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Online Access to West Academic Study Aids, Expansion of the Lexis Digital OverDrive Library, and More

by Duquesne Center for Legal Information on 2020-03-24T16:14:00-04:00 | Comments

The following information may assist you in your transition to online learning. As with most everything these days, this information is subject to change. 

Study Aids

West Academic Study Aids Collection

West Academic is providing law students with temporary free access to its online study aids collection. This includes access to Nutshells, Gilbert Law Summaries, Sum and Substance Audio, and more.

Students will need to create a West Academic account. According to the instructions that were given to us by West academic, to create an account:

  • Go to
  • Click ‘Create an Account’ in the upper right-hand corner and follow the prompts
  • Setup your account, sign-in and verify your school email address

Once your account is properly set-up, you can log-in independently from the Law School’s network.

Online Access to the Mastering, Understanding, and Q&A Series, Plus Textbook Access

Our Lexis Digital Library collection contains access to the Mastering, Understanding, and Q & A series. We also have temporary access to a number of Lexis and Carolina Academic Press textbooks via this platform.

You can access the Lexis OverDrive platform from the DCLI's website (see the link for "Study Aids on Lexis OverDrive.") You will need the 16-digit code on the front of your Duquesne I.D. card to login to this service.

CALI and Quimbee

Please remember that the DCLI also offers access to CALI and Quimbee. More information is available on the DCLI’s website.

If you have any questions concerning our study aids, please contact Julie Tedjeske, Electronic Resources and Instructional Services Librarian (

Online Versions of Casebooks and Related Materials

Several publishers are providing complimentary access to eBook versions of their casebooks and other materials due to the COVID19 outbreak. This is the most recent information that we could locate on such access.  

Carolina Academic Press Casebooks Now Available on the Lexis OverDrive Platform

Lexis is providing complimentary access to Carolina Academic Press casebooks in Overdrive for the remained of the semester. Overdrive is the same platform where you can find ebook versions of the Understanding, Mastering, and Questions & Answers study aids.

To access, login to: using your DU ID number (the long 16 digit number on the front of your Duquesne University identification card.)  You will find all 483 newly-available titles under the “Study Aid” and “Recently Added” collections on the Browse Library tab.

Wolters Kluwer

In partnership with VitalSource, Wolters Kluwer is providing free digital e-textbooks for students who lost access to their purchased book or library resources due to a shift from in-person to online classes. It may take 24-48 hours for the books to be added, but they will be added.

To get started, students should visit and log-in or create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided email address. Once students create an account with an institution-provided email address, they should log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. This tab provides access to the freely available e-textbooks.  

Please note that at this time, student downloads are limited to 7 titles and trial access will expire on Monday, May 25, 2020.

West Academic (Including Foundation Press)

West Academic is providing complimentary access to students who do not have access to their print textbook.  This offer only applies to required materials.

  • Students must first setup a West Academic account:
  • Students then need to call West Academic at 877.888.1330 (ext.4) to setup their eBook

Carolina Academic Press (Also See Titles on Lexis Overdrive)

  • Students need to create a VitalSource BookShelf account at using their email address.
  • The vendor will confirm students are at an affected school.
  • Once students create an account and log in you should see an "Explore" tab in the upper left corner of the screen. From there, you should be able to find your ebook to access.

This is a new service. Please email if you run into problems and we will try to troubleshoot for you. You should not be required to enter a credit card.

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