Instructional Support

Bloomberg, Lexis & Westlaw Access

The Law Library provides Law School faculty members access for  to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw. Contact Vicente Garces, 624-2597, or the Reference Office (, 625-4309) to register for access.

Create a Course Website - TWEN and Canvas

Many of the Law School’s faculty use TWEN (The West Education Network) to host websites for their courses. For assistance in creating a TWEN site contact Michael Hannon, 625-0173,

Canvas is a course managment system that is popular campuswide. Canvas is supported by University IT. Visit the Canvas website for more information and assistance.

Placing Items on Course Reserve: print & digital (including exams)
Copyright Issues & Instructor Responsibilities

Several weeks before the beginning of each term, you will be asked to provide your syllabus or a list of the course materials that you would like to have placed on reserve. You may place items on reserve anytime during the semester. To ensure timely access for your students, please allow two weeks for processing.

How to Place Items on Course Reserve

Items in electronic format, e.g. syllabus will be accessible to U of M law students from the Course Guide section of the Law School website.

The library will make every effort to obtain requested materials not owned by the library through purchase or loan from other campus libraries. We will also include materials you own on reserve, and these will be returned to you at the end of the semester. Hard copy reserve materials will be available at the circulation desk. Due to space constraints and copyright issues, materials will be kept on reserve for the current term only unless you submit a subsequent request. When possible, we will link to available electronic texts unless you indicate that you would like a hard copy on reserve.

Placing Exams on Course Reserve

If you are currently teaching a course, you will receive a list of the old exams that you have previously given to the Law Library for this course. You will be asked to review these old exams and to sign the attached release forms for any of the exams that you would like to make available during the term. If you wish to provide us with an exam that we do not already have, please sign a release form and provide us with a paper copy of the exam. Model answers will also be made available when you provide them to the library. When we receive your signed releases, we will immediately make your exams/answers available to students via the library home page and/or in hard copy at the reserve desk (as you specify on the release forms). Please email Daniel Matthews at or call 625-5262 for assistance with exams.

Copyright Issues & Instructor Responsibilities

Upon request, we will digitize course syllabi, book chapters, articles, etc. as allowed by copyright law. Whenever copyrighted materials are duplicated, whether the copies are made by instructors or by the library, only the amount needed to accomplish the specific educational purpose may be placed on reserve. Copies of works will be made available for course reserves only if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Materials are in the public domain.
  • Copyrighted materials are used under the provisions of a contract or license agreement. The Law Library will determine permissible uses under such contracts or license agreements.
  • Copyrighted materials are used under the provision of Fair Use, U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Section 107, determined using a case-by- case four-factor analysis.
  • Copyrighted materials are used with permission from the copyright holder. Contacting the publisher or copyright owner directly often is the easiest way to obtain permission. The Copyright Permissions Service can also provide assistance.

Materials marketed primarily for instructional use in courses (e.g., textbooks, workbooks, anthologies) cannot be copied for reserve. The Law Library may be unable to place other materials on reserve due to legal or administrative concerns.

If you would like to place a digitized copy of a work on reserve, you need to evaluate whether the work is in the public domain or protected by copyright law. If the work is protected by copyright law, you need to determine whether placing a copy of the work on reserve qualifies as a fair use or requires permission. For more information on copyright compliance, consult the PDF iconCopyright FAQ for Law School Faculty and Staff.

Research Instruction - Presentations/Tours/Guides

At your request, the reference librarians can provide classroom presentations on research tools and techniques, tours, or customized research guides for your students. Please contact Vicente Garces, 624-2597, for assistance.

CALI Lessons

CALI (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) offers an extensive library of over 1,000 interactive legal tutorials to supplement classroom instruction. Law faculty and students can register to access CALI lessons by contacting the Reference Office, 625-4309 to obtain the required authorization code to register online at the CALI website.

Teaching Tools for Law School Faculty (a guide to resources on teaching law)

Teaching Tools for Law School Faculty provides information and resources to assist those teaching law school courses. The information is general and applicable to most law school courses. University of Minnesota Law School faculty who would like assistance specific to a course, should contact the reference staff.

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