Law Library News & Announcements - 2011 Archive

Casebook-specific lessons from CALI (12/5/11)

Need some last-minute study assistance? CALI (the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) has a series of lessons based on the contents of specific casebooks. Check to see if your casebook has associated lessons. If you need to set up a CALI login, contact Sharon Nelson at or 753-2021.

Reading Period/Final Exams Noise Policy (11/23/11)

The following policy is in effect Monday, Nov. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 14:

Noise Policy for Reading & Final Exam Periods
In response to student requests, and to provide an environment conducive to study, library users are requested to keep all conversations very low in volume. If those nearby can hear them, the volume is too high.
Library staff will ask those violating this policy to reduce the sound level; a second violation will result in being asked to leave the library.
Ringers on cell phones are to be silenced (i.e., set on vibrate). When a call is received or a patron needs to make a call, the patron should leave the library to conduct the call.
Thank you for your compliance with this policy and very best wishes for success on your exams!

Four-hour loans on study aids (11/23/11)

From Monday, Nov. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 14, all volumes on Reserve in the "Understanding" and "Examples & Explanations" series will be on 4-hour loan. These titles will revert to one-day loans after the Reading Period & Final Exams end. 

Reading Period/Final Exam/Holiday Break Hours Posted (11/10/11)

Please see our Hours page for upcoming schedules. If you're planning on using the library over the holiday break, please note we will be closed Dec. 23 - Jan. 2.

Social Networking survey underway (10/11/11)

The Law Library is conducting a brief (4-question) survey about using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate library news and events. An email with a link to the survey was sent to all law student Z-id email addresses last week. Please look for it in your email and let us know what you think!

Power outage in Swen Parson 6:00 a.m. - 10 a.m. Sat. Oct. 8 (updated 10/7/11)

Ongoing electrical repairs will require a shutdown of power to parts of Swen Parson, including parts of the library, from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 10 a.m.

Free 'Federal Rules' e-books (9/15/11)

eLangdell e-books are now available as a free download as a joint project of the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell Law School, and the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Titles available are Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Federal Rules of Evidence. The books can be read on iPads, iPhones, Nooks, or any device, software, or app that supports .epub formats. Download the books from

Changes to NIU wireless access (8/5/11)

Effective Mon. Aug. 8, you may need to download a new security certificate before you can connect to the wireless network. Go to and click on new NIU Wireless Security Certificate. More information is at

Law Library extends open hours for weekend of July 22-24 (7/20/11)

In response to requests from students who are studying for the Illinois Bar Exam, the law library will have extended open hours this weekend, Friday, July 22 - Sunday, July 24. The new schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, July 22: Open 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (rather than closing at 5:00 p.m.);
  • Saturday, July 23: Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (rather than being closed all day);
  • Sunday, July 24: Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (rather than opening at 1:00 p.m.)

Limit VuFind searches to Law Library (7/11/11)

The VuFind version of the NIU catalog now allows you to narrow searches to only show items held by the Law Library. Perform a search in VuFind as usual. Under "Narrow your search," "Law" will appear under "Location" if the Law Library holds items relevant to your search. Click the word "Law" to see only those items held by the Law Library. 

Online catalog unavailable July 8 -11 (7/8/11)

Voyager, the Law Library's online catalog, will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday July 8 until approximately 6 a.m. Monday, July 11 due to a system upgrade.

Loislaw access ends June 30 (6/22/11)

Wolters Kluwer, the provider of Loislaw, is ending their program to provide free access to the Loislaw database to the law school effective June 30, 2011. This does not affect the Aspen treatises online, which will continue to be available. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact one of the librarians.

Illinois Supreme Court to switch to public domain citation effective July 1 (5/31/11)

Printed versions of the official Illinois reporters, Illinois Reports and Illinois Appellate Reports, will cease as of July 31.  The official body of Illinois court opinions will now reside on the Illinois Supreme Court's website at The new citation format will consist of a public-domain case designator number and internal paragraph number(s), though parallel citations to unofficial regional reporters will still be allowed. For more information, see

IntelliConnect announces new features (5/23/11)

Wolters Kluwer / CCH has announced several upcoming enhancements to their IntelliConnect service, including clustering of search results by document type, a forthcoming alert service for updates to Aspen treatises, and a forthcoming mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Blackberry. View the video to learn more.

HeinOnline announces eTOC (Table of Contents) alert service (5/4/11)

MyHein alerts to new journal and law review titles in the database have been renamed eTOC alerts. The alerts will now include table of contents for each journal, including direct links to each article listed. For more information on setting up eTOC alerts, see

Online Intellectual Property Law Collection now available  (5/2/11)

The Law Library now subscribes to HeinOnline's Intellectual Property Law Collection. It includes nearly 2 million pages of legislative histories, treaties, classics, documents, and other materials focusing on copyrights, patents and trademarks in the United States. Access it by going to HeinOnline and selecting "Intellectual Property Law Collection" from the "Subscribed Libraries" column.

Congratulations, Graduates! (4/22/11)

Congratulations on earning your JD! With everything you need to do to wrap up your final few days at NIU, a few things are bound to fall through the cracks. This is just a friendly reminder to return any items you've checked out from the Law Library and to also check your Bursar account to make sure any library fines or fees you may have incurred have been paid. (You can check your MyNIU account online at If you need additional information about a specific library-related charge on your Bursar account, please stop by the Circulation Desk or call us at 815-753-0507.

Please note all alumni are eligible for continued borrowing privileges at the Law Library. Please stop by the Circulation Desk and we will be happy to assist you with setting up your alumni account.

FDsys adds U.S. Statutes at Large (4/1/11)

FDsys, the Government Printing Office's online repository of authentic published government information, has announced the availability of the United States Statutes at Large. Volumes 65-94 are now online and additional volumes will be added in coming weeks.
FDsys is replacing GPO Access, GPO's online system launched in 1994. See the FDsys website for lists of collections and additional government publications now on FDsys, and instructions for how to search and browse the materials.

New name for Congressional Universe (3/28/11)

Congressional Universe, also known as LexisNexis Congressional, has been rebranded by the publisher to ProQuest Congressional due to the sale of the database to ProQuest.

LegalTrac interface change (3/7/11)

The LegalTrac interface now features an updated look and additional functionality. RSS feeds for predefined topics and user-defined searches are now available on the database's home page. The search box allows users to select subject, keyword and full-text searches without switching screens, while the Advanced Search allows users to limit searches by publication type, date, and other parameters. LegalTrac currently contains over 1.6 million articles from 1980 to the present.

HeinOnline announces new features (3/1/11)

  • Top 100 most-cited listings now available in the Law Journal Library: This new option, under the "browse" menu, lists the top 100 cited authors, articles and journals across all of the titles available in HeinOnline, based on Bluebook citation analysis. A link to the article and a list of articles that cited that article are included. The list will be updated monthly.
  • Scholarly articles links added to World Trials Library: Links to more than 1,300 scholarly articles are now available in the World Trials Library. These articles are all related to famous world trials and are default sorted by most-cited, but can also be sorted (or searched) by article title or author.

Mobile version of NIU Libraries catalog available (1/19/11)

A version of the VuFind catalog optimized for mobile devices is now available at The mobile version supports searching, requesting, and access to My Account settings. The 'Exit' link on the bottom of each screen connects to the regular (non-mobile) VuFind interface.

'Preferences' now available in VuFind 'My Account' (1/19/11)

The VuFind interface to the NIU Libraries' catalog features a new 'Preferences' option within My Account that allows users to designate a default pick-up location (for requests) and a default cell phone number (for the "text me this call number" feature). These preferences will appear as the defaults during future transactions but can be overridden. 

National Consumer Law Center materials (1/10/11)

Supplementary materials to NCLC's "Consumer Credit and Legal Practice Series" are now available online. Materials are either in Microsoft Word or Acrobat (.pdf) format and include appendices to the print volumes plus statutes, regulations, agency interpretations, forms, pleadings, handbooks and much more. To access these materials go to or use the links on the library's home page or the Online Research Center page.

Law Library will be closed Sat. Jan. 8 (1/6/11)

Due to electrical work in Swen Parson, the Law Library will be closed Saturday, Jan. 8. Holiday hours will resume Sunday, Jan. 9. See our Hours page for a complete schedule.