Summer Online Research

Did you know you can use your Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg accounts during the summer? Each service has different rules (especially about whether or not you can use your account for work purposes) and you might have to extend your password. Visit each providers homepage for more information.

Non-Legal Research

Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg all have some non-legal resources (including news, business and people finding tools), but sometimes you need more than that. Lemieux Library, SU’s undergraduate library, subscribes to a number of useful databases. Look through the list by subject area to find multiple resources for your research.

Featured Database: Bloomberg Law – A New Tool for Federal Docket Research

While dockets are becoming easier to look at on WestlawNext and Lexis Advance, actually pulling up pleadings can still be a problem.  If you’ve ever wished that we had access to PACER (the federal courts clearing house of court filings) you are now in luck. Bloomberg Law is a new database available to SU law students and faculty and it is an excellent tool for finding federal court dockets and pleadings.  In addition to searching individual dockets, the Bloomberg Law interface also allows for keyword searching across dockets, something that is not possible on the PACER database.  One caveat, when you are looking at a docket you will see hyperlinked document numbers next to each pleading/motion.  If the number is blue you can pull the document up directly.  If the number is green, the document will be sent directly to your e-mail address.

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