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Introduction to Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law  

This research guide provides basic information on using Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law at USF Law.
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2016 URL: http://legalresearch.usfca.edu/IntroLexisWestlaw Print Guide RSS Updates
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Overview

The law library subscribes to Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law.  As the largest and most powerful legal research databases, Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law have a prominent place among the law library's online research resources.

Online Tutorials

Lexis and Westlaw both offer online tutorials for law students who want to practice their searching skills.

CALI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing online learning resources to law students, also has lots of tutorials that can help you brush up on your online searching skills.

Getting Started with Lexis Advance, WestlawNext and Bloomberg Law

Access to Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law

USF School of Law Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law accounts are available only to USF law faculty, law staff, and currently-enrolled USF law students. 

Researchers who visit the law library may use our WestlawNext alumni and bar patron research terminal.  This version of WestlawNext offers access to federal and California case law, statutes, and regulations, KeyCite, and also offers limited access to some secondary sources.  Access to WestlawNext for USF Law alumni and bar members is limited to using the WestlawNext terminal located within the law library; remote use or subscriptions are not available. For information about free access to legal research resources, see our research guide, "Free & Low-Cost Legal Research Sites."

Use the links below to connect to Lexis Advance, WestlawNext or Bloomberg Law.

  • Lexis Advance
    Full-text law, legal information, and news. (from Lexis Advance you can go to Lexis.com, if necessary). [For current USF Law School faculty, students and staff only. Individual passwords required.]
  • Westlaw
    Full-text law, legal information, and news. This link leads to the Westlaw law school site, from which law school users can link to: Westlaw and TWEN [For current USF Law School faculty, students and staff only. Individual passwords required.]
  • Bloomberg Law
    Primary law (cases, statutes, regulations); company/business information; BNA secondary sources and practice guides; docket information and court filings. [For current USF law faculty, students & staff.]
 

Troubleshooting Access Problems

If you are a member of the USF Law community and you are having trouble signing on to Lexis, Westlaw, or Bloomberg Law, contact Suzanne Mawhinney, research librarian, at skmawhinney@usfca.edu or 415-422-2252. You may also contact our campus representatives directly:

Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law all have 24/7 research and tech support customer service. If you need help with online research outside of library hours, use these numbers:

  • For Westlaw research support, dial 1-800-REF-ATTY.
  • For Westlaw technical support (password troubleshooting), dial 1-800-937-8529.
  • For Lexis research, password, and technical support, dial 1-800-45-LEXIS.

  • For Bloomberg Law research, password, and technical support, dial 1-888-560-2529. 
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