Resource Spotlight: Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954

Thanks to Northwestern University Libraries we have access to a new database, Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954, Sources from the American Jewish Historical Society, New York.

The database contains full-color, full-text searchable digitized primary source materials on the history of Jewish communities in America from their first arrival in New York in 1654 to today. It draws on the archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, New York. Founded in 1892, it is the oldest national ethnic historical organization in the United States and maintains an archive of more than 20 million documents, 50,000 books, photographs, art and artifacts.

Per Adam Matthew Digital, the database publisher, the collection provides insight into the following key topics in the history of Jewish communities in America:

  • The evolution of early Jewish Settlements in areas such as New York, Rhode Island and Philadelphia.
  • The immigration process and structures of support for those arriving from the Old World – the differing experiences of immigrants and, from the late 19th century, strategies adopted at Ellis Island and in Galveston.
  • The role of Jews in the American War of Independence and the Civil War.
  • The role of the synagogue as a focal point for Jewish communities.
  • The development of Jewish schools and charitable institutions.
  • Westward expansion and the attempts to establish Jewish farms.
  • The Jewish Diaspora – the influx of Jews from Western Europe, Eastern Europe and other places around the world, and their dispersal across America.
  • The garment industry, peddling, general stores, finance and diversification into other industries.
  • The development of differing strands of Judaism in America – Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionism and Orthodoxy – and the roots of this in patterns of immigration and in societal changes.
  • Reaching out to Jewish communities around the world – especially to Russia, Romania, Germany and Eastern Europe.
  • American Jewish involvement in the Spanish-American War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War I and World War II.
  • Involvement in Civil Rights and Minority Rights issues

If you would like to read more about the American Jewish Historical Society or the collections available in this database, see the Jewish Life in America User Guide provided by the publisher.

Thanks to Northwestern University Libraries for making this extensive collection available to the full Northwestern community.  As a reminder, you can see other non-legal databases that we have access to courtesy of University Libraries via their A-Z database list.

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Resource Spotlight: Extra! Extra!: Access to News Articles

If you hit a paywall when trying to access a news article, we have many electronic resources where you can likely access the full-text article instead.

For current articles from the Wall Street Journal, use this link to access the WSJ website. Initial access requires you to register with your Northwestern email address, then subsequently you may log in with your NetID and password.

Northwestern Law students, faculty, and staff can access all Financial Times content directly at after registering for an account at this link.

Although our university does not have direct access to the websites for the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, you can access both current and historical versions of these and other popular newspapers through the links available in our News Sources research guide. Some of these resources even allow you to access PDF print replica copies of the articles. Alternatively, you can search for the name of the newspaper in NUsearch, and our library catalog will provide links to relevant databases and the coverage dates for those databases.

If you are interested in legal news, you can access Law360 content via this link. Additionally, Lexis Legal News also provides access to Law360 content as well as ALM Media publications such as The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, and the New York Law Journal.

You can easily set alerts for news searches on Lexis by clicking on the bell icon after running a search. Your specified search will automatically run on the database, and Lexis will send you a notification when any new articles are published that meet your search criteria.

Lexis also provides access to articles from newspapers around the world in its News section. Browse for newspapers by country or region or search across a set of newspapers, such as major U.S. newspapers, or within a particular publication.

Access both Lexis Legal News and Lexis News using your individual Lexis username and password.

Looking for Bloomberg content? Use your individual Bloomberg Law account to access the Bloomberg News Search.

Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions about using these resources. Happy reading! 

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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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