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Charles B. Sears Law Library University at Buffalo School of Law

Computing in the Law Library



Getting Started

The University at Buffalo, the University at Buffalo School of Law, and the University Libraries provide computing resources to assist law students, faculty, and staff. These services include access to a UB e-mail account, access to computers and printers located throughout the university, a wireless network, and the availability of low-cost and free software partially funded by the UB Technology Fee. In addition, the University Libraries provide free access to a wide variety of online databases and journals to students and faculty. http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/getting-started-at-ub.html


Using Computers and Printing in the Law Library

Also consult Computer and Printing Locations in the Law Library

All users are required to comply with UB's IT Policies, including:


Law Lab Computers (Law Students Only)

Law students can use the Law Computer Labs for research and word processing. The Lab computers are on:

  • Second floor:
    • Law School Express stations (30 minutes only) -- 1 computer (to the left of the central stairs); 1 wall mounted computer in 221b, left of Circulation desk
    • Law School workstations --
      4 computers (west side of central stairs);
      1 handicapped accessible station left of stairs;
      2 computers in the Reading Room
  • Third floor:
    • Law School workstations - 4 computers (on the north and south sides)
  • Seventh floor:
    • Law School workstations -
      8 computers (along the west wall);
      1 southeast corner of reading room;
      1 southwest corner of reading room

Library Research Workstations (Law Students, UB Students/Faculty/Staff, and Guests)

For research, students can also use the Library Research workstations (Maps: Floor 2, Floor 4, Floor 6)


Cybraries (Law Students and UB Students/Faculty/Staff)

A Cybrary is a computing site located within the Arts and Sciences, Law, and Health Science libraries for current UB students, faculty, and staff. There are 160 workstations and many open data ports. A complete list of computing sites is found at https://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/computing-sites/north-campus.html. Each Cybrary offers computer stations with a full complement of UB-licensed academic software and is staffed by UBIT consultants. Note: Law does not have UBIT consultants.

The Law Library has four Cybrary stations on the sixth floor. (Map: Floor 6)


Personal Laptops and Other Devices

For research and word processing, students are also able to use personal laptops. To connect to the Internet, use one of the following options:

  • OpenPort Connections
    Laptop users in the Law Library may connect to the Internet using OpenPort connects located on the 3rd floor in the laptop carrels and at desks along the north wall (elevator side). An ethernet card is necessary to use the OpenPort connects. Additional locations throughout the University Libraries and instructions are listed at http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/connecting/openport.html.

  • UB Wireless Network
    UB-affiliates may connect to the Wi-Fi. Instructions for configuring laptops and other devices for use on the wireless network: https://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/connecting/wifi.html

  • Wireless in the Law Library
    Wireless access is available throughout the Law Library, including the Law Student Reading Room on the 7th floor.

  • Wireless in the Law School
    Wireless access is available throughout O’Brian Hall and the Law Library.

Computer and Printing Locations in the Law Library

Computer
Categories
Computer Locations Printer Location Print Allocation (Purse)
Note: Printer choice determines purse and release station used.
Law Students     Law iPrint (650 pages/semester) AND University iPrint (650 pages/semester) Total: 1300 pages/semester;
Summer allocation: Law iPrint (200 pages) and University iPrint (200 pages)
Law School Computers, Including Express Stations (30 min. limit) Floors 2 & 3, & 7 Floor 2
Rm 221b
& Floor 7
Printing Note:
Releasing print jobs from a release station is only necessary when sending a print job from a Law School Lab workstation to the University iPrint Public Printer in 221b.
University iPrint
http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing.html
Release print jobs at Release Station on 2nd fl.
Law School iPrint: Use print menu, select Law School printer and print directly from the Law School workstation using "Go Print"
Library Research workstations Floors 2, 4, 6 Floor 2
Rm 221b
University iPrint http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing.html
Use "Go Print" to release print job
Cybrary workstations Floor 6 Floor 2
Rm 221b
University iPrint http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing.html
Use "Go Print" to release print job
Wireless printing Your laptop Floor 2
Rm 221b
University iPrint
Windows: https://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing/instructions/from-your-windows-computer.html
Mac: https://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing/instructions/from-your-mac-computer.html
Release print jobs at Release Station on 2nd floor
Lexis All of the above computer locations Floor 2
Rm 221b and Floors 3, 6, & 7
Printing provided by Lexis on dedicated printers.
Note: Materials posted on Web Courses (Lexis) cannot be printed on Lexis printers.
Note: Free printing from Westlaw is no longer available.


Nonlaw UB Students Computer Locations Printer Location University iPrint (Purse) (650 pages/semester)
Library Research workstations Floors 2, 4, 6 Floor 2
Rm 221b
University iPrint http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing.html
Use "Go Print" to release print job
Cybrary workstations Floor 6 Floor 2
Rm 221b
University iPrint http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing.html
Use "Go Print" to release print job
Wireless printing Your laptop Floor 2
Rm 221b
University iPrint
Windows: https://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing/instructions/from-your-windows-computer.html
Mac: https://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing/instructions/from-your-mac-computer.html
Release print jobs at Release Station on 2nd floor


Library Visitors Computer Locations Scanner Location  
Library Research workstations Floors 2, 4, 6 Floor 2
Rm 221b
Scan documents and send to email or save to flashdrive.

Questions or problems pertaining to the Law Lab computers or printers should be reported to the LawIT/AV Helpdesk on their form or by email. Report all other computer or printer problems to the Law Library's circulation or reference desks.


Computer Software and Protecting Your Computer

Software is available for free downloading at http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software.html

Examples of the free software available for downloading are:

  • Adobe Reader
  • Firefox
  • Real Player
  • Endnote (bibliographic citation software)
  • [Microsoft] Office
  • Symantec EndPoint Protection (Windows and Mac)

Anti-virus caution: Download the anti-virus software first.


BloombergLaw, Lexis and Westlaw Legal Databases

Law Students and Law Faculty

The Law Library maintains educational subscriptions for the BloombergLaw, LexisNexis and Westlaw legal databases for use by the Law School community. The licensing agreements stipulate that any work done under the educational subscription must be for educational use and be non-fee generating.

Students enrolled in the Law School are entitled to access the BloombergLaw, LexisNexis and Westlaw online databases at no charge. First-year students will receive BloombergLaw, LexisNexis and Westlaw passwords during orientation week. For information on obtaining a password, if you are eligible and do not have one, please consult a reference librarian at the reference desk in the Law Library.

LexisNexis printers are located on the 2nd (Room 221B), 3rd, 6th, & 7th floors.

Note: As of June 2013, dedicated Westlaw printers are no longer available.

Non-Law Patrons, including guests

University at Buffalo students, faculty and staff may access Fastcase while in the Law Library. Fastcase includes federal and state statutes, regulations, cases, somelaw reviews, and some New York practice sources.

Guests at UB may access LexisNexis Academic in any of the UB University Libraries. To use a computer in the University Libraries, guests are required to register for a Library Research Station access card.


CALI: Center for Computer Assisted Legal Research

CALI is a consortium of law school faculty who research and develop self-paced lessons on numerous legal topics. Check out the lessons under the topics of Legal Research and Legal Writing. http://www.cali.org


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Scanning Services

Scanning service for Law students and Law faculty is available on Floors 2 (room 221B), 6, and 7. The scanning service allows for scanned documents to be sent to email accounts as pdfs.

Silverman (Capen) and Lockwood Cybraries also have scanning services: http://libweb1.lib.buffalo.edu/help/help.asp?ID1=502


Law Library Homepage http://law.lib.buffalo.edu

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updated: 8/17/2016