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DSOL Law Library Handbook

General Policies

Access

The Law Library is open to all faculty, staff, and members of the Tennessee Bar, with our primary responsibility to serve the students and faculty of the Duncan School of Law. Handicap access is located at the north side of the building.

It is the purpose of the Duncan School of Law Library administration and staff to make the holdings of the Law Library as freely available to all patrons as is consistent with our mission.

Circulation

A self-checkout system is located on the main floor of the Duncan School of Law in the lobby for faculty and students. You are required to check-out all print materials that are removed from the library shelves. Pursuant to the DSOL Code of Academic Integrity, it is a violation to: 

"Hide, mutilate, or destroy any library materials or remove any materials from the library except as authorized, or allow any other person to do so."

A current Duncan School of Law identification card WITH LIBRARY BAR CODE is required to check materials out from the Library.

ID cards and bar codes are non-transferable. Please do not attempt to check-out any library material(s) with another student’s ID and bar code.

Circulating books can be checked out for a three week period and can be renewed, provided that they have not been requested by another user.

Audiovisual materials have a limited circulation period of one week.

Any materials that are checked-out must be returned after the exam period for that semester.

Copiers/Printers

A copier/printer is located on the main floor of the Library near the restrooms. A second machine is on the third floor. Students are allocated 500 pages and students can add additional printing to their accounts through the Lincoln Memorial University Information Services Department.

Please do not attempt to clear problems with the copiers. Report any malfunctions, including paper jams and low toner, to the Library staff.

In addition, a dedicated Lexis Advance printer is located on the main floor of the Law Library. All Lexis Advance documents should be printed to this printer and not the student copiers/printers.

Food, Drink, and Smoking Policy

There are designated areas where faculty, students and staff can prepare and eat their food within the law school building. All Library users are requested to keep study areas and offices clean. Students are urged to take their food and drink to the Student Lounge where tables and couches have been provided.

The Law School is a smoke-free environment.

Re-shelving Books

There is a book cart located on the main floor of the library for items that need to be re-shelved. To ensure that the Law Library remains in order, please do not re-shelve books.

Restrooms

Restrooms are located on all floors of the building. There are restrooms located on the main floor of the Library, and near the Tennessee collection on the third floor.

Study Areas

Tables are located on both the main and third floors of the law school and are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Books, papers, and any other personal belongings must be removed from the reading rooms at the end of each study session.

Collection and Services

Much of the Law Library’s collection is in digital format, including primary source materials such as statutes, reporters, and regulations; secondary sources, such as treatises and monographs; and finding tools, such as digests, citators, and encyclopedias. The print collection includes Tennessee legal practice materials, Hornbooks, Nutshells, and other study materials that law students find useful. Their exact location may be determined by searching the LMU Worldcat catalog. 

Library Catalog

The Law Library print collection is searchable via Lincoln Memorial University’s online public access catalog (OPAC), Worldcat.The Law Library's ebook and ejournal collection is searchable via Aquabrowser, a federated search platform. Both WorldCat and Aquabrowser are accessible to students and faculty on and off campus, via the Internet. The majority of the Duncan School of Law Library’s collection is in a digital format and available to all students and faculty wherever they are and whenever they need access. To access WorldCat and Aquabrowser, follow the links provided.

Audiovisual Collections

Audiovisual materials are located in a jukebox next to the self-checkout station near the receptionist’s desk on the first floor. Patrons retrieve the jewel-case of the audiovisual material from the library shelves and the material from the jukebox is dispensed. Audiovisual materials circulate for five days with the option of one-time renewal if not requested by another patron.

Law Reviews and Journals

Law reviews and journals are available from several sources in digital format. Law reviews and journals are available through HeinOnline, a database that contains over 1,000 titles to academic law reviews in PDF, and via Lexis Advance and WestlawNext. Specific holdings information and links to individual periodical titles is accessible from the A-Z List via the Law Library website. The Index to Legal Periodicals is a legal-specific subject and author index to law journal articles, and is accessible from the Law Library’s website and via Aquabrowser.

Government Publications

All basic federal documents related to legislative, executive, and administrative activities are available in digital format via ProQuest Congressional, and the Making of the Modern Law, both accessible via Aquabrowser on the Law Library’s website. The Duncan School of Law Library is not a Federal Depository Library.

Reference Services

Reference Librarians are available to assist with reference and research questions during daytime and evening peak hours. The Reference Librarian offices are placed throughout the building, embedded within faculty office wings. Reference services are offered in-person and in conjunction with Mosio virtual reference. The Duncan School of Law Library is using Mosio as our instant messaging (IM) solution to provide one-on-one virtual reference. All students and faculty have laptop computers with built-in video cameras and microphones.

Reference Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Reference hours may change during examination periods, holidays, and interim periods. Changes to Reference Hours will be posted on the digital screen in the lobby, and communicated via TWEN to the Duncan School of Law community.

Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is available to Duncan School of Law faculty, staff, and students. ILL enables libraries to share their collections globally. Contact a Reference Librarian to request materials not owned by the Duncan School of Law Library.

Almuni Services

WELCOME BACK!

LMU Duncan School of Law graduates may enter the building to use the law library by showing their current Tennessee Bar card to the front desk receptionist or the Security Guard on duty. 

Additionally, law librarians are available to assist our graduates with legal research questions. Although the law librarians cannot actually conduct legal research for our graduates or their clients, we are available to assist in directing graduates to authoritative and cost-effective legal research sources (please see our contact information on the right). 

WESTLAW AND LEXIS PATRON ACCESS

The law library provides access to WestlawNext and Lexis Advance from the computer terminal located on the third floor. Graduates can log in to the terminal from the desktop shortcut and access primary federal sources (statutes, regulations, and federal case law) and primary and secondary sources (forms, TN Practitioner’s Series, etc.) for Tennessee. Lexis Advance provides access to Shepard’s citation service.

Graduates cannot print from either service, but they can email documents or save research to a flash drive. The law library has also recently created a photocopy account for our graduates to use. The photocopier code will be available at the receptionist’s desk and graduates can sign in to “check-out” the code. Law library books circulate ONLY to current law students. If you need to borrow a book from our collection, please contact one of the librarians. 

FORMS!

The library has recently added legal forms and Tennessee secondary sources to the computer on the third floor. The computer is not connected to a printer, but documents can be sent via email or saved to a flash drive. Follow the shortcuts on the computer’s desktop to access the following:

  • Build Your Practice the Logical Way
  • Coppock on Tennessee  Adoption Law**
  • Complete Manual of Criminal Forms
  • How to Build and Manage a Personal Injury Practice
  • Search & Seizure Checklists
  • Richard’s on Tennessee Family Law*
  • Tennessee Corporations, Partnerships and Associations Law Annotated*
  • Tennessee Criminal Laws Annotated*
  • Tennessee Education Laws Annotated*
  • Tennessee General Sessions Handbook
  • Tennessee Legal and Business Forms
  • Tennessee Legal Forms
  • Tennessee Motor Vehicle Laws Annotated*
  • Tennessee Practice Series: Civil Procedure Forms
  • Tennessee Practice Series: Contract Law & Practice
  • Tennessee Practice Series: Divorce, Alimony & Child Custody
  • Tennessee Summary Judgment & Related Termination Motions
  • Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure with Forms

*LexisNexis epub accessible through the Adobe Digital Editions library

**Requires disc for access -- please contact a librarian

Additional resources will be added as new materials are received.

Disclosure

The mission of the Law Library is to support the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law’s goals and curriculum. The LMU 509 disclosure can be found at

http://law.lmunet.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Standard-509-Report-2014.pdf

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Fall and Spring Reference Hours:
Sunday            1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Monday          10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday          10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday    10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday        10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday             10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday         11 p.m.-4 p.m.