What Do I Do First?
It is always good to think about the kind of material you need and what information you already have. If you have a code section it might be best to start with a Annotated Code that will offer you citations to case law and secondary sources. However, if you do not know where to start a well regarded secondary source might be best.
At your externship site, ask if there is an in-house forms and motions database or an in-house informational clearinghouse to assist you in your work product.
You can always call the librarians here at Southwestern or your local law library and ask for a good starting point. Librarians are often very familier with various databases and materials that you might have never heard of before.
Major Electronic Sources
Many of our Legal Databases offer California Criminal Law and Procedure information. Here are the current most used databases.
Westlaw and Lexis
On Westlaw and Lexis you can search for a specific title by using the "Word Wheel." Start typing the name of the source in the main search box and the "Word Wheel" will suggest materials. However, if you type too fast and hit "Enter" both systems will treat this as a key work search. This is the one time you should type slow and look at the suggestions before hitting enter.
Bloomberg Law is available through the library’s online catalog at http://libraryguides.swlaw.edu/eresources. Faculty and students can create an account at http://bloomberglaw.com/activate. An activation code is not needed but a Southwestern email address is required.
CEB OnLAW is available through the library’s online catalog at http://libraryguides.swlaw.edu/eresources. From the library, the connection is direct. From home, you will need to log in with your first and last name and the bar code number on the back of your student ID card.
Hein provides access to law reviews unavailable on either Westlaw or Lexis Nexis. You can access it from the library’s online catalog. From the library, the connection is direct. From home, you will need to log in with your first and last name and the bar code number on the back of your student ID card.
Librarians are always available to help you with any of the resources listed or for further guidance on this topic. We are always expanding our electronic resources and other materials.
Librarians staff the reference desk seven days a week. Generally, the hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m; and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can always pop in to one of our offices as well.
Other contact methods:
E-mail reference librarians at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call reference librarians at (213) 738-6725.
Can't find a publication on WestlawNext or Lexis Advance? Come to the reference desk and let us help you find it.