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Students - J.D.

Contacts

Reference desk: 752-0210 | Email: lawlibref@ucdavis.edu

New Books

The Library prepares a monthly list of Recent Acquisitions (new books). Recent acquisitions are on display in the Main Reading room on the shelves near the entrance of the Main Reading room (located off the Mabie Law Library Lobby).  UCDavis Law Students may request to borrow new books at the Circulation desk.

Faculty Publications

The Library maintains an archive of Law faculty publications and exhibits selected faculty publications in the corridor south of the Mabie Library Lobby. Each faculty member is asked to select a representative sample of his/her publications to include in the exhibit.

Databases, Books & Other Materials

Finding Databases:

Visit the Library's Find Database page for details about legal databases found at the Mabie Law Library and databases from other disciplines available through other UC Davis libraries.

Finding Books:

Visit the Library's Find Books page for details on searching for books found at Mabie Law Library, other UC Campus Libraries and beyond.

Borrowing Books & Interlibrary Loan:
Procedures for borrowing, returning, renewing and interlibrary lending of books and other materials are found at the Circulation Services web page.

Exams Database

The Library maintains an exams database that is restricted to law students and requires use of student ID. Paper copies of exams of faculty who do not allow online distribution are kept at the Reserve desk. Contact: 752.3327 or Circulation/Reserve desk.

Students with Disabilities

Shields Library adaptive computer equipment: The U.C. Davis Student Disability Center maintains adaptive computer equipment (password required) on the first floor in the Reading Room behind the Information Desk. This area is generally for the use of disabled UC Davis students registered with the Student Disability Center.  See also Library Services to Patrons with Disabilities at: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/services/disabil-access.php.  The U.C. Davis Student Disability Center (SDC) is a department within the Division of Student Affairs and is located at 54 Cowell Building. Please call (530) 752-3184; (530) 752‑6833 (TTY); contact them at:http://drc.ucdavis.edu/contact.html


Online Legal Research Options for Disabled Students: Lexis-Nexis is compatible with accessibility software, including JAWS and Window-Eyes.  According to Westlaw's accessibility statement, Westlaw "can be used by individuals utilizing assistive technologies such as text-based browsers, screen readers (such as JAWS and Window-Eyes), Braille terminals, and other adaptive devices (e.g., screen magnifiers, voice recognition software)." Also, Westlaw offers Westlaw Text Only (http://text.westlaw.com) which is "a frameless, text-based interface that optimizes Westlaw for users with visual or mobility impairments, and those with slower internet connections." Individuals with disabilities may contact Westlaw's Reference Attorney Assistive Technology Help Line at 1-800-418-9378.

Course Reserve

Materials that are required and recommended by law professors for a specific course are located along the back wall of the Library's Reserve area. These Course Reserve materials are arranged in alphabetical order by professor's last name. To see what has been placed on Course Reserve or when specific items are due, consult the library's catalog, MORT, by entering the course name or the professor's last name.

Current-Awareness: Alerts & Newspapers

Alerts:
Students may track current developments in the law and other areas of interest via e-mail alerts. Reference librarians can provide assistance setting up the search queries to activate these automatic searches in Lexis and Westlaw or activating table of contents e-mails for specific publications from other vendors such as Bloomberg BNA, CCH, RIA or CILP (a weekly index to legal periodicals).

Newspapers & Magazines:
Copies of the Davis Enterprise, The Economist, Los Angeles Lawyer, Ms., New York Times, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Business Journal, Sacramento Lawyer, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Attorney and Wall Street Journal are available weekdays in the Darling Reading Room.

Keycards

UCDavis law students will be given keycard access to King Hall for after-hours access to all areas of the Library except the Reserve section and special collections.  The cards, which have photo identification, can be used to check materials out of the Library collection.

Lost and Found

Found items are held at the Circulation Desk for a reasonable time. Items are then turned over to the Law Student Association or, if valuable, to the campus police.

Desktop Support & Computer Services

The Information Technology "I.T."department provides desktop support for all computers and printers in King Hall and maintains a Computer Lab for UCDavis Law students only. Law students are also provided with Microsoft software, anti-virus protection, Examsoft software, campus e-mail account, wireless access, printing accounts, and personal backed-up data storage drives -- for details visit the I.T. department.

Computers in the Library on Level 3 may be used by anyone for research, but are not available for email or word processing. Contact: 752-7569 or mhoffman@ucdavis.edu

Photocopying

Your ID card will allow to you to use the photocopy machine located in the Stack area on Level 3.

Assistance with Research & Library Collections

Reference Librarians are available to assist students with print and online legal research in person during open hours  (except on Saturdays), via email or by telephone at 752-0210. Students, especially research assistants, are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a Reference Librarian to discuss individual research needs.

Study Space: Carrels

First year and LL.M. law students are assigned a study carrel in the Library, two students per carrel. Second and third year students can request to be assigned a carrel.  Assignments are made on availability and demonstrated need.  Open seating is at tables in the Reading Rooms, at carrels marked X on the floor plans and/or window carrels.  Click here  to read study carrel use guidelines. 

Tours

Upon request, librarians will conduct a library tour.