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Keywords – November 10, 2022

KEYWORDS: Law Library Weekly Newsletter

Greetings. It’s Keywords, the only weekly law library newsletter that’s as surprised as you are to realize it’s already almost mid-November. The air of dark and cold you sense isn’t just because daylight savings has ended. Exams are coming. But now is not the time to panic. Although you are inexorably headed toward that least wonderful time of the year, you can find comfort and refuge in all the legal research and study resources at your disposal. How to find said resources? So glad you asked….

Online Legal Resources

As a Cornell Law student, you may be aware that you have access to nearly 200 legal databases.. But do you know what each of them is for and how they can best meet your study and research needs? For example, do people use Pitchbook for baseball or for Shark Tank? Who Is Max Planck and why did he write so many Encyclopedias of Law? Would the History of Bankruptcy help you if your client was Michael Scott? If you want to explore these resources, but have no idea where to start, come to the reference desk or email us at

Online Study Aids

Have you ever wished for a world where interactive, computer-based legal lessons were in abundance? Where it was okay to have both questions AND answers? A world where law outlines were at your disposal and legal topics were summarized in a nutshell? Well, wish no further, dear Cornell Law student. That world is just a click and a quick login away.

Got Your Login?

As a Cornell Law student, you receive helpful law library tips every day, like “Never put off till tomorrow the reference question you could have asked today.” Or “The early bird gets the worm and the best seat in the Reading Room before the undergrads take over.” Here’s a new one: “It’s never too late to get your login for Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg.” If you are trying to access any of the aforementioned online legal resources and study aids and realize you still need to set up your account, don’t stress. Get help by emailing Nicholas Norton at


We will be back next week with a new edition of Keywords. In the meantime, remember that one person’s study items can very easily become another person’s treasure, anywhere in the library. If you do lose track of something in the Reading Room or any of the study carrels, come let us know at the circ desk or email us at   

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