2013 Law Library Orientation Tech Essentials

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Onsite Library Orientation 2013


Before Orientation

Below is a list of items that should be completed before Orientation.  These items are essential for your success in law school, and we will be using them in your Law Library Orientation session.  Please complete the following items in the order they are listed.  When working on these items, if you are prompted for a username and password, unless otherwise indicated, use your College of Law username and password.  If you have difficulties completing any of these items, come to the Orientation Jump Start session on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 anytime between 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Be sure to look at the First Assignments List so you can come prepared to your Orientation Week classes.

You may also want to look at the C|M|LAW Student's Library Guide.


Differences between CSU CampusNet Account and C|M|LAW Account

As a C|M|LAW student, you will receive TWO sets of login credentials, one from the main university and one from C|M|LAW.  The logins for both accounts use CSU ID (a 7-digit number) as the username. However, the passwords for the two accounts are not synchronized, and you will need to set each of them separately.

CSU (CampusNet) credential

  • CSU website and CampusNet
  • Email (…@cmlaw.csuohio.edu)
  • Wireless Network log on for the entire campus, including the Law School. (more info)
  • To Set/Reset password, go to https://campusnet.csuohio.edu or call (216) 687-5050

C|M|LAW credential

Change C|M|LAW Password

These instructions will allow you to change your C|M|LAW account password. It applies to C|M|LAW web page, and law library computer lab access. If you wish to change your CSU CampusNet password, please visit the CampusNet website.

  1. Visit "Change C|M|LAW Password" page.
  2. You will be asked to login.  Enter your Law School username and the temporary password you received on your orientation letter. Click "Login".
  3. At the "Change C|M|LAW Password page, enter your new password twice and click "Change Password".  Your new password must meet the following requirements:
    1. minimum 8 characters long
    2. contain a CAPITAL LETTER
    3. contain a lowercase letter
    4. contain a number
  4. You will be logged out once you successfully changed your password.  You may now login with your new password.

Register with Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis for Law Schools & Westlaw Law School/TWEN

Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis and Westlaw provide access to databases composed of cases, statutes, regulations, law review articles, newspaper articles and more.

Acceptable Use

Unless otherwise noted, C|M|Law Students use of  these databases is restricted to school-related research purposes only. It is a violation of the Student Honor Code to use these databanks for non-academic work.  Violators may be subject to loss of access and expulsion from school.

Sign up for Bloomberg  Law

Go to the  Bloomberg Law activation page: http://bloomberglaw.com/activate.  Use your C|M|LAW email address to sign up. You will receive an email with your access information.

Register Your LexisNexis Activation Code and Create Your Custom ID & Password:

  1. Go to the LexisNexis for law schools registration page : https://register.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/
  2. Enter the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Activation Code you received in your summer mailing.
  3. Use the temporary ID & password you receive to complete your registration.  The system may initially view you as registering for "Summer Access," but, after entering your anticipated graduation date, the system should fully recognize you.
  4. After completing this process, record your permanent ID & password and keep it handy.

Registering Your Westlaw Password and Creating Your Custom Username & Password:

  1. Access Westlaw using https://lawschool.westlaw.com
  2. Click on the Register Password Now! link under the "Sign On" box.
  3. Click on the  "Registering for the First Time?" link.
  4. Enter an E-mail address that you check often to link to your password.
  5. Enter the numeric-alpha password that you received in your summer mailing.
  6. Follow the directions to fill in your information and create a personalized username & password, and keep it handy. 

Accessing TWEN (The West Education Network)

TWEN is a course management system offered by Westlaw.  Many C|M|Law faculty use TWEN pages with their courses.To Sign up for a TWEN course:

  1. Sign On to  Westlaw : www.lawschool.westlaw.com
  2. Click the TWEN link in the top navigation bar.
  3. Select  the  Add Course button to see the available courses at our school..
  4. Check  the box next to the name of the desired course(s), then click Submit at the bottom of the page.
  5. Click on the Twen link to view your list of TWEN courses. Select the name of the course you want to view its contents.

You will receive information about printing from these services at your Library and IT Orientation.

Note:  You can also connect to Bloomberg,LexisNexis and Westlaw from the Law Library home page – Click on LexisNexis or Westlaw under the “Quick Links” menu.

Register on CALI

CALI offers interactive electronic lessons on many legal subjects, such as property and civil procedure. CALI lessons can teach you skills useful in law school, such as how to prepare for class, as well as basic lawyering skills, such as legal research and writing. Faculty sometimes assign CALI Lessons as homework or in-class exercises.

For instructions (and to view a video) on registering on CALI, click here. .[You will be prompted to enter your College of Law username and password to connect to the CALI registration instruction page.]

Note: You can connect to CALI from the Law Library home page.

Create a Scholar/OhioLINK PIN

Scholar is the campus-wide catalog for the CSU libraries. CSU also participates in a state consortium of libraries called OhioLINK. If CSU libraries don’t have an item you want, you can search for, and request, it in OhioLINK.

Note: You can also connect to Scholar and OhioLINK from the Law Library home page .

A Scholar/OhioLINK PIN will enable you to manage checked-out materials, requests for materials, and more. To create a Scholar/OhioLINK PIN, follow the instructions below.

  1. Connect to Scholar.
  2. Click on MY ACCOUNT within the top black navigation bar.
  3. At the My Account page, type in your first and last name and CSU ID#, then click on the Submit button.
  4. The system will note you did not enter a PIN, and prompt you to do so or to create one. Follow the instructions and prompts to create your PIN.

For additional information on Scholar, OhioLINK, Law Library loan periods, and renewing materials see the following pages:
Law Library Circulation Policies
Scholar Help: Searching

Subscribe to BNA's US Law Week

Practicing attorneys use current awareness services to keep up to date on new case law and other developments. One of the best known current awareness services is U.S. Law Week/Supreme Court Today by BNA. This email service summarizes important new state and federal cases and tracks Supreme Court cases. You should get in the habit of using a current awareness service to keep up with legal developments.

To sign up for email delivery of BNA's US Law Week, follow the instructions below .

  1. Go to:  Sign up for Email Updates
  2. Click on BNA publications within the sentence “Sign up for headlines and alerts from licensed BNA publications , or change email preferences”
  3. Follow the instructions to create an account profile using your College of Law email address.
  4. On the BNA EMail Registration page select  U.S. Law Week and Supreme Court Today from the title list, then click Save.

When you get emails from BNA, the links cannot be accessed if you are off campus. Use the proxied link - U.S. Law Week/Supreme Court Today - or the links on the Law Databases Page.  Alternatively, use the password, accessible to C|M|LAW students, faculty and staff.

Computer Lab Information

Be sure your student account is active – go into the Law Library Computer Lab and use your CSU ID and C|M|LAW password to log on to your Account. If you cannot log on, consult the C|M|LAW IT staff.

Review key information on Computer Lab procedures, available word processing software, your H: drive space, Lab printing, and much more here.

CSU Wireless Network Information

Review information on the CSU Wireless Network here.

For information on how to configure your laptop according to CSU's specifications go here.

If you have any difficulties configuring your laptop, consult the C|M|LAW IT staff.

Email Information

Review information on your CSU Email Account and Webmail here.

To configure your mobile devices to receive your email, please see this page.

Law Contacts and Services

Access Services
For assistance with borrowing materials at CSU or via OhioLINK, InterLibrary Loan, Reserve materials, Course Reserve materials, study rooms, and the Law Student Lounge, contact the Access Services staff in person at the Information Services Desk, via telephone at 216-687-2250, or via email at: access.services@law.csuohio.edu.

Research Services
For assistance with research, personalized research consultations and Research Certificate Seminars, contact the Research Services staff in person at the Information Services Desk, via telephone at 216-687-6877, or via email at: research.services@law.csuohio.edu.

Technology Support
Help Desk: 216-523-7555
Technology Help Request Form
Note: There is a Tech Help form link within the bottom black navigation bar of every College of Law and Law Library Web page. Before displaying the form, the system will prompt you for your Lab Account username and password.


Revised 7/5/2013 by RZ, JRB