Student Learning

Student Continuity of Learning Resources


The Research Desk will now be operating virtually and with extended hours, from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 5pm on Friday, and by appointment. Suffolk Legal Research Librarians will be answering emails during this time and are also available to schedule virtual meetings, which allow for screen sharing, through Zoom. Email us at



Wolters Kluwer/Aspen
In partnership with VitalSource, Wolters Kluwer is providing free digital e-textbooks for students who lost access to their purchased book or library resources due to a shift from in-person to online classes. Please review the following instructions on how to access or create a VitalSource account and select the e-textbooks you’ll need to complete your coursework this semester.

VitalSource Helps Access Instructions:

1.) To get started, students should visit and log-in or create a Bookshelf account with your Suffolk email address. 
2.) Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account  for both students and instructors.,
3.) Once you create an account with your Suffolk email address, you should log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper-left corner of the screen. This tab provides access to the freely available e-textbooks.

For a complete list of VitalSource frequently asked questions regarding access to the VitalSource Helps Program, please visit their site to learn more. Please note that at this time, student downloads are limited to 7 titles and trial access will expire on Monday, May 25, 2020.

West Academic - Complimentary E-book Access to Casebooks for Affected Students
1.) Please call West Academic at 877.888.1330 (ext.4) to setup your eBook.
2.) They want us to emphasize that this resource is only for students who do not have access to their required course materials.  If a student has access to their print book, they should not call in. West Academic will also accommodate folks that share books, use the library copy, etc., and do not have access to the content.
3.) West Academic asks that students have a West Academic account before they call in.  You can use your online study aids account or create an account here:

Carolina Academic Press

Carolina Academic Press titles that are on course reserve in the law library, including casebooks, are now available for you online:
These titles are available until May 18, 2020.

Other Lexis Materials

You can access other Lexis materials here:

Free Online Access to Bluebook

The Bluebook editors have generously offered free online access to The Bluebook while law school classes are being held online.  If you need online access to The Bluebook, please email the law library’s research desk at  One of the legal research librarians will send you an access key. 


As always, a variety of online study aids are available to you from any location. Access West AcademicLexisNexis Digital Library, and CALI exercises directly, or browse our course-specific research guides.  


As a reminder, if you want to keep up with the news, you have access to the Washington Post through this link (you’ll be prompted for your Suffolk login). 


We will continue to try our best to fill e-requests.  At this time, we are no longer able to fill book requests. To submit an ILL request, go here.