Resource Spotlight: Duo Mobile app

The authentication process that you’re used to for CAESAR is now a part of accessing library resources.  This extra layer of security is great for our users because when just one password on campus is compromised, the entire university can lose access to that resource.  It has happened more than once.

The extra layer of security, called multi-factor authentication, is easy to use and might actually make you feel like you’re living in the future.  The non-dystopian kind this time.

When you access a library resource, you’ll be prompted for your NetID and password, just like normal.  You’ll then get a message that looks like this:

Multi-factor authentication screen gives option for Duo Push
Multi-factor authentication screen

This screen gives you three options for how to get to your resource, but only one of them is good: “Send me a push.”  You click that, it sends a notification to your phone or your watch (more on that later), you hit “approve” and you’re in.  Better yet, you can click that “remember me for 30 days” box and you won’t even have to do that much for another month.

The Duo mobile app is available in the app store or google play.

But I promised you that you could feel like you were living in a non-dystopian future.  The app can push an alert to your phone, but it can also push an alert to your apple watch.  That means you can be sitting at your laptop, request a push and see this:

apple watch showing Duo Mobile login request screen with option to approve

My wrist, coming to you from the future

You can hit “approve” on your wrist and never have to figure out where your phone is.  Just sit back and imagine yourself as one of the Jetsons.

Please feel free to contact the library if you have any trouble with multi-factor authentication.  So long as you use the Duo app, I think you’ll find it’s a seamless and easy experience.

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Resource Spotlight: Sports Market Analytics

Coinciding with the exciting news that Major League Baseball will be returning in July, I would like to provide a brief overview of Sports Market Analytics, a unique resource for sports fans and researchers interested in the business and economic impact of sports.  Law school patrons can access this database by entering their Northwestern Net ID and password or by using GlobalProtect VPN

On the landing page, links are provided for some of the most popular data under the “Quick Links” and “Summary Statistics” headers, and it’s also possible to access fan market data for various professional and amateur leagues.  Meanwhile, within the “All Data for a Sport” box, we find links to landing pages for 42 different sports.

From the baseball landing page, for example, we can review data on consumer expenditures and participation in the sport, as well fan market numbers for both Major and Minor League Baseball.  If we select  “Team Valuations” beneath “MLB Fan market,” we retrieve annual valuations of each team dating back to the 2010 season.  Within “Brand Share-of-Market,” we find annual brand preferences for baseball fans, organized by product.  For example, among baseball fans in 2019, Toyota was the most popular truck brand and Bud Light was the most popular beer.  On the “Social Media Market Summary” page, we find interesting data such as the percentages of baseball fans who use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.

The database also provides data for professional and college sports venues.  For example, if we select “Venues” from the ribbon at the top of the page, click “Venue Reports,” choose “RSV Pro Facilities Report’ from the “Venue Type” drop-down menu, and search for “White Sox,” we can retrieve information about the ballpark at 35th and Shields.  Among other data, we find information about naming rights, ticket prices, luxury suites, and stadium financing.

Whether you’re conducting serious research or just looking for some fun facts relating to your sports teams, I think you’ll enjoy exploring Sports Market Analytics.  And, for those interested more generally in sports law research, I recommend checking out the Pritzker Legal Research Center’s online guide to Dispute Resolution in Sports.

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Librarian Liaisons Connect Faculty with Remote Teaching Resources

Our librarians are available to support faculty members with designing remote classes for the fall. From our experience teaching courses, giving guest lectures, and supporting faculty teaching, we have gained expertise with several tools and teaching techniques. We invite you to please contact your librarian liaison to learn more.

The library is happy to discuss our experience in these areas:

  • Creating and editing videos using Panopto, YouTube, Adobe Premiere Pro, and other tools.
  • Teaching synchronously on Zoom utilizing breakout rooms, polls, and icebreaker questions.
  • Creating asynchronous class sessions that integrate videos with quizzes and exercises.
  • Developing quizzes using tools like Canvas that let you write your own questions.
  • Locating study aids with questions written for you including CALI lessons and Quimbee.
  • Setting up discussion boards using Canvas and guiding in-class discussion in Zoom.
  • Leading student collaboration using tools like Google Drive and Mural, an online whiteboard.

We know many of you have been reading more about remote teaching and different online teaching tools. The university has compiled a Remote Teaching and Learning webpage. If you’d like to know whether we have access to something, please ask! The school has a license to popular tools like Poll Everywhere.

Contact your librarian liaison who can connect you with resources or expertise.

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Black Lives Matter: Titles from Antiracist Reading Lists Available as E-Books at NU Libraries

To assist Northwestern Law faculty, staff, and students with accessing books on racism, the law library has obtained e-books for many of the titles recommended on the Office of Inclusion & Engagement’s Racism Resources list, Ibram X. Kendi’s Antiracist Reading List, and Bridgette R. McCullough’s Booklist to Make Yourself Innocent. How to Be an Antiracist

We thank Bridgette McCullough (member of the NLaw community) and the Office of Inclusion & Engagement for sharing these resources as part of the Real Conversations: Racism, Allyship, and Police Reform program on June 3. 

The following links are to e-books available through NU Libraries (please note that the publishers often limit the number of users who can access an e-book copy at a time, so access information is noted below):

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Graduate and Summer Access to Online Resources: Resource Spotlight

With the semester over, a common question students have is how they can get access to Westlaw and Lexis.  With the coronavirus pandemic upending everything, it’s fair to ask whether it’s upending access to your legal research tools as well.  Here, for once, we have some unequivocal good news for you!

Bloomberg:  Have you used Bloomberg?  You may like it for docket research, sample documents, or secondary sources.  Current students get access to Bloomberg all summer long with their current credentials.  There’s nothing to register for.  Graduating students get access to Bloomberg all the way until June 2021.

Lexis:  Like Bloomberg, Lexis is giving current students access all summer.  Graduates get access until February 8, 2021.  Again, no registration required.  Keep using your normal ID and password.

Westlaw:  Westlaw’s access offer has more restrictions, but it’s still good.  Current students have access for non-commercial purposes over the summer.  What does that mean?  Essentially, if you’re working for a law firm, the firm needs to get you a Westlaw password to use.  If you’re using Westlaw for law review, clinic, or work for a non-profit, then you can you your current Westlaw password.

For graduates, the library subscribes to a Westlaw Practice Ready library that provides 18 months of continued access for graduates.  This access gives you 60 hours of usage on these products per month.  To extend access, graduates must log into Choose “Grad Elite Status” from your homepage and press the “Extend Access” button.

All those other goodies?  Current students have continued access to all of our other electronic resources like HeinOnline and Law360 via your NetID throughout the summer and graduates retain access for as long as your NetIDs remain active (through Oct. 2020).

If you have any questions about the ins and outs of these policies or if you want to talk about free or low-cost alternatives to these services, reach out to the library.

Stay safe and be well.

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Resource Spotlight: PitchBook

Analytic tools have cropped up in many different fields, and while we normally focus on legal information resources, I’d like to highlight a business data platform recently licensed by NU: PitchBook*. PitchBook tracks startups, public and private equity markets, including venture capital, private equity and M&A. Data is systematically sourced by web-crawling and applied machine learning technologies, the results of which are reviewed by humans who verify accuracy and relevance. The content in PitchBook is extensive (see screenshot below) but easy to navigate, and thanks to robust filtering, you can efficiently narrow in on what matters to you. After logging in you’ll land on your dashboard, which contains news and industry data feeds based on what you’ve selected under the “Personalize” preferences: industries, verticals, deal types and locations. 

“Quick Counts” on the dashboard shows the enormous amount of compiled data in PitchBook.

You can search and browse in PitchBook. The quick search bar at the top is just that, quick access to what you know you’re looking for, while the advanced search initially acts like browsing and then helps you direct your search in more detail. Until you’re familiar with how information in Pitchbook is structured, I recommend using this feature so you learn how it’s organized and what the many categories contain.

Advanced search, the magnifier icon, initially acts like browsing.

As you’re clicking into different areas or trying to search the voluminous information in PitchBook, you’ll likely encounter unfamiliar terminology. Just like Westlaw, Lexis, and other academic databases, there’s an “i” icon next to certain fields (e.g. above the open text field on the industry page) that will provide you with more details pertinent to that specific field, such as the scope of what’s included, the functionality of that feature, or definitions. You’ll see this “i” icon when using advanced keyword searching. For example, see the screenshot below of “Ownership Status”. Clicking the “i” takes you to definitions of each type of status. This extra information will quickly guide you in more effective and accurate searching. Pro tip: check the “i” icons in any database when you see them; it usually takes less than a minute to review and has helpful information specific to what you’re doing.

“i” icon
Additional info from clicking the “i” icon

PitchBook has two powerful industry exploration tools to note: Emerging Markets and Market Maps.The Emerging Markets section flags new investment industries that have shown, or are highly likely to show, recent or continued growth. It also lists specific companies in their respective spaces. Market Maps are visual renderings of the companies in a particular industry organized by primary value proposition and then sorted (by default) by total amount of raised capital. These maps can be modified to fit your needs: narrow in on specific industry subsections, change the way the companies are grouped or sorted, exclude or add certain companies, switch from graphical to column display, change what columns are included, amongst others. You can use these maps to discover industry leaders or constituents and jump directly into that company’s detailed profile. Pitchbook company profiles also include non-financial metrics like employee count, social followers and website traffic to provide a full-context view of a company’s viability, market position, and future prospects. Alternatively, you can access all of the available profiles and reports from PitchBook analysts through the “Research Center,” found on the left pane navigation bar.

There are a few limitations imposed under our subscription that may affect your research. First, we do not have access to live training support; this includes the one-on-one support offered to other subscribers and webinars. We do have access, however, to on-demand video tutorials both within the platform (see “Help Center”) and from their full video library. Live chat support is also available. Second, there is a download limit: 10 lines of data/day and 25 lines of data/month. If you find this limit to be cumbersome, you are able to save searches, make lists (e.g. business development and marketing lists), add notes, and upload files since you’ve created your own account. This means any firm information, data, profiles, reports, annotations, and even your own external pertinent files can be consolidated and are only a quick login away.

Finally, if you want even quicker access to your personalized “My PitchBook” content, you can leverage the mobile app, Chrome extension, Excel plugin, daily newsletters, and alerts, all of which are available through our academic subscription. 

*When you’re off campus, be sure to activate Northwestern’s VPN before you pull up PitchBook. This is particularly important the first time when you create an account. Reference librarians are available to provide research support via chat and via email at if you have any questions. 

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Temporary Access to the Online Bluebook for Northwestern Law Students

Students at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law now have 60-day temporary access to the online edition of the Bluebook, accessible at  For information on creating an account, check your Northwestern email inbox for an email from Jesse Bowman with the subject, “Access Key for Online Edition of Bluebook.”

If you have any questions about legal citation, legal research, or the law library, generally, feel free to email the librarians at their shared address,  A librarian will also be available to help via chat from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Online Bluebook Homepage

The Bluebook

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Resource Spotlight: Lean Library

Northwestern University Libraries now subscribes to Lean Library, a browser plug-in that seamlessly brings our library resources into your workflow. The Lean Library browser extension makes it simple to access academic articles, journals and databases licensed by the Libraries while searching the web.

The extension works with our library to identify e-resources we subscribe to. Whether you search through Google, Google scholar, or the library itself, it’s easy to access our subscriptions. If you reach a paywall for an article or eBook, Lean Library will look for an alternative, legal option for access.

After downloading, the extension will notify you via an icon in the bookmarks bar when you’re on a website that we have a subscription for. If the icon is green, then you have access. A grey icon means that access is denied. If the material you’d like to use doesn’t seem accessible, Lean Library will automatically check for open access versions of the article.

To get started, Download the extension ⇨ Select our institution ⇨ Start researching

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Resource Spotlight: Global-Regulation

Although there is no database that allows you to conduct a comprehensive keyword search across all laws from every country in the world in one place, Global-Regulation can at least help you efficiently run a search across laws and regulations from 95 countries at one time.

The laws and regulations available through this database are translated into English using machine translation. The machine translations enable you to conduct keyword searches across the text of these laws and regulations in English, but you should not rely on these translations for the basis of your legal arguments because machine translations may contain errors or be inaccurate.

However, Global-Regulation is still a valuable resource to assist with identifying whether legislation on a specific topic exists in certain countries and can help save you time with “survey-like” or comparative law projects, such as if you need to collect domestic laws on a particular subject from several foreign countries. Coverage in the database is currently at 95 countries with varying levels of depth of coverage for each country.

Within a result, the “Show Original” link will show the text of the law or regulation in the original language as a side-by-side comparison with the machine-translated English version.

Laws and regulations from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and other selected countries include direct links to where a PDF copy of the law or regulation is available through one of the country’s official government websites.

If a direct link for a law or regulation is not available through Global-Regulation, you can easily use the citation provided by this database to retrieve a copy of the law from the country’s legislature website.

Give this database a try the next time you work on a project involving foreign legal research!

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HeinOnline’s U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library

Keeping track of the ongoing impeachment process in the U.S. House of Representatives requires that we process constant references to a whistleblower complaint, subpoenas, witness statements and testimony, and committee procedural rules.  A tremendous resource for reviewing these documents is the U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library, available to members of the Northwestern University community at

HeinOnline Impeachment Library Image

HeinOnline’s U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library

The landing page for this database provides links to impeachment materials categorized by President, as well as a brief, but informative, history of presidential impeachment in the United States.  Upon clicking the link for “Donald Trump,” we arrive at a page with links to a pair of resources. The first, “Impeachment Process in the House of Representatives (R45769),” is a digestible, 17-page report published on October 10, 2019 by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.  The second, “Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine,” leads to an extensive collection of documents, listed in reverse chronological order, related to the ongoing impeachment investigation. These documents are available either as downloadable PDFs or via external links to congressional websites.  In addition to browsing the list for a particular document, it’s also possible, using the “Search this title” box, to locate document containing particular phrases or terms.

In addition to serving as a useful resource for understanding the ongoing impeachment investigation of President Trump, the U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library is also a superb tool for learning about previous presidential impeachments, as well as the process, more generally.  Indeed, the collections relating to Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton each contain troves of primary documents. Moreover, the “Scholarly Articles” tab offers a vast collection of law review articles dealing with the topics of impeachment and presidential power.  Usefully, this collection is both searchable and sortable by date or number of citations.

If you’re interested in locating primary documents relating to the current or past presidential impeachments, or if you’re hoping to take a step back and review scholarly discussions of the topic, we recommend taking a look at this excellent resource.

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