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Library and Technology at LSU Law During Spring 2020: E-books

E-books

During this crisis, several of the major publishers of books commonly used in law schools have offered to make e-books available to students free of charge. Please note that access to these e-books is temporary and will expire at the end of the spring 2020 semester. 

The terms of these offers, and the methods by which students are asked to gain access to the e-books, differ from publisher to publisher. If you would like to request access to a particular book, first identify the publisher from the spring 2020 book lists:

2020 Spring First Year Book List

2020 Spring Upper Class Book List

Once you have identified the publisher of the book(s) you would like access online, find the publisher in the list below and follow the steps indicated there. We are still waiting for information from some of the publishers, and this guide will be updated as we receive that information. 

Please note that NOT ALL TITLES are available as e-books. If you have identified the publisher of a specific title, and you cannot find the title on that publisher's e-book site, it is probably not available as an e-book. 

The Bluebook

We have arranged for free access to the online version of the Bluebook through www.legalbluebook.com for all LSU Law students. You will receive an individual trial access registration key from Assistant Dean Venie via email on Thursday, March 19. Please check your email, including junk and spam folders, for this email. The subscription is active for 60 days from the date you redeem your key on the website.

Carolina Academic Press

Carolina Academic Press uses VitalSource as their e-book platform. E-books are available through VitalSource for free through May 25. This includes titles from the Understanding Law series (e.g., Understanding Torts, etc.). To access e-books through VitalSource, follow these steps:

  • Create a VitalSource BookShelf account (you MUST use your LSU email address) hereNOTE: If you already created a VitalSource account to access Wolters Kluwer or Aspen titles, you do NOT need to create a second account. 
  • After you have created an account and logged in, click the "Explore" tab in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • Search for the book you are looking for using its title or the ISBN. The ISBNs are included in the spring 2020 book lists linked above.
  • Once you find the book you are looking for, click on the book’s image in the search results. Click the “Borrow” button that appears on the right side of the screen.
  • Click the “Open Book” link that appears in the upper right portion of the screen.

Lexis Nexis

All LSU Law students, faculty, and staff now have temporary access to the LexisNexis Digital Library Trial Site for 59 days, beginning on March 19, 2020. This service gives you access to a collection of treatises, practice guides, study guides and more in eBook format. Follow the steps below to access this virtual library:

A LexisNexis Digital Library app is also available for Android and iOS.  Simply download the app and enter lndltrial as the organization code, then sign in with your email address.

West Academic Casebooks (includes American Casebook Series and Foundation Press titles)

West Academic is offering complimentary e-books to all law students. West has stated that this offer is only for required materials and for students who don’t have access to a print textbook.

To get access to required materials for your classes, please follow these steps:

  • Set up a West Academic account at https://eproducts.westacademic.com/. NOTE: This is NOT your Westlaw account. You will need to set up a separate account with West Academic. You MUST use your LSU email address for this account. 
  • Call 1-877-888-1330 (ext.4) to setup your e-book (please set up your account at the link in the previous step before you call). 

We also have access to multiple-choice assessment questions that are keyed to West Academic Publishing and Foundation Press casebooks, or available by subject to work with any casebook. These multiple choice questions are available through the West Academic Assessment platform. To use this platform, please follow this set of instructions. You will need a West Academic account, but you can use the same account you created to use West casebooks or the West Study Aids. You MUST use your LSU email address for this account. 

West Academic Study Aids

West is offering temporary access to their online Study Aids site, which includes Nutshells, Hornbooks, Sum & Substance, and more. To set up an account and access these titles, please follow the steps below:

  • Visit this link.
  • Click ‘Create an Account’ in the upper right-hand corner and follow the prompts. NOTE: This is NOT your Westlaw account. You will need to set up a separate account with West Academic. You MUST use your LSU email address for this account.
  • Setup your account, sign-in and verify your school email address.

Once your account is properly set-up, you can use this address to log in. 

Wolters Kluwer (includes Aspen Publishers)

Wolters Kluwer and Aspen are making e-book titles available through VitalSource. This includes Examples and Explanations titles and other study aids. To access e-books through VitalSource, follow these steps:

  • Create a VitalSource BookShelf account (you MUST use your LSU email address) here. NOTE: If you already created a VitalSource account to access Carolina Academic Press titles, you do NOT need to create a second account. 
  • After you have created an account and logged in, click the "Explore" tab in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • Search for the book you are looking for using its title or the ISBN. The ISBNs are included in the spring 2020 book lists linked above.
  • Once you find the book you are looking for, click on the book’s image in the search results. Click the “Borrow” button that appears on the right side of the screen.
  • Click the “Open Book” link that appears in the upper right portion of the screen.

 




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