The Grisham Law Library

Online Access to Casebooks and Study Aids


March 17, 2020


Good news!  The publishers are making arrangements to provide students with free access to the e-book editions of their casebooks. (You should not be required to enter any credit-card information.) But note, too, that the procedures, requirements, and other information that they are sending us are changing daily, so it may take a little more effort than described below.

We are here to help!  If you have any trouble or any other questions about getting to materials that you need for your coursework, please email the library at with your professor’s name in the subject line or contact Professor Kris Gilliland directly at

To begin access to your e-casebooks, Google the title to find its publisher (if you don’t already know) and then follow the publisher-provided messages and instructions below. If you can’t find publisher information (or can’t remember your casebook’s title, etc.) or your book’s publisher is not listed below, please let us know at


If prompted to enter an email address, please use your address.


West Academic

 (includes Foundation Press and American Casebook Series)

We are offering complimentary eBook access to our casebooks for affected students.

  • Please have the students call us at 877.888.1330 (ext.4) to setup their eBook or they can email us at
  • We do want to emphasize that this resource is only for students that do not have access to their required course materials.  If a student has access to their print book, please tell them not to call in. We will accommodate folks that share books, use the library copy, etc. and do not have access to the content.


Wolters Kluwer

(includes Aspen Publishing)

At Wolters Kluwer, we appreciate the new challenges you and your colleagues are facing and are committed to supporting the unique needs of your institution, students, and faculty. In partnership with VitalSource, we are 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. Please share the following instructions on how to access or create a VitalSource account and select the e-textbooks your students will need to complete their coursework this semester.


For more information regarding the VitalSource Helps Program, please read the full press release.

VitalSource Helps Access Instructions:

  1. To get started, students should visit and log-in or create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided email address.
  2. Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account for both students and instructors.
  3. 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.

For a complete list of VitalSource frequently asked questions regarding access to the VitalSource Helps Program, please visit their site to learn more.

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


 Carolina Academic Press

CAP is also using the VitalSource platform.  Create a VitalSource BookShelf account (if you don’t already have one), using your email address as login. The VST software will check the email address to confirm students are at an affected school before allowing free access, so it won’t work if you use a gmail or another non-academic email account. Here’s the link to the BookShelf login page:

Once you are logged in, you should see an Explore tab in the upper left corner of the screen. From there, they should be able to find your ebook to access.



The LexisNexis Digital Library platform gives you access to a collection of treatises, practice guides, study aids, as well as course texts. This is a 59-day trial subscription. Go to and enter your email address as the username.

A LexisNexis Digital Library app is also available for Android and iOS. Simply download the app and enter lndltrial as the organization code, then sign in with your email address.  LexisNexis Digital Library is easy to use, but basic training guides (such as the Getting Started Guide) and instructional videos (all 3 minutes or less!) are available on the LexisNexis Digital Library Support & Training site.

Other Lexis titles are being determined on a case-by-case basis. Please call 800-833-9844 for more information.


 The Bluebook

We have individual access codes that will allow free electronic access to the Bluebook.  Please email us at if you need an access code.


Study Aids

Don’t forget online study aids!  With the LexisNexis Digital Library trial above, UM law students now have access to every major series.

If there is a title that you particularly need (for example, your professor has assigned) and you cannot access it via one of the services below, please email us at


West Academic Study Aids Online

More than twenty series, including nutshells, concise hornbooks, Sum & Substance Audio, Black Letter Outlines, on virtually every course subject.  Access via the library’s homepage ( by clicking on the Resources link.


Wolters Kluwer

Examples and Explanations, Casenote Legal Briefs, Emmanuel’s Outlines, and more. Access via the library’s homepage ( by clicking on the Resources link.


CALI Lessons

Over 1100 interactive tutorials, plus subject outlines and podcasts. Connect to You may need an authorization code if you have never visited the site before.  Send an email to to request the CALI authorization code.