic need by offering superior service, unmatched by any other institution. Your PLL will be in contact with you soon, take a few moments to consult with your librarian, and maximize the critical resources and services available to you through the Center.

The PLL proactively ensures that each student is aware of the numerous resources and services available through the Center, and makes arrangements so that all research and legal information needs are successfully fulfilled.

Students and graduates enjoy PLL assistance throughout the academic year, as well as the summer. The Center extends PLL services to graduating students, and those preparing for the bar exam. PLL services include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
Critical PLL Services for Law Students

  • Training referral for electronic and print research materials
  • Give tours of the library and explanations of collections
  • Provide information on newest services, programs, and events
  • Current awareness and legal news about the Center and the Legal Profession
  • Update students via email messages with the latest DCLI offerings designed for students
  • Answer questions about library policies, procedures and services.
  • Arrange research assistance, and help with assignments, by acquainting students with the right research tools for their situation. This includes the development of productive search practices, enabling the student to conduct their own research, and establish skills essential for employment in the legal profession.

Valuable PLL Services for Graduating Students and Bar Takers

    • Research refresher courses
    • Access to Bloomberg Law
    • One Year Free Allegheny County Law Library membership (Includes Westlaw & Lexis Access)
    • Access to DCLI Legal Research Databases
    • Borrowing privileges of both DCLI and ACCL research collections
    • Clearance of library account
    • Study Room usage

    DCLI Electronic Subscription Databases

    In addition to LexisNexis and Westlaw, increasing numbers of the best loose-leaf services, treatises, journals, and other resources have been converted to online services. The Center for Legal Information subscribes to numerous electronic resources to provide Duquesne University School of Law Students and Faculty the most current legal research materials. These resources have been compiled into a convenient brochure, which is available at the Service Center Desk. These resource links are also available on the DCLI Legal Research Databases web page: http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/law/law-library/legal-research-databases

    DCLI encourages School of Law students and faculty to utilize these powerful legal research resources. Your PLL will contact you soon. Please take the opportunity to consult with your PLL for more information, or to request one-on-one instruction on the use of these databases:



    Students and Faculty can access HeinOnline from home or in DCLI by logging in with your name (For example Jane Doe) and Duquesne University ID number (16 digit number on ID card).

    HeinOnline provides a number of search and browse features for over two hundred law reviews and the Federal Register, providing the exact page image of legal journals. Journal holdings typically begin from a journal's inception to its most current volume. Holdings information is included in SOLCAT for each title.


    Students and Faculty can access HeinOnline from home or in DCLI by logging in with your name (For example Jane Doe) and Duquesne University ID barcode number (16 digit number on ID card).


    LegalTrac offers indexing for over 800 major law reviews, legal newspapers, specialty law publications, bar association journals and thousands of law-related articles from general interest publications.  Titles with full-text holdings may be identified by searching SOLCAT by title.

    Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

    CALI offers Access to 600+ free CALI Lessons. Visit the following URL and use the below login information to access CALI both on and off-campus:

    •  Logon to www.cali.org/register

    •  Create a new username/password using the authorization code. You can obtain the authorization code by visiting the DCLI Service Center desk.

    •  Get free access to 600+ CALI lessons in 32 legal subject areas!

    •  Use relevant lessons during the semester or before finals to help reinforce what you learn in class.

    Access restricted to Duquesne University students and faculty.

    Bloomberg Law (BL)

    Access is restricted to Duquesne University law students and law faculty. Please consult with your PLL to get your activation code and to answer any questions about accessing and using Bloomberg Law.


    BNA Online

    Duquesne University students and faculty have access to the Bureau of National Affairs' (BNA) collection of online, subscription-based, legal research databases.

    BNA Online - Individual Title Access
    A list of BNA Online titles is available through SOLCAT, the School of Law Catalog: http://library.law.duq.edu/. Select "TITLE" from the drop-down menu and enter "BNA Online" into the search engine. Press RETURN or Click "Go". To access on-campus, select any of the resulting 737 titles in the list and click on the accompanying URL. No authentication is necessary. Use the following login information to access BNA resources off-campus:

    User Name: Your Name

    Password: DU ID Number

    CCH Library - Intelliconnect

    Many Commerce Clearing House (CCH) loose-leaf services have been converted to digital format. These products track, report, and explain their respective topic area. CCH Libraries are valuable research resources which provide the most up-to-date information.

    CCH's Intelliconnect platform provides access to the following libraries:

    • Antitrust & Trade regulation
    • Business & Finance
    • China Law Express
    • Corporate Governance
    • Corporation Law
    • Federal Securities
    • Health & Human Resources
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Omnitax
    • Health Law & Compliance
    • Kluwer Arbitration
    • Labor E-Library

    To access CCH Intelliconnect, both on and off-campus, you must first create a login account.

    • From a computer in the DCLI library navigate to http://intelliconnect.cch.com
    • Select the "Click this link to create a User ID" link
    • Complete the required fields and select the "Submit" button.
    • Press the "Login In to CCH" button.

    Access restricted to Duquesne University students and faculty.

    Making of Modern Law


    Making of Modern Law is a comprehensive full-text collection of over 21,000 legal works published during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. You can access Making of Modern Law from on-campus by visiting the above URL.Use the following login information to access Making of Modern law off-campus:

    User Name: Your Name

    Password: DU ID Number

    RIA Checkpoint Tax and Accounting Databases

    DCLI subscribes to RIA Checkpoint, providing digital access to multiple resources that were previously available in print as loose-leaf services.

    RIA Checkpoint is a source for tax and accounting research products. It combines popular RIA and WG&L titles into an integrated online service. Researchers have access to U.S. Tax Reporter, Federal Tax Coordinator 2d, RIA Citator 2d, and a variety of additional titles.

    You can access RIA Checkpoint from on-campus by visiting the following URL http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/law/law-library/legal-research-databases and scroll down to the RIA Checkpoint link. Visit the same link and use the below login information to access RIA Checkpoint from off-campus. If you prefer, you can use this non-proxied link on any DCLI computer.

    User Name: Your Name

    Password: DU ID Number

    Access restricted to Duquesne University students and faculty.



    Palawlibrary provides access to several key Pennsylvania legal research sources. Coverage includes Pennsylvania District & County Reports (1977-present), selected Pennsylvania county opinions not published in the D&C, Pennsylvania Law Weekly: Digests of Recent Opinions (1994-present), Philadelphia City Solicitor opinions, and Pennsylvania court rules. Please stop by the DCLI Service Center Desk for the User Name and Password, to access Palawlibrary.com, both on and off-campus.

    Access restricted to Duquesne University law students and faculty.

    Pennsylvania Legislative Services. Capitol Toolbox


    In-depth coverage of Pennsylvania legislative, regulatory and executive actions. Includes bill tracking, current Pennsylvania House and Senate calendars, voting records, and other current awareness services. Please stop by the DCLI Service Center Desk for the User Name and Password, to access Pennsylvania Legislative Services both on and off-campus.

    Access restricted to Duquesne University law students and faculty.

    Please consult with your Personal Law Librarian (PLL) for information about the Legal Research Databases, or to request one-on-one instruction on the use of these databases.

    Upcoming Event: An Afternoon with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas



    Tuesday, April 9, 2013
    Duquesne Union Ballroom
    3:30 p.m.

    Join the School of Law in welcoming Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. Registration is required. Register today at www.duq.edu/law/justicethomas.

    U.S. News’ Ranks Duquesne University in Top Tier of Best Law Schools

    U.S. News & World Report has named the Duquesne University School of Law among first-tier schools in its 2014 Best Graduate School Rankings. With a ranking at No. 144, this marks the first time in 10 years that the School of Law has been ranked in the top-tier.

    Click here to read the entire article.

    Printer Message on DCLI Computers

    Students are encountering a message when they try to print from the library computers, basically, it says “Current User Account Balance: $60”. The message is a little vague, and some students think they owe the University $60. Rest assured, students do not owe money for printing.

    The reason for the printer message is that the University CTS turned on the printer quota over break. The $60 is the student account credit balance. In other words, students have been provided $60 dollars' worth of printing, which is anticipated to be more than ample for your printing needs. Here's the official policy explanation from CTS, including a link to their very informative FAQ page:

    Print Management

    Print Management for Public Computer Labs

    Starting in the Spring of 2013, all printing in public computer labs will operate under a quota system. Each student will be able to print 3000 pages per year at no cost. There are multiple benefits associated with managing the printing on campus under a quota system. The primary reason for instituting a quota system is to sustain equitable 'practically free' printing campus wide. In addition to sustaining equitable printing at practically no user cost, the management system will reduce the near 68% of wasted print jobs that are left on printers unclaimed. The print management system allows CTS to expand the printing service to include student wireless laptops through cost savings.

    Please visit our FAQ page for more info.

    Upcoming Student Organizations Events

    Family Law Society Spring Meeting

    Thursday March 21, 5pm-6pm, Room 301

    student organizations

    Learn about upcoming events and plans!

    Interested but cannot attend either meeting?

    Email DuqFamilyLaw@gmail.com to get involved!

    Self Defense Class Hosted by Family Law Society

    "Attention all Duquesne University Students"

    student organizations

    Have you ever found yourself wondering how you would defend yourself in the case of an attack?  Many people have thought about it and many people do not have an answer; yet, hopefully none of you ever have to face that life-changing decision of "what to do?"   

    However, in the hopes to provide answers and solutions to that question of "what to do?", Duquesne University's Family Law Society is sponsoring a Self-Defense class taught by Duquesne University's own Campus Police Department. 

    Next Wednesday, March 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room 205 of the Power Center, join us as we learn how to defend ourselves!  

    Snacks and prizes will be provided to attendees!!  

    Please note, however, that due to the size of the room, space for the Self-Defense class is limited!

    So Family Law Society is asking everyone to RSVP to the event by Monday, March 18th to: rices@duq.edu.

    The Federalist Society Presents Greg Lukianoff

    Censorship with commentary by Professor Ledewitz

    President of the
    Foundation for Individual
    Rights in Education (FIRE)           
    Wednesday, March 20
    12:00 p.m. Room 203
    Lunch Provided

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    DCLI Student-Employment Opportunities 2013 Summer Session & 2013-2014 Academic Year

    DCLI is accepting applications for Student-Assistants for the 2013 Summer Session and 2013-2014 Academic Year. Submit completed applications to Edna Maravich, 4th floor Murray Pavilion. Only one application is necessary to apply for both Summer AND the 2013 - 2014 Academic Year. The application is available at the following link:

    Application for Work-Study Grant-In-Aide

    *Unfortunately, graduating students will not be eligible for employment after the current semester. Also, the library Student Assistant position is not available to students also employed as Research Assistants or other University positions.

    DCLI Easter Break Hours

    The following schedule reflects DCLI closings and hours of operation during the upcoming 2013 Easter Break.

    March 28 - April 1, 2013 (EASTER HOURS)

    Thursday, March 28 - Sunday, March 31


    Monday, April 1

    7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, April 2


    Please visit the Hours page to view a full schedule of operation.

    Upcoming Law School Events


    Annual Duquesne Law Clinic Open House
    Monday, March 18, 2013
    3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom
    Learn about the Duquesne Law Clinic and meet and recruit students for clinical and externship placements. RSVP to lawclinic@duq.edu or call 412-396-4704. To view the open house schedule, visit www.duq.edu/law/clinics.

    First-year Oral Arguments
    Saturday, April 6 & Saturday, April 13, 2013
    9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    School of Law
    Alumni will serve as judges of oral arguments delivered by first-year students in support of appellate briefs prepared in the Legal Research & Writing Program.  A reception for alumni, faculty and students will follow each session. Learn more: http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/law/academic-programs/legal-research-and-writing-program/judging-first-year-oral-arguments. Questions? Contact Susan DePasquale, 412.396.1120 or lrwadmin@duq.edu.

    U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution CLE
    Tues., April 9, 2013
    Africa Room, Duquesne Union
    12:30 p.m. lunch available
    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CLE
    3:00 p.m. Book Signing
    Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University, constitutional scholar and author, will present a special two-hour CLE with Dean Ken Gormley and Judge Thomas M. Hardiman. Faculty members can attend free of charge. The PA CLE Board has approved the course for two hours of substantive CLE credit. Register today at www.duq.edu/law/amarcle.

    Duquesne Law Alumni Events
    61st Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner
    April 19, 2013
    5:00 pm
    Duquesne University Power Center
    Special Guest:  John Dean
    Join the Duquesne Law Alumni Association for the 61st annual reunion dinner. The evening will include presentation of the DLAA “Distinguished Alumni” and “Outstanding Achievement” awards. John Dean, former White House counsel in the Nixon Administration, author and commentator will speak about Watergate 40 years later.” Learn more and register today at www.duq.edu/law/reuniondinner.

    Philadelphia Law Alumni Reception
    April 30, 2013
    Maggiano's Little Italy, 1201 Filbert Street
    5:30--8:00 p.m.
    RSVP by April 26 to lawalumni@duq.edu

    Legal News Links

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    After U.S. high court win, FTC pushes to unwind hospital deal

    Phone hacking lawyer: 100s of new victims

    Opinion: Steubenville case shows how the rules have changed

    Latest Legal Link

    Way Back Machine


    The Way Back Machine, known as the “Internet Archive”, collects changes made to web sites over extended periods of years, and allows the use to access from their online repository. Although originally a collection of web sites, Way Back expanded to include books, moving images, and audio files. Previous versions of web sites are accessible by simply entering the URL into the search engine. Next, the site presents a calendar to choose the desired version of the web site from a specific date. The site, content, and links are available for visitors to explore. Way Back aspires to provide a free digital library of the internet, including its more recent offerings books, videos, and music. Enter search terms, such as topic, and choose media type from the drop-down menu. Interestingly, the Way Back Machine utilizes Google Books as its source for electronic texts.