FAQ During Instructional/Business Continuity
Question: I left my books in my locker. Can I get electronic access to my casebook?
Most casebook publishers are providing online access, where available, to students during instructional continuity periods. Since their policies and procedures may change as they receive inquiries, we will post any known changes to this site but we also encourage you to speak directly to the casebook publisher for the most current information.
If you have a casebook published by:
- West Academic (which includes any imprint by West, Thompson-West, or Foundation Press), please email West Academic Support or call (877) 888-1330.
- LexisNexis, please call (800) 833-9844.
- Carolina Academic Press. See VitalSource instructions below.
- Wolters Kluwer (which includes the Aspen imprint). See VitalSource instructions below. Note: If a Wolters Kluwer book is not available through VitalSource, please also check to see if it is available through the WK Online Study Aid Library.
- Oxford University Press, please contact your faculty member.
Oxford University Press. Not all of their titles are online, so they need to check title by title. They ask that any faculty member using one of their casebooks call them at 1-800-445-9714. They will need the class and the ISBN of the casebook adopted.
For any publisher which says that their materials are available through VitalSource, please follow the instructions below to gain access:
- To get started, visit VitalSource’s Bookshelf and log in or create a Bookshelf account with your institution-provided email address.
- Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account.
- Once you’ve created an account with an institution-provided email address, log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. This tab provides access to the freely available e-books.
- Search for the textbooks you need for class. You can add up to 7 e-books to your VitalSource Bookshelf and you will have access to them through May 25, 2020.
- If you have any difficulty creating or accessing your VitalSource Bookshelf account, please visit the VitalSource Helps Support Page.
QUESTION: Can I get electronic access to study aids?
Yes! Thanks to the generosity of our legal publishers, several study aid collections have been made available to our student body during the covid-19 health crisis. Details on each package is below.
West Academic has made its large collection of study aids and materials available to Georgetown Law students until June 15, 2020. This package includes Gilberts, Nutshells, Concepts & Insights, Hornbooks, and Concise Hornbooks. There are two ways to access this platform:
- Option 1 – Go to West Academic through the library’s website. You will be prompted to sign-in with your Georgetown NetID and password. If you would like to take notes, highlight, and download titles for offline access, you will need to sign-in using a West Academic account (Option 2).
- Option 2 – Login with a West Academic account. To create or use an existing West Academic account, please do the following:
- Go to West Academic.
- Click ‘Create an Account’ in the upper right-hand corner and follow the prompts OR If you already have a West Academic account, click ‘Sign-in’ and verify your Georgetown email address
Wolters Kluwer is providing access to their WK Online Study Aid Library until June 30, 2020. This collection includes titles such as Casenote Legal Briefs, the Emanuel aids, and Examples and Explanations. Once you sign-in with your Georgetown NetID and password, you should see these words at the top of the screen:
You are logged into Georgetown Law.
You will then be able to use the study aids on this platform without creating a personal account. However, if you want to use additional features like bookmarks, notes, and highlights, go ahead and create a personal account to unlock these features. Note: If a Wolters Kluwer book is not available through the WK Online Study Aid Library, please also check to see if it is available through VitalSource (instructions for accessing VitalSource are located above under how to access electronic casebooks). LexisNexis is providing access to their LexisNexis Digital Library until May 25, 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:
- Go to: LexisNexis Digital Library
- Enter your email address as the Username. This email address needs to be the same Georgetown email address that you used to register your Lexis Advance account.
If you have not yet registered for Lexis Advance or if you registered after March 27, 2020, please email the Library’s Reference Desk to request Lexis Advance access and/or to request that your Lexis Advance registration be enabled for the LexisNexis Digital Library.
Question: I have books checked out and due in the coming weeks but can’t get back to campus to return them. What do I do?
Answer: If these are Georgetown University Law Library books (which will bear our name on the book), don’t worry! We are in the process of extending all due dates so that no one needs to return materials until the University returns to normal operations. We will send out an update when this is completed.
Question: I have interlibrary loans that are due in the coming weeks but can’t get back to campus. What do I do?
Answer: We will be in touch with every member of our community who has borrowed books from other libraries through us. Since these are not our materials and we cannot unilaterally change the terms of the loans, each situation is necessarily different, so not every solution will be the same.
Question: Will research and reference librarians be available to assist me with research questions and locating materials?
- You can reach the reference desk during these hours
- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday
- Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
QUESTION: I LEFT MY BLUEBOOK IN MY LOCKER. CAN I GET ELECTRONIC ACCESS TO THE BLUEBOOK?
Answer: The Law Library has a limited number of access codes for the electronic version of The Bluebook. If you do not currently have access to a print or an electronic version of The Bluebook, please email to request a code.