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Study Aids Available for Checkout

The law library has study aids available in print and on CD for checkout. Some of the most popular titles, which address many areas of law, include: UnderstandingQ&AExamples and ExplanationsSum and SubstanceNutshells, and Emanuel’s OutlinesLaw in a Flash flashcards are also available for checkout. Topics currently available are: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Real Property, Torts, and Wills & Trusts.

As our stacks are closed this semester, you can request study aids through our catalog, Scholar. Once you’ve requested an item, it will be available for pickup in the law library or through our curbside pickup option. For assistance in finding a study aid, contact us at

Free Online Study Aids for Last-Minute Studying

All of the study aids and textbooks that publishers are providing free access to can be found on our Temporary Textbook & Study Aid Access page.

There are many titles available.  

Good luck on finals!

Harvard Business Review eBooks Available

Harvard Business Review eBooks include many titles on leadership, management, entrepreneurship, and more. To access: 

These resources are useful for anyone interested in business, business leadership, and/or mindfulness. The many interesting titles available include: the Harvard Business Review’s Guides to Emotional Intelligence at WorkWork-Life Balance, and Motivating People, along with Managing Oneself, How to Be Happy at Work, Leadership on the Line, and many others.


Tips for Getting Work Done at Home

There have been a number of articles recently about getting work done/studying at home. After reviewing them, we’ve put together this list of top ten tips to help you:

  1. Study actively: Ever lose your train of thought while studying or have to read a paragraph over and over? You are not alone. Try actively studying by asking questions about the subject before, during, and after studying.

  2. Have a designated study area: even if you don’t have your own home office, designate a specific place that is your study area.

  3. Have a schedule: While you don’t have to do your work at the same time every day, it’s important to have a schedule and stick to it to avoid wasting the day away.

  4. Eat and sleep right: Stressful situations can cause you to lose sleep and not eat right. It’s important to get enough rest and eat well for maximum studying effect.

  5. Use caffeine wisely: The best times to charge up are between 10 a.m. and noon and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. This goes for coffee or your caffeine of choice. So why not early in the AM?  The body naturally produces cortisol in the morning, which helps us to wake up. Caffeine messes with our cortisol production, making us more dependent on caffeine.

  6. Use a timer or something similar to set a period of time to get work done. An alternative to a timer is a load of laundry running through the washer or dryer.

  7. Exercise: Even if you don’t have exercise equipment at home, there are plenty of videos available online—YouTube has a ton of them. Also, housework can get the heart pumping.

  8. Get dressed: just like you would if you had to go to school for class or the library for studying. By getting up and getting ready for the day, you can help to set the tone for making it a productive day.

  9. The Rule of Three: The Rule of Three says that you have to get just three things done. Make a to-do list and put only the next three things you have to do on it. Give each of those things a good crossing-out once you finish it (make it satisfying). After finishing those, create your next list.

  10. Ask for help if you need it. Whether it’s help with schoolwork, your health, or needing someone to talk to—just do it.

Past Exams Available Online

As you begin preparing for exams, don’t forget that we post professors’ past exams on the library website. You’ll need to login in with your CSU ID and pin. Whether to post and which exams to post is up to the individual professor. Some professors choose not to have their exams placed online, but many of them do provide us with examples. For the most part, you’ll only find the exam questions without sample answers. Good luck as you start to study for exams!