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Law Library News for December 3, 2001

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive


Cool New Resource: Hein Online

by Jonathan Franklin

Please help us testdrive a new product, Hein Online, on the MARIAN homepage, right under LegalTrac.


It is a database that offers law review articles that look exactly like the print volumes and has articles going back well before 1980.

  1. Why use Hein Online in addition to LexisNexis or Westlaw?

It includes thousands of articles not on LexisNexis or Westlaw because Lexis and Westlaw law review articles start in 1980.

It includes images of the pages, instead of just blocky text. This means that Hein Online articles look exactly like the print law review pages, including graphs, charts, and pictures!

  1. Why use Hein Online in addition to print law reviews?

Hein Online permits you to search the database with keywords. Try doing that with print journals. You can also search by author, title, or citation.

With Hein Online you can print the journal instead of standing at the photocopier for an hour. You can even e-mail an article to yourself, for research purposes, of course.

Some law reviews may even accept Hein Online pages for cite checking because they are scanned from the original print text. Check with your editor for your journal's policy.

  1. What is wrong with Hein Online?

Hein Online does not have a full run of every law review known. It is a growing product, so it has full runs of some journals and partial runs of other journals. It is not one-stop shopping, yet, but it is a great product worth trying.

Hein Online is not extremely expensive because they scan the law reviews and convert the pages to text, but do not spend a vast amount of time correcting the text. This means that there are occasional typos in the text. Although Hein Online costs thousands of dollars a year to subscribe to, it would cost tens of thousands of dollars if they had editors checking for all typos.

Please give it a test drive by going to the MARIAN homepage and looking for Hein Online in the middle column, right under LegalTrac.

If you have any feedback, please let me know --- Jonathan Franklin.

Where Can You Study?

If you want a place to study through the night, consider the Odegaard Undergraduate Library (OUGL) - a 5 minute walk from the Law School (on "Red Square"). In addition to carrels and other study places, it includes the UWired Commons with hundreds of computer terminals for word processing, email, and Internet research. OUGL is regularly open 24 hours a day, from Sunday noon through 6pm Friday, and 9am to 6pm on Saturday. From midnight to 8am, access is limited to UW students, faculty, and staff, so be prepared to show your Husky card!

OUGL will have extended weekend hours during finals:

  • Thursday, December 13th, open 24 hours
  • Friday, December 14th, close at Midnight
  • Saturday, December 15th, open 9 am - Midnight
  • Sunday, December 16th, open at 9 am......close at 9 pm, Thursday, December 20th (last day of Quarter)

For an online map and more information, see

Taking Exams in the Library

As you know, you may choose different places to take your law school exams. Possible locations in the Law Library include carrels on floors 4, 5, and 7; tables on floor 7; long tables in the Reading Room; and group study rooms on floors 4, 5, 6, and 7. The group study rooms are for UW law students only. Students wishing to study in a group have priority -- that is, one student taking an exam alone should defer to a group of students who are reviewing for their next test.

Over the years, Law Library staff members have occasionally heard student complaints about noise in the Law Library during exams. Please note that even though you will be totally absorbed by your exams, this remains a working law library. Your classmates and other users will look for material; shelvers will push booktrucks down the aisle and shelve books; other staff will file supplements in looseleaf services; people will come and go from the Copy Center; reference librarians will answer patrons� questions. We will not disrupt your concentration intentionally, but you should be aware that some background noise is inevitable. If you do not want to hear people shelving books, then you might prefer to take your exams in a classroom. (There�s a stereotype that librarians are always shushing people in order to enforce an atmosphere of total silence, yet here I am telling you that the library has to be a little noisy. Says something about stereotypes, doesn�t it?).