Newspaper Databases

You can find newspaper content on both Westlaw and Lexis, as well as through databases available from the Lemieux Library. If you’re doing research on Washington history, however, you may want to use the Seattle Times archive from the Seattle Public Library. This archives includes the complete Seattle Times from 1895 to the present.


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.


Legal Research Online

Law students tend to think of Westlaw and Lexis as the only sources for online legal research. However, these are just two of the many useful databases the Library provides. Check the Library’s list of databases for other useful options including BloombergLaw, Hein Online, and Proquest Congressional.

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How Much Does that Westlaw Search Cost?

Thinking about the cost of living outside of law school? WestlawNext offers an easy way to have a look at some of the pricing for various research services. From the WestlawNext start page, click on Tools and select Subscriber Pricing Guide. There you will see that if you have transactional subscription and the 50 State Surveys are outside your subscription, you could pay $250 to view a single survey!

Most WestlawNext customers have subscription plans that include content they use most often. The prices on the published table are for the costs to view or deliver documents that are not included in a WestlawNext subscription plan. Pricing listed reflects the “out of plan cost” of most content, but keep in mind that prices may vary for specific content.


Do Not Use “Free” Lexis or Westlaw for Work – A Reminder from Utah State Bar

It is well known that most law students in the U.S. have free [seemingly unlimited] use of major online subscription research databases. But use of these databases is an educational privilege and restricted to educational and nonprofit purposes (research and studies).

The Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Committee found that an attorney’s misuse of a student’s educational Lexis or Westlaw access is not only an ethical violation but also amounts to theft of services, a criminal act (a potential felony).  According to the Committee’s November 15, 2011 ethics opinion, “numerous” students have reported that their “initial or continued employment” has been conditioned upon a willingness to violate their agreements with respect to research services.

You can read the whole opinion here.


Westlaw help-Resolving printing or downloading issues

Have you ever used Westlaw, clicked on the link “View Westlaw Reporter Image (pdf)” (which should give you a digital image of the original document) and had the screen flash but nothing happened?  A call to the Westlaw representative (from link on Westlaw homepage), revealed that Westlaw users frequently encounter problems with viewing, downloading or printing, particularly with pdf files.  Many of these are caused by the “security” of your internet browser, it is blocking pop-ups.  So here are a couple of fixes. (more…)