Monday, February 29, 2016

Louisiana Legislative Session

The Louisiana Legislature will convene for the 2016 Regular Session on March 14, 2016 at noon. During March, we'll focus on publications related to LA legislation and have a post on compiling LA legislative history.

To learn about current bills and committee information, visit the Legislature's website at From there, you can see bill text versions, committee agendas, watch committee meetings online, view votes, and find logistical session information.

The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn sine die by 6pm on June 6, 2016.

Monday, February 22, 2016

New Research Resource from the Law Library

The Law Library is happy to introduce our new website to help with your legal research. At, you can view research guides written by our librarians and search for all electronic databases you have access to as Loyola students and faculty (over 60!). The website will be continuously updated so check back often!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Advanced Search on Lexis Advance

LexisNexis has updated their advanced search features giving us even more search tools and shortcuts! Take a look at the quick video below for an overview, or sign in to your Lexis Advance account. You can explore the advanced search from the homepage. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Electronic Resource of the Month: U.S. Presidential Library on HeinOnline

From January to May, we are focusing this series on some of the collections available via HeinOnline. All HeinOnline resources can be accessed through The collections are available to Loyola Law faculty and students, and it can be accessed while connected to the Loyola internet or off-campus using your Loyola username and password. Check back each month for updates!

The U.S. Presidential Library on Hein includes over 261 titles including: 

  • Public Papers of the Presidents (1929-2011)        
  • Messages and Papers of the Presidents (1789-1929)
  • CFR Title 3 (Presidents – Executive Orders, Proclamations, Reorganization Plans)
  • Daily and Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

HeinOnline provides PDF scans of the official versions of these documents. This means that all documents pulled from here can be cited as if to the official, authentic print source. See T1.2 Executive Office of the President, page 243-244 in the 20th ed. of the Bluebook for citation conventions. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Print Resource of the Month: Louisiana Civil Jury Instruction Companion Handbook

From January to May, we are focusing this series on Louisiana-specific materials intended to be helpful for practice (or that are just really interesting). Check back each month for updates!

Last month’s post discussed Trial Handbook for Louisiana Lawyers , a book that provides a wide range of information related to practice in LA district courts. The resource this week focuses on one aspect of courtroom practice: jury instructions.

Louisiana Civil Jury Instruction Companion Handbook is a great resource for practicing attorneys because usually lawyers write and submit jury instructions without pattern instructions to follow. This book compiles jury instructions that were actually given in particular cases with additional notes to serve as a guide for practitioners. It is designed as a “companion handbook” to work in conjunction with another popular treatise on LA jury instructions, Louisiana Civil Law Treatise, Civil Jury Instructions (available in print KFL 542.6 .J64 and on WestlawNext).

Andrea Beauchamp Carroll, Louisiana Civil Jury Instruction Companion Handbook (2014-2015 ed. 2014). (KFL 542.6 .L68)