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Arthur Neef Law Library Participates in Pilot Project to Allow Free Access to Federal Court Records

Monday, January 7th, 2008

In a joint pilot project of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and the Government Printing Office, the Arthur Neef Law Library is one of 16 libraries in 14 states to allow free access to federal court records.
The project offers free access to the federal judiciary’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. PACER allows users to obtain case file documents, listings of all case parties, judgments and other information from district, bankruptcy and appellate courts online, with the data immediately available for printing or downloading.

PACER normally carries an eight-cents-per-page fee that is used to fund the system’s costs. That fee will be waived for all users, even those who already have PACER accounts, when the system is accessed from the 16 libraries.
The project, which will last up to two years, is part of the judiciary’s continuing effort to expand public access to court records by discovering if a segment of the public desires access to information contained in the PACER system but is unlikely to go to a courthouse or become a PACER user.

For more information or any questions, please contact the Arthur Neef Law Library Reference 313-577-6180.

Visit the WSU Teaching and Learning Blog

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Are you interested in learning more about teaching and learning resources? Or hearing ideas and commentary from faculty and staff associated with the Office for Teaching and Learning at Wayne State University? For those items and more, visit the all new Office for Teaching and learning blog, featuring bloggers OTL faculty fellow Bill Warters, and OTL Program Coordinator, Kristi Jordan.

The blog includes OTL news and events as well as resources for faculty, links to Educause blogs and other ideas to enhance and support teaching and learning.

Visit the blog at:

Looking for a speedy way to request and receive articles? Try ArticleReach!

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

The Library System is pleased to now offer our patrons access to ArticleReach Direct, a service that allows students, faculty and staff at WSU to request and receive full text electronic scans of articles that we do not own at WSU. It’s a speedy method of requesting articles and receipt of the articles, with a notification sent into the requestor’s e-mail box. When looking through our databases for article citations and find articles that we do not own, users can place the request with the click of a button, and after authenticating and identifying themselves, the request will automatically forward to the ARL libraries in this pilot program.

The easiest way to use ArticleReach Direct is to search for journal articles using resources listed on the WSU Articles & Databases Web page. All resources available to WSU students and faculty are listed there. An icon will indicate that the database that you’re searching uses ArticleLinker and will provide a menu of options for locating a full-text journal article.

For more information, visit

Current Law Journal Content (CLJC)

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Washington and Lee University School of Law provides free access to table of contents of over 1200 law journals. The web address for this service is

This web page provides a high level of customized awareness services. It allows you to view table of contents for law journal issues, keyword search article citations & abstracts sorted by country, and link from an article citation to the full text in Lexis, Westlaw, BEPress, SSRN and other databases.

Dynamically produced RSS feeds of law journals pages are also available. Over 1250 feeds are now included in the ‘cljc.opml’ file placed in the ‘RSS’ folder of the Pipeline Law School and Law Library portal; use your RSS reader to import this file.

This new electronic resource is now included in the “Articles and Databases” page that you can reach by following the “Find Articles and Databases” link of the Law Library home page.

Journal of Tort Law-new e-resource

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

The Law Library is pleased to announce the subscription to Journal of Tort Law (JTL) via our BEPress subscription. Its fist issue is already posted.


To access this journal from campus or remotely, you have to search its title via the WSU Libraries Online Journals web page located at

Click on “ResearchNow” link in the retrieved record. The browser will display the Berkeley Electronic Press web page for JTL.


On this page you can also configure several alert services for this resource: e-mail, customized searches (‘bealert’) and RSS feed.