Mercer Law School
 
 

Student Services

Find Books

LawCat
Use LawCat, the law library's online catalog, to find books and other materials available at the Mercer University libraries, including the Law Library.

Google Books
Use Google Book Search to find and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide.
 
HathiTrust Digital Library
The HathiTrust Digital Library is a shared repository of works digitized by its research library members and many are available in full text.  

IndexMaster
IndexMaster is a compilation of the table of contents and indexes to over 10,000 legal titles from over 90 legal publishers.

Library of Congress Online Catalog
The Library of Congress serves as the research arm of the United States Congres. It is also the largest library in the world, with nearly 128 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. This site is useful for checking and validating bibliographic information on a book. 

WorldCat
Use WorldCat to locate books and other materials from over 12,000 librarires worldwide. WorldCat is especially helpful in initiating an interlibrary loan request.

HeinOnline Legal Classics Library
The Legal Classics Library offers more than 1,800 works from some of the greatest legal minds in history, including Joseph Story, William Blackstone, Henry Maine, Frederick William Maitland, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Edwardo Coke and many more. In addition to many "classics", this collection includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world.

Can't find a book?  
You may consult our law librarians at the Reference Desk (301-2334) for assistance in locating a book. If the law library does not own the book you need, or it is not accessible online, we may obtain it from another library through our Interlibrary Loan Service, available exclusively to Mercer law students and faculty. The requested item generally arrives within two weeks; contact the circulation desk in person or call 301-2613.


Find Articles in Legal Literature

LawCat
Use LawCat, the law library's online catalog, to find where law reviews and journals are physically located in the Law Library. If an external link to a subscription database is provided for a specific title, access to full-text articles will be available.

A to Z eJournals
Mercer Law Library's A to Z eJournals provides access to online law reviews and legal journals in collections to which the library subscribes.

HeinOnline Law Journal Library
The HeinOnline Law Journal Library provides full-text access in pdf format to law reviews and journals. Coverage begins with a journal's first volume but may not include the most recent issues. You can search by article title, author, description, date, or across the full text of the articles.

Bar Journals
HeinOnline Bar Journals provides full-text access in pdf format to over 75 state and local bar Journals. You can search by article title, author, description, date, or across the full text of the articles.

Westlaw / WestlawNext Journals and Law Reviews
Westlaw/WestlawNext Journals and Law Reviews contains the full text of articles from law reviews, CLE course materials and bar journals. Coverage varies.

LexisNexis US Law Reviews & Journals, Combined
LexisNexis US Law Reviews & Journals contains articles in full-text from law reviews, CLE course materials and bar journals. Coverage varies.

Index to Legal Periodicals Combined
Indexes articles from over 1,000 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal courts, yearbooks, annual institutes, and annual reviews of the work in a given field or on a given topic are also covered. You can also access the full text collection from 1983, or the retrospective coverage from 1908 - 1981 separately by selecting the "Indexes" tab at the top of the ILP homepage. 

Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law (available on HeinOnline, 1958 – 2007)
Indexes articles of research value that are not included in the other indexes. Select Law Journal Library, and then browse the alphabetical listing for this title. 

The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (Law Library Alcove, 1985 - 2011)
Indexes articles in English language and foreign language journals in the fields of public and private
international law, comparative law and the municipal law of all countries except the U.S., U.K.
and Commonwealth countries with common law systems.

 

Find Articles in Academic Literature

A to Z eJournals
Mercer Law Library's A to Z eJournals provides access to online journals from a variety of disciplines in collections to which the library subscribes

Galileo
Galileo, a consortium of participating Georgia libraries, provides access to over 2,000 magazines and journal articels on all subjects.

Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar to find peer-reviewed papers, theses, abstracts and technical reports from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities. The "Advanced Scholar Search" provides fields to look for articles by author, publication, or date. Although Google Scholar is free, it is limited. A researcher should also search other resources, such as ILP, HeinOnline, Lexis and Westlaw.

JSTOR

JSTOR provides back files for most journals, but starting in January 2011, more than 174 journals will contain current issues. Mercer University subscribes to The Arts & Sciences I, II and III, and also Health & General Sciences. JSTOR's agreement with publishers include an updating provision referred to as a "moving wall," which is a fixed period of time ranging from 3 to 5 years (but publishers may elect walls anywhere from zero to 10 years), that defines the gap between the most recently published issue of any journal.

ScienceDirect
ScienceDirect is one of the largest online collections of published scientific research in the world. It is operated by the publisher Elsevier Science and provides access to the current twelve months of full text articles from approximately 200 journals in science and medicine, with some coverage of social sciences and humanities (particularly management, economics, psychology, and linguistics). It also includes the International Journal of the Sociology of Law. The issues are available on a rolling basis, so when the March 2012 issue is posted, the March 2011 issue is removed.

Wiley Online Library
Considered a premier source for study, teaching, and advanced research, this database offers scholarly materials from a wide range of science in full text format from 1997 to the present. Collections also include Law and Criminology (American Business Journal, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Criminal Behavior and Mental Health, and much more). An open padlock icon represents titles within Mercer University's subscription.

Can't find an article?
You may consult our law librarians at the Reference Desk (301-2234) for assistance in locating an article. If the law library does not own the journal, or it is not available  through our subscription databases, we may be able to obtain the article from another library through our Interlibrary Loan Service, available exclusively to Mercer law students and faculty; contact the circulation desk in person or call 301-2613 to submit an ILL request.

 

Find Newspapers

Georgia Newspapers Online 
Coverage varies, but most newspapers listed on this site provide current issues only.

Atlanta Journal Constitution  
Online access through LexisNexis Academic 1991 -

 

Additional Services

Reference and Research Assistance
Law students may consult with Law Librarians, most of whom teach legal research courses, at the Reference Desk (or call 301-2334) for assistance and advice on identifying and developing effective research strategies. Our Law Librarians can also assist students with using Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, Lexis, HeinOnline, ILP, and other subscription databases, and with specific and general questions on using the print collection, services, and facilities of the law library.

Reserves
High demand items, such as popular study aids from the reserve collection (located behind the circulation desk), may be checked out for two hours for use in the law library only. Within two hours of closing, some reserve items may be checked out overnight but must be returned one hour after the library opens the next day. 

Study Rooms and Carrels
For your convenience, the Law Library has nine  rooms for group study. Four of these rooms on the third floor are equipped with technology to facilitate collaboration while studying. Keys to the study rooms can be checked out at the circulation desk. Although the library is wireless, we do have many individual carrels and tables with outlets for laptop use. 

Scanners and Photocopiers
A do-it-yourself scanning station is available on the second floor of the library where you can scan and email documents for free.  We also have four digital copiers, two of which will reduce, enlarge, collate, and make double-sided copies. 

Printing
Five high speed laser printers are easily accessible throughout the law school building. One is located in the law library, three (including a color printer) are in the computer lab, and one is in the student lounge on the first floor. Students receive $40.00 of free print credits at the beginning of each academic year. Student print accounts are charged 5 cents for each page printed from the black and white printers, and 25 cents for each page printed from the color printer. Additional print credits may be purchased as needed, and unused print credits carry over to the next academic year.

Borrowing privileges for law students:

  1. One and two-volume treatises from the general collection may be checked out for two weeks.
  2. Two (two-week) renewals are allowed, and may be made in person or by calling 301-2612.
  3. A limit of 10 items may be checked out at once.
  4. Most one and two-volume reserve materials may be checked out for two hours, for library use only. Within two hours of library closing, reserve materials may be checked out for overnight use, and may leave the building. These items will then be due one hour after the library opens the next day. Some materials, including codes, regulations, reporters, and multi-volume sets, do not circulate overnight.
  5. Video tapes and audiotapes in the general collection may be checked out for 24 hours, and may be renewed for a second 24 hours.

Fines for law students:

Treatises: 10 cents for each day overdue, for law students. For all other patrons, 25 cents for each day overdue.

Reserve materials (including DVDs, video and audiotapes): 25 cents for each hour overdue.

DVDs and videocassettes: 25 cents for each day overdue.