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Free Online Study Aids Available from Wolters Kluwer

While you may not be able to physically check out some of your favorite study aids, there are many online options to access. Yesterday’s blog highlighted study aids available from Westlaw and West Academic. Today we’ll highlight the Wolters Kluwer offerings and tomorrow we’ll cover some from Lexis. Check our Temporary Textbook & Study Aid Access page for complete information on all free resources—we will update this page as we get additional information.

Wolters Kluwers has online access to hundreds of study aids. Some of the most popular series included are Examples and Explanations, Emanuel CrunchTime, Emanuel Law Outlines, Glannon Guides, and Aspen Student Treatises.

To get started, you will need to log into the proxy server the first time you access the study aids. From there, you will  create a Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid account. Once you have created an account, you will no longer need to log into the proxy server but will use your personal account log in instead. 

To log into the proxy server: 

  • Click here or follow the link for AspenLaw eBooks under Quick Links on the Law Library homepage 
  • Students: use your 7-digit CSU ID number and the password you use to log into the computer lab
  • Faculty and staff: use your 7 digit CSU ID and the password you use to access your office computer

To Create a Personal Account: 

  • Once you are logged into the proxy server, click “Register” under “Don’t have a personal account?” and create a personal account
  • Once you have a personal account set up, go to each time to log in and  search for study aids and other titles you want

The following document provides more details about access, finding study aids, and reading ebooks on the platform.

Free Access to Study Aids from West

Through West Academic Study Aids, you have free online access to hundreds of study aids, treatises, and audio lectures. Popular study aid series such as Nutshells, Acing Series, Concepts and Insights, Gilbert Law Summaries, and Sum and Substance Audio are also available. Follow the instructions below for access. All of the study aids and textbooks that publishers are providing free access to can be found at our Temporary Textbook & Study Aid Access page.

The following are also available through Westlaw:

Instructions for Accessing West Academic Study Aids:

  • 1. Go to You should be prompted to log into the law school proxy server. Students use your 7 digit CSU ID number and the password you use to log into the computer lab. Faculty and staff use your 7 digit CSU ID and the password you use to access your office computer.3. After entering your C|M|LAW credentials, you will be taken to the West Academic site. It should say “Hello Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Guest” in the upper right corner.

    4. You can browse all the books in the collection as a guest.

    Create a West Academic Account
    Personalize your experience by creating a West Academic account.
    Creating a West Academic account allows you to take notes, highlight, save favorites, download titles for
    offline access, and more.

    1. Click ‘Create an Account’ in the upper right-hand corner and follow the prompts. You must use your law school email account.

    2. West Academic should send you a verification email. If you don’t receive an email, contact Beth Farrell at and/or Amy Burchfield at

    3. Once your account is properly set-up, you can log-in independently from your school’s network.

Free Access Citation Guides: Bluebook and Indigo Book

The Bluebook has given C|M|LAW keys to use to access it online for free for a period of time. If you need online access, please send an email to You will receive an email reply with instructions on how to get access.

The Indigo Book is an alternate citation manual that is available for free online. It was compiled by a team of students at the New York University School of Law, working under the direction of Professor Christopher Jon Sprigman.

The Indigo Book isn’t the same as The Bluebook, but it does implement the same Uniform System of Citation that The Bluebook does. The scope of The Indigo Book’s coverage is roughly equivalent to The Bluebook’s “Bluepages”—that is, The Indigo Book covers legal citation for U.S. legal materials, as well as books, periodicals, and Internet and other electronic resources. The Indigo Book’s scope does not extend to loose-leaf reporters, nor to foreign legal materials or the publications of international organizations like the United Nations.


Numerous Databases Outside of Westlaw and Lexis to Assist in Your Research

Looking for more resources for your paper? We subscribe to a number of law databases in addition to Westlaw and Lexis, and the main library has additional databases that may prove helpful to your research.

Some of the databases may require use of your CSU Scholar PIN to access off campus. Your Scholar PIN provides access to the My Account feature on Scholar, which enables you to renew your checked-out materials and see the status of your requested materials. Your Scholar PIN also provides remote access to many databases. 

To get a PIN, go to Scholar and click on My Account, enter your name and CSU ID#, and click submit. The system will prompt you to enter a new PIN.

Check here for common connection problems related to off-campus databases.

If you have trouble with the ID and Pin access, contact IT at

We’re Still Available for Research Consultations

Research consultations generally last 30 minutes to one hour. Since we are working remotely, we can communicate with you over Zoom or via telephone. Please schedule a time with us so we can properly prepare.

Students are encouraged to schedule a consultation when:

  • Writing an upper-level paper or journal note — topic selection & preemption check, in-depth research, interdisciplinary research

  • Needing in-depth assistance with topical legal research (e.g., administrative law research, legislative history research, effective database research)

To schedule a consultation, email Please be sure to include the following information:

  • Your full name

  • Your email address

  • Day(s) and time(s) you are available

  • Class/seminar or journal title for which you need research assistance

  • Your research topic/issue

  • What you’ve done already

  • What you need or can’t find

After receiving your request, a Research Services Librarian will get back to you to schedule your consultation.