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Charles B. Sears Law Library SUNY Buffalo Law School

Computing in the Law Library



Getting Started

The University at Buffalo, the SUNY Buffalo Law School, 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


Logon Requirements

Students, faculty and staff need a UBITName to access all of UB's online resources. Students are assigned a UBITName that cannot be changed. However, the default password must be changed to ensure security and privacy. http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/accounts/your-ubitname-account/getting-started-with-your-account/claiming-your-account1.html


Your UBITName

First Year Law Students

The Law School Admissions Office sent you information on accessing your UBITName, person number and single-use password. Follow the instructions to "claim" your UBITName account at: http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/accounts/your-ubitname-account/getting-started-with-your-account/claiming-your-account1.html If possible, it is best to "claim" your account before arriving on campus for Law School Orientation on August 23, 2013.

Law School Transfer Students

The Law School Admissions Office sent you information on accessing your UBITName, person number and single-use password. Follow the instructions to "claim" your UBITName account at: http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/accounts/your-ubitname-account/getting-started-with-your-account/claiming-your-account1.html If possible, it is best to "claim" your account before arriving on campus for Law School Orientation on August 19, 2013.

LLM Students

The Law School sent you information on accessing your UBITName, person number and single-use password. Follow the instructions to "claim" your UBITName account at: http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/accounts/your-ubitname-account/getting-started-with-your-account/claiming-your-account1.html If possible, it is best to "claim" your account before arriving on campus for the LLM Orientation on August 29, 2013.


UB Email Account

All new law students will have UB email powered by Google. Your account will be activated automatically and can be accessed at https://ubmail.buffalo.edu

The Email@UB website will provide answers to many common questions, including passwords and forwarding mail. http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/email.html


UBCard

The UBCard will identify you as a member of the University. Get your UBCard from the UB Card Office in the Student Union room 228: http://www.myubcard.com/content/getting-started

You will need to use your UBCard to borrow books from the University Libraries.


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 Information Technology 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:
    • Express stations (30 minutes only) -- 2 computers (to the left of the central stairs)
    • Law School workstations -- 4 computers (west side of central stairs)
  • Third floor:
    • Law School workstations - 9 computers; 1 handicapped accessible (on the north and south sides)
  • Seventh floor:
    • Law School workstations - 3 computers and 1 release station (North-west corner)

Library Research Workstations

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 http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/computing-sites/discover-what-kinds/cybrary-stations.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:


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 Floors 2 & 3 Floor 3 Law School iPrint :
Release print jobs at Release Stations on 3rd fl.
Floor 2
Rm 221b
University iPrint
http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing.html
Release print jobs at Release Station on 2nd fl.
Floor 7 Floor 7 Law School iPrint : Release print jobs at Release Station on 7th fl.
Computers only print to 7th floor printer
Note: Printer/scanner on 7th floor
Law School Express Computers
(30 min. limit)
Floor 2 Floor 3 Law School iPrint
Release print jobs at Release Stations on 3rd fl.
Floor 2
Rm 221b
University iPrint
http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing.html
Release print jobs at Release Station on 2nd fl.
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
Note: PC and Mac printing available

http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing/printing-from-your-computer/getting-started-with-iprint-anywhere.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     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
Note: PC and Mac printing available
http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/printing/printing-from-your-computer/getting-started-with-iprint-anywhere.html
Release print jobs at Release Station on 2nd floor


Library Visitors     Purchase Print/Copy Debit Card
Library Research workstations Floors 2, 4, 6 Floor 2
Rm 221b
University iPrint.
http://library.buffalo.edu/helpAZ/cardholders.html
Release print jobs at Release Station on second floor (main floor).

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/downloading.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 an educational subscription 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.

Non-Law Patrons

University at Buffalo students, faculty and staff may access LexisNexis Academic, a version of LexisNexis designed for non-law school users, while on- or off-campus. UBITName and password are required for off-campus access.

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 at http://www.cali.org


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Scanning Services

Scanning service for Law students and Law faculty is available on Floor 7. The scanning service allows for scanning documents to be sent to email accounts as PDFs.

Silverman (Capen) and Lockwood Cybraries also have scanning services; consult http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/computing-sites/discover-what-kinds/scanner-stations.html


Photocopiers

Self-service copiers are located in room 221b near the circulation desk on the main floor and on the sixth floor. Print/copy debit cards are required. (Maps: 2nd Floor Room: 221b; 6th Floor)


Print/Copy Debit Cards

Copiers are available in all units of the University Libraries and make black & white copies on 8.5 x 11 inch or 8.5 x 14 inch paper. The cost is 10 cents per page. The photocopy machines accept only print/copy debit cards. These copiers will not accept UB Cards or cash.

With the adoption of the iprint@UB program, the print/copy debit card pays for printing and photocopying in the UB Libraries. To purchase a print/copy debit card, insert two one-dollar bills in the wall encoder station located in Room 221 B. The payment includes a one-time $1.50 card charge and an initial $.50 card credit. Additional credit can be added to the card by inserting $1.00, $5.00, $10.00 or $20.00 bills. It is recommended that Law Students sign their cards so that lost cards can be returned if recovered.

Print/copy debit cards can be used indefinitely and encoded with additional monetary value using the wall encoder stations. For more information, refer to the Print/Copy Debit Card webpage.


The Law Library on the Web

Law Library homepage

News from the Law Library:


Other Questions?

updated: 8/20/2013