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Oct. 3, 2005.
Kristy Moon, editor.

Course Reserves

Course reading materials are sometimes posted on the course web page, but if the professor tells you that he or she put the reading materials “on reserve” with the Library, there’s a simple way to view what they are and whether they’re available electronically or in print.

• Begin with the Library catalog, Marian, at
• Click on “Course Reserves.”
• Search by course name (e.g., Washington State Constitutional Law) or professor’s name (e.g., Spitzer).

You’ll see a list of titles put on reserve for that course. For each title, it will say whether it’s an e-reserve (INTERNET) or a print material (CHECK THE SHELVES). For e-reserves, click on the title and then click on the hyperlink to the document. You’ll be asked for your UW Net ID and password. For print materials, stop by the Circulation Desk. Print reserve materials can be checked out for four hours.

LexisNexis & Westlaw Registration

New students – if you haven’t yet registered your activation code and password, you must do so promptly:

If you do not have LexisNexis activation code and Westlaw password, please stop by the Reference Office to pick them up. If you have any questions, contact reference librarian Kristy Moon at

Laptop Cables

The Law Library is a beautiful and comfortable place to study; however, thefts do occur. So do not leave your backpack or laptop unattended, even for a short time – it takes only seconds for someone to take your things.

There are anti-theft loops underneath all carrels and tables in the Library. We highly recommend that you secure your laptop with a 6-foot Kensington lock cable (available at the University Bookstore for $39.95). Imagine how sad and upset you’d be if your laptop suddenly disappeared with all your class notes and other valuable documents. If you notice a suspicious person or activity in the Library, please notify the Library staff.

Library Displays

East Asian Law Display
--Rob Britt, East Asian Law Department

We invite you to take a look at a display featuring Asian law programs and publications here at the Law School. The display case is located near the center of floor L2 in the Law Library. Titled "Landmarks in the History of Asian Law-Related Programs and Publications at UW Law School," the display uses a colorful timeline to highlight important people and events in the development of Asian legal studies at the Law School, from 1961 to the present. It includes photos, graphics, and documents depicting the program's rich history, and also provides a sampling of the great variety of faculty publications that the program fostered over the years.

Constitutional Law Display
--Kristy Moon

In December, Congress designated September 17th as Constitution Day to commemorate the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution. Pub. L. No. 108-447, §111, 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (2004). It amended 36 U.S.C. §106 to require federal government and educational institutions receiving federal funding to provide an educational program about the Constitution on September 17 of each year. A subsequent notice of implementation was published by the Department of Education in 70 Fed. Reg. 29,727 (May 24, 2005).

The Law Library’s talented staff member, Nikki Pike, created a wonderful display to celebrate Constitution Day. Take a look at the display case near the Library entrance door the next time you visit the Library.

For additional resources on the Constitution, visit the National Archives and Records Administration website at To see an annotated Constitution, go to Cornell’s Legal Information Institute at