Books may be checked-out in person at the law library’s Circulation Desk located on the first floor or by sending a request to your library liaison. You may also borrow materials from the other GMU campus libraries by sending a request to your liaison.
There is a book return box outside of the faculty lounge. Please feel free to drop off your books to be returned to the law library including interlibrary loans or books from Fenwick Library. The box is kept locked so the books will be secure. Staff will check the contents twice a day. If you have lots of books to return, please call the Circulation Desk at 703-993-8120.
The law library subscribes to most BNA online publications. BNA is available directly through their website or through Bloomberg Law (http://www.bloomberglaw.com), as well as Lexis and Westlaw. To access the BNA databases directly, go to http://www.law.gmu.edu/library/guides/bna_db and click on a title link. You will also see a link to sign-up to receive e-mail highlights. Please note that if you are off-campus, you will be prompted to sign in through the library's proxy server once you click on one of the BNA titles. Alternatively, you can use the special BNA ID and password that have been assigned to the law library. Please contact your liaison for the most current login information.
The law library is a member of CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) which provides students with free access to over 1100 interactive, computer-based tutorials available in 40 different legal subject areas. For more information, go to http://cali.org. In order to set-up a new account, students and faculty must enter the law school’s authorization code. Faculty can obtain the code by emailing Melanie Oberlin Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Class Assignments & Syllabi:
The University requires that all course syllabi be placed on the web. Please email your syllabi and other course information to Cattleya Concepcion (email@example.com) at least a week before the first day of classes.
Current Index to Legal Periodicals:
Faculty members may sign-up for a customized weekly e-mail edition of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) published by the University of Washington Law Library. This index provides current indexing of articles from major law reviews and journals. The customized version (SmartCILP) lets you choose to receive a table of contents from individual law reviews and/or items based on selected subject areas. To set up a customized profile, go to http://depts.washington.edu/scilp/scilp3.cgi. Please contact your library liaison for the authorization code and if you need print copies of articles from CILP.
Materials not available in the law library may be obtained from libraries outside GMU through interlibrary loan. Please send your interlibrary loan requests to your library liaison.
In addition to the public web site, the law library maintains the law school’s Intranet which includes a document sharing program called DocuShare. To access the Intranet, go to http://www.law.gmu.edu/intranet. For a new account, please contact Deborah Keene (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have forgotten your DocuShare password, please email Jeanette Blanchard (email@example.com) from your GMU email account to have your password reset.
Legal Research Databases:
The law library subscribes to LexisNexis (http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool), Westlaw (http://lawschool.westlaw.com), and Bloomberg Law (http://www.bloomberglaw.com). For questions about your passwords, contact Cattleya Concepcion (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Library Catalog & Other Databases:
The law library shares an online library catalog with the university library, as well as access to thousands of electronic journals, research indexes and full-text databases. In addition to Lexis and Westlaw, the law library subscribes to a number of services including Bloomberg BNA, HeinOnline, Index to Legal Periodicals, Law Library Microform Consortium Digital Collection, ProQuest Congressional, ProQuest Legislative Insight, U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs 1832-1978, Making of Modern Law, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Practicing Law Institute, and RIA Checkpoint. For a complete list of databases and electronic journals, see http://www.law.gmu.edu/libtech/catalog. Note: If you are off-campus, be sure to access the library databases through the law library’s website so that you will be routed through our proxy server. You will be prompted to enter your GMU email login ID and password.
New Book Orders:
Faculty members are encouraged to recommend material for the collection. Please email or send your recommendations to your library liaison.
The library staff will provide photocopies of cases, articles, and other library materials upon request. Please contact your library liaison for assistance.
The law library’s reference staff is available to assist faculty with locating print materials or providing assistance in the use of all electronic resources. Please call 703-993-8076 for general reference assistance or contact your library liaison.
To place materials on Reserve, please contact your library liaison for assistance. For complete information on reserve guidelines and copyright requirements, see http://www.law.gmu.edu/libtech/reserve.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN):
The library subscribes to the Social Science Research Network (http://www.ssrn.com), which is composed of a number of specialized research networks in selected areas of the social sciences. Faculty may sign up to receive electronic journals from SSRN. To subscribe, contact Cattleya Concepcion (email@example.com). In addition, the law school publishes a SSRN Research Papers Series on Law & Economics. To post a research paper on SSRN, contact Cattleya Concepcion (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Many faculty use TWEN (The West Education Network) for posting course material and communicating with students. Contact your liaison for more information
The law school's Technology Services unit provides support for all computer hardware and software. Call 703-993-4855 for help or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Classroom AV Support:
Most of the Law School’s classrooms have built-in computers, projectors, DVD players and sound equipment for use with your classes. This equipment is supported by the University’s AV staff (DoIT). For problems with the equipment, contact DoIT at 703-993-8226. For more specialized assistance, contact Carlos Sandoval (firstname.lastname@example.org; 703-993-8261).
Computer & Software Purchases:
Each faculty member is provided with a Faculty Research Account that can be used for purchasing personal computers, peripherals, or specialized software. For price quotes or to make a purchase, please contact Deborah Keene (email@example.com).
Each faculty member has an email account with 300MB of space provided by the University’s IT department. GMU email may be accessed on the web at https://mail.gmu.edu or by using a client like Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. For more information, contact Law Technology Services.
The law school provides faculty with the option to allow their students to take essay exams on a personal laptop using the software program ExamSoft. For more information, contact Deborah Keene (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pat Hupalo (email@example.com).
Law School Listservs:
Faculty will be automatically subscribed to the law school’s listservs. For questions about the listservs, please contact Deborah Keene (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Network Login and File Server:
The law school uses a Windows file server for desktop login and file storage. Access to the file server is also available from home using a VPN. You can request a VPN account by filling out this form: http://www.gmu.edu/depts/itu/tsd/net/Forms/F0021_A.html. For account information and help with the file server, contact Law Support at 703-993-4855.
The University provides faculty and staff with a free license to use Microsoft Office Professional, as well as certain statistical packages like SPSS and SAS, on GMU-owned laptops and home computers. In addition, the law library has a site license for home use of WordPerfect Office X3. Please contact Law Support to obtain copies of this software. The University also offers a free copy of Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus which can be used on home computers. To download, see http://itservices.gmu.edu/downloads/Antivirus-Information.cfm.
The University provides an automatic spam filter for all users on the GMU email system. To raise or lower the spam settings or view your spam, go to https://antispam.gmu.edu and login using your GMU email userid and password.
For information on creating a personal homepage, contact Donny Truong (email@example.com).
The University provides a wireless network (Mason Secure) in most areas of the building. You login your GMU email userid and password. For help with configuring your laptop, please contact Technology Services, 703-993-4855.
Deborah Keene, Associate Dean for the Library and
Room 243, 703-993-8110; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cattleya Concepcion, Reference and Faculty Services Librarian
Room 140, 703-993-8104; email@example.com
Ellen Feldman, Head of Administrative and Access
Room 242, 703-993-8103; firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie Knapp, Head of Reference and
Room 139, 703-993-8111; email@example.com
Cynthia Myers, Head of Collection Development and
Room 241, 703-993-8592; firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Shrager, Reference and Outreach Services Librarian
Room 141, 703-993-8593; email@example.com
Rob Willey, Research Specialist
Room 111, 703-993-8238; firstname.lastname@example.org
Law School Technology Services
Room 362, 703-993-4855; email@example.com
Law School Web Services
Web Services Developer
Room 240, 703-993- 8180; firstname.lastname@example.org
Classroom AV Support
Room 141, 703-993-8076