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Bloomberg Law: Pick-up Your Activation Code

Please get your activation code for Bloomberg Law (BL) Bloomberg Law provides free access to primary sources of law, and more, while you are at school, and six months after graduation. To collect your activation code please visit the Center and see Mr. Tsegaye Beru.

Upcoming DCLI Spring Exam Hours

Extended hours of operation for exams are Monday, April 28- Wednesday, May 14. The Center will be open 7:30 a.m. - 2 a.m., Monday through Sunday, during this period.

Spring Exam Hours (Monday, April 28 - Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Monday - Sunday
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 15


Please visit the DCLI hours page to view a complete schedule of operation.

Please Maintain Quiet in the Center

DCLI strives to maintain a quiet place to study. The Center requests the cooperation of all students and faculty in adhering to our quiet study rule, especially during the upcoming Exams Period. This includes refraining from loud talking, cell phone use, or any other loud behavior. Please respect your fellow student's desire for quiet study space. Study rooms are available for groups that need to collaborate. Otherwise, please save any conversations for outside of the Center. This policy pertains to all areas of the Center, including all three floors of the library and the Service Center desk. We are confident, with everybody's cooperation, that we will successfully provide a quiet place to study.

Reminder: Upcoming DCLI Easter Break Hours

The following schedule reflects DCLI closings and hours of operation during the upcoming 2014 Easter Break.

April 16 - April 22, 2014 (EASTER HOURS)

Wednesday, April 16

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

Thursday, April 17- Sunday, April 20


Monday, April 21

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

Tuesday, April 22



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

Reminder: DCLI Student-Employment Opportunities 2014 Summer Session & 2014-2015 Academic Year

DCLI is accepting applications for Student-Assistants for the 2014 Summer Session and 2014-2015 Academic Year. Submit completed applications to Edna Maravich, 4th floor Murray Pavilion. Only one application is necessary to apply for both Summer AND the 2014 - 2015 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.

Latest Legal Link

Google Scholar


Google added "Legal Opinions and Journals" resource to its list of features and tools in November 2009. Users can access Case law for free via Google Scholar. Visit the above address and select "Legal Opinions and Journals".
Researchers can enter key terms, party name, or citation, to search for legal opinions. Full-text access to journal articles is usually blocked for proprietary reasons, unless the user is a subscriber of an electronic journal collection.

An advanced search function allows the user to set search limits in numerous fields. Users can search all legal journals and opinions simultaneously, search only US federal court opinions, or search opinions by selecting the desired state or combination of states.  Opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court date from 1791. Federal Circuit, District, Tax, and Bankruptcy court opinions date to 1923. You can choose to search Federal appellate opinions by choosing "All federal appellate courts" in the Advance Scholar Search. State appellate opinions are available as well, beginning with 1950. Google Scholar provides a choice of searching appellate courts from within a particular state. You can search state appellate opinions in the “Advanced Scholar Search' option by clicking on "Select specific courts to search".  Next, scroll to the desired appellate court listed under the state's heading. For instance, you could choose "Commonwealth", "Superior Court", or "Supreme Court" under Pennsylvania.

Opinion results include the page numbers of the case, corresponding exactly to the page numbers of the print reporter version of the case. Results also include lists of cases cited and related articles. These features, especially free and full-text access to legal opinions, make Google Scholar a valuable resource for law students and legal professionals.

    • Select "Legal Opinions and Journals"
    • Retrieve cases by reporter citation, party name, keywords, etc.
    • U.S. Supreme Court cases from 1791, Federal Circuit, District, Tax and Bankruptcy Courts cases from 1923 and State Appellate Court cases from 1950
    • Retrieved case shows page numbers to the published reporter, Cases Cited and related articles.
    • Advanced Scholar Search feature offers more options such as selecting a specific court
    • Journal citations are also available