Summer Access to Lexis & Westlaw for School of Law Students

Summer Access to LexisNexis for School of Law Students

Register for summer access If the guidelines below apply to your research needs during the summer, we invite you to register now for Summer Access to LexisNexis.

Guidelines for Requesting

Students may request access to LexisNexis using their Law School Educational ID from June 1 to August 1, 2010 for academic purposes. Academic purposes include, but are not limited to:

  • Research skill improvement, such as improving research efficiency and sharpening your area of law research skills as you prepare for practice
  • Summer School or course work
  • Moot Court, Law Review, or Journal research
  • Work as a professor's research assistant
  • Internship or Externship for school credit
  • Study for the Bar Exam

“Academic purposes” does not include research conducted for a law firm, corporation, or other entity (other than a professor or law school) that is paying the student to conduct research, or that is passing along the cost of research to a third party. These are deemed “commercial purposes.”

As such, students who do not register for summer access will be restricted to a limited menu of employment research during the period beginning June 1 and ending August 1.

Summer Access to Westlaw for School of Law Students

Access to Westlaw is restricted to academic purposes only. Therefore, students will not be able to access Westlaw during the months of June and July. Students may request uninterrupted access to Westlaw by clicking on the "Need Westlaw this Summer" banner ad after they sign in at http://lawschool.westlaw.com. The approved uses for Westlaw over the summer are:

1. Summer law school classes

2. Law review or law journal work

3. Project for a professor

4. Moot court

5. Unpaid, nonprofit public interest internship /externship /pro bono work required for graduation 3L's may also use the same link to request access to Westlaw while they study for the bar exam.

SOLCAT (School of Law Catalog)


SOLCAT is the online public access catalog of all materials in both the Duquesne and Allegheny County facilities. It is the best tool to determine what treatises, journals, videos, electronic resources, and reserve materials are held by both DCLI and ACLL. SOLCAT is accessible from home, or anywhere off campus, by visiting the above URL. The web interface offers easy searching by author, title, subject, or keyword. SOLCAT may also be used to manage your library account. Don't forget to logon to SOLCAT this summer for your legal research needs!

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. Use the below resources this summer to accomplish your online legal research. Each resource description in the brochure includes on-campus and off-campus user access information. The brochure has been distributed to all Duquesne School of Law students and faculty. Additional copies are available at the DCLI Service Center desk. These resource links are also available on the DCLI Legal Research Tools web page: http://www.duq.edu/law/library/databases.cfm

DCLI encourages School of Law students and faculty to utilize these powerful legal research resources. Please contact the following librarians with any questions, or to request one-on-one instruction on the use of these databases:

DCLI User Services Staff

Mr. Dittakavi Rao                      
Associate Director of DCLI
Room 121                           

Mr. Tsegaye Beru
Assistant Director for  Public Services
Room 123

Mr. Charles Sprowls
Circulation Systems & Reference Librarian
Room 215



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).

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.

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 759 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 or Barcode 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:

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

Access restricted to Duquesne University students and faculty.

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. Please stop by the DCLI Service Center Desk for the User Name and Password. 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.

Upcoming CLE: "Behavioral Science Evidence in Divorce and Custody Cases"

June 4, 2010
Duquesne University School of Law
Room 204

In this seminar, Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Family Division Judge David Wecht will be joined by forensic psychologist Dr. William Fischer and matrimonial attorney Candice L. Komar in a consideration of the behavioral scientific issues pertaining to divorce and child custody proceedings.

FORENSIC FRIDAYS is a CLE and Professional Education Seminar Series hosted by the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law.

Members of the Duquesne community - students, faculty, and staff may register free of charge. Please visit the Forensic Fridays web page for more information.

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Latest Legal Links

Law Professor Blogs


Law Professor Blogs provides a central listing of blogs designed by leading experts to assist law professors in their scholarship and teaching. The site's blogs are listed by specialized area of law, allowing the user to easily identify a desired topic. The site offers specialized blogs such as the Chinese Law Prof Blog. Each of these blog resources offers the following highlights:

Permanent Resources and Links:

  • A list of all the law professors in the field, with links to their personal web pages, along with a list of recent lateral moves, entry level hires, and visiting appointments
  • A list of casebooks and other materials, with links to the books on the publisher's web site
  • Links to working papers on SSRN, colloquia, and specialized law reviews
  • Links to professional organizations for faculty (AALS section, ABA section, etc.)
  • Links to think tanks, U.S. , state & foreign law sources, publishers, and other web sites of interest

Daily News and Information:

  • Upcoming colloquia, conferences, and meetings
  • Abstracts of working papers and recently-published scholarship
  • Book reviews
  • Career moves
  • Other items of interest regarding faculty writing and teaching