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Research Assistant Resources: Home

This guide features information and resources to help research assistants with various research projects.

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Congratulations! You have been hired as a research assistant (RA) for a member of our esteemed faculty. This LibGuide provides information on which library services, legal databases, and relevant resources are available to RAs. We encourage you to attend the library's RA training session, which lasts approximately 30 minutes and covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Basics (e.g., borrowing materials, interlibrary loans)
  • Library catalogs (Ohio State University Libraries Catalog, OhioLINK, WorldCat)
  • Access to legal databases (Bloomberg Law, Lexis+, Westlaw Edge)
  • Interdisciplinary databases (e.g., Academic Search Complete, JSTOR)

If you were unable to make it to a training or if you would like to review the content, use the slides and recordings below.

Database Access: Through Summer And After Graduation

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Continuing students have full access to Bloomberg Law for personal and professional use during the summer. If you have not done so already, you can register for Bloomberg Law at using your BuckeyeMail username ( Disregard the blue box asking for an activation code; you do NOT need a code to register.

Graduating students have full access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation. No additional registration is required.

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Continuing students have access to Lexis+’s full content for any paid or unpaid purpose throughout the summer. No additional registration is necessary, and there is no usage cap. Lexis also continues to provide free printing in the Law Library’s computer lab.

Graduating students have access to Lexis+ until December 31, 2021. Graduates will also have access to the Lexis Graduate Home Page, which provides career and job search information. No additional registration is required. You will have access to the same content you enjoyed in law school, excluding public records. 

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Continuing students have full access to Westlaw over the summer. No additional registration necessary. Please note, however, that summer access is limited to educational purposes. Permissible uses include:

  • Research Assistant work
  • Summer coursework
  • Journal or Moot Court research
  • Unpaid non-profit work (if receiving academic credit)
  • Unpaid internships or externships (if receiving academic credit)

Graduating students have access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for six months after graduation. “Grad Elite” access gives 60 hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in research skills. The access cannot be used in situations where graduates are billing a client. Graduates also have access to job searching databases on Westlaw and TWEN for 18 months after graduation for 1 hour per month. Users must extend access by logging into

Continuing students have summer access to the other databases made available through Moritz Law Library and OSU Libraries, including HeinOnline and ProQuest Congressional.

Graduating students will not be able to access these databases of campus after their name.# expires. However, alumni may use these databases in the library—we welcome you to come back for a visit. See the document below for additional information on library resources for graduating students.