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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.


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, Westlaw 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 Westlaw alumni and bar patron research terminal.  This version of Westlaw offers access to federal and California case law, statutes, and regulations, KeyCite, and also offers limited access to some secondary sources.  Access to Westlaw for USF Law alumni and bar members is limited to using the Westlaw 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, Westlaw or Bloomberg Law.

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 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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