New Resources for Borrowers and Benefit Holders
We are so grateful for our borrowers and benefit package holders. Your support is important to us, so we want to make sure that during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to provide you with the value to you have come to expect from the law library!
We spend nearly $150,000 of our budget each year to bring you online resources at the library. Most of these vendors do not extend remote access through public law libraries or make that sort of license available for us to purchase. However, since we are closed under the public health order, many of those vendors have extended special login and registration procedures for the public to access premium databases from home until the library reopens. They have done so as an accommodation to the public law libraries, who continue to pay the expensive monthly charges under the original licensing agreements (which only allowed inside-the-library use).
Remote Access for Current Borrowers and Benefit Holders
We have subscribed to an online proxy server (EZ Proxy) that allows us to offer three databases remotely to our current benefit holders and borrowers. These three vendors require us to “authenticate” the credentials of the person accessing the database by entering the library card number found on the back of your San Diego Law Library borrower card.*
These sources are:
Hein Online: This database the go-to resource for government documents, law journal articles, the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and their special collections (including the Pentagon Papers, Early American Caselaw, and Presidential Papers).
NCLC Digital Library: The National Consumer Law Center’s digital library allows you to instantly access everything on consumer law. And, they have created free digital library publications that provide assistance to those dealing with the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
Gale Legal Forms (California): This database is a law librarian favorite. It contains thousands of easily searchable sample legal forms and covers almost every topic imaginable. So, if you need a sample prenuptial agreement, a cease & desist letter, or a contract to hire a tutor for your kids, this database has you covered. And, all of the forms are California specific! Access via the proxy server replaces previous access using a password.
Temporary Remote Access for All Library Users
The following vendors are providing temporary access via special login and registration:
Westlaw Edge: Westlaw is providing 20 hours of legal research for patrons that sign up for a temporary account. This account provides access to content for all 50 states and the federal courts. This includes the popular Rutter Group Practice Guides, Miller & Starr California Real Estate, the Trial Court Document library, Jury Verdicts & Settlements Library, and access to Thomson Reuters new product, Practical Law.
Lexis Advance: Lexis is providing 30 day-access for patrons that sign up for a temporary account. Patrons will receive access to federal and 50-state materials. This includes the popular California Forms of Pleading & Practice, California Points & Authorities, the Brief, Pleadings, & Motions Library, and the Company & Financial Library.
CEBPro: CEB is providing 30 day-access for patrons that sign up for a temporary account. This account provides access to CEB’s primary law, legal articles, practice guides, and actions guides, including California Attorney Fee Awards, California Civil Procedure Before Trial, Dividing Pensions and Other Employee Benefits in California, and California Trust & Probate Litigation. For more information about how to sign up for and use CEB Pro, check out this helpful video from our YouTube Channel.
Ongoing Remote Access for All Library Users
These resources are available to all patrons and do not require you to create a temporary account.
Nolo Legal Information Resource Center: We have always provided remote access to Nolo ebooks for all San Diego County residents. Nolo is a patron favorite because they make legal issues easy to understand and provide forms with examples to help self-represented litigants and legal professionals alike. For more information on accessing the Nolo database, check out this helpful video from our YouTube Channel.
Fastcase: During this Coronavirus crisis, we also augmented our license with Fastcase. Fastcase is a comprehensive legal research system that you need to try! This is an excellent resource for primary law, and they have a great citator that makes researching easy. Use the login and password on our database page to access this important resource from home.
These databases are just a few of the many resources that we have made available to help you with your legal issues during the COVID-19 crisis. Check out our Classes, Legal Databases, and COVID-19 Legal Issues pages for more information! If you have any questions about our legal databases, please contact us via email or telephone for more information or assistance.
*If you do not know your library card number or are a benefit package holder that did not receive a library card, please contact us via email or telephone and we can provide you with you library card number. If you have an outstanding balance on your account, you will have to bring your account current in order to access the proxy server. You can learn how to pay your outstanding balance using PayPal by watching this video!