Information Center:
News & announcements for the week of
July 17, 2000

Government Documents in the Information Center.
The Federal Depository Library Program exists to allow the public free, unrestricted access to publications of the Federal Government, which ensures that the public can stay informed of the activities of its government.  In 1978, the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library was designated as a federal depository library, and the Library has been assisting students, faculty and the public in using the government documents in its collection ever since.

Government documents available in the Information Center include federal statutes, U.S. Supreme Court reporters, and the Code of Federal Regulations and Federal Register.  Current and historical versions of all these publications are available in print format.  Many other government documents in the collection can be found in microform on the 6th floor.

Additionally, directly across from the 9th floor Reference Desk there is a computer terminal dedicated to Gpo Access, the official Web SIte of the U.S. Government Printing Office.  By clicking on the GPO Access icon, users can obtain quick access, either via a series of bookmarks or through a keyword search, to electronic version of many recent federal government  resources.  From this terminal, users can print any documents they wish (for a fee); alternatively, documents can be download to a floppy disk for off-site printing.  Gpo Access can also be found on any computer in the Information Center at

New Databases Available on Information Center Home Page.
The Information Center has made two new databases available for on-campus use.  Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) focuses on international research, and includes working papers from research institutes, papers from NGOs, conference proceedings, policy briefs, and economic indicators.  EBSCOhost Web provides access to the full texts of journal articles, including large collections of business- and health-related topics, as well as articles from mainstream periodicals.  Links to both databases can be found on the Information Center's home page,

Keep Your Lexis and Westlaw Passwords Active This Summer.
Lexis and Westlaw have new procedures this year for summer passwords. For Lexis summer passwords, register online.  Go to and choose the link to Law Schools.  Follow the directions online and fill out the form.  New this year: summer passwords are available to unpaid externs, such as public interest or judicial, as well as the traditional school related purposes, such as law review and research assistants.

This year Westlaw will extend passwords automatically over the summer for students who are not graduating.  Therefore there is no online registration procedure for this and no postcard registration, as for previous years. Students should note that summer passwords are limited to two hours of research per month for June and July for LAW SCHOOL PURPOSES only, such as law review and summer school.  Westlaw does not provide extended passwords for interns and externs. 

Westlaw is offering graduating students a Before the Bar program which students may use to prepare for the bar for two months after graduation.  The online registration for this is at and includes filling out a survey form.

Tutorial: How to Use "ProQuest".
For the next two weeks, the Information Center will be running tutorials on how to use ProQuest, a database which contains abstracts and full-text articles from over 1,000  business and financial periodicals.  You can find the tutorial schedule posted in the entry way of the library.  There is no need to sign up to attend; just come to the Reference Desk at  the scheduled time.  If you have any questions or suggestions regarding tutorials, please e-mail Joe Mitzenmacher (JMITZENM).

Information Center's Summer Schedule.

July 14 - July 19 (Summer Exam Hours)


Friday, 7/14 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday, 7/15 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday, 7/16 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday, 7/17 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday, 7/18 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday, 7/19 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
July 20 - August 12 (Regular Summer Hours)
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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