Current Awareness Services

There are several current awareness services available to faculty. These services enable you to keep up with the latest journal articles, court decisions and developments in your areas of interest. Your liaison can help set up any of these resources.

CILP and SmartCILP

The Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) is a weekly table of contents service. CILP indexes over 500 legal publications within 100 subject headings. Each issue contains complete tables of contents of all journals indexed. CILP is available 4-6 weeks before commercial legal periodical indexes. CILP is shelved in the faculty library.

SmartCILP, the electronic version of CILP, provides automated, personalized e-mail delivery of CILP. Personalize it by creating a profile tailored to your research interests. You can choose subjects or journals in your specific areas of interest, or you can select individual journals. Weekly e-mails contain citations to  journal articles on your chosen subjects or new tables of contents from your chosen journals. The e-mail contains built-in Westlaw, Lexis and HeinOnline links to articles.

Contact Professor Melissa Serfass for information on creating your profile or to obtain the authorization code.

Bloomberg Law E-Mail Alerts

Bloomberg Law contains primary state and federal law sources and secondary and analytical materials. Topics include labor, tax, intellectual property, and professional responsibility. Keep up with SCOTUS and other federal courts with U.S. Law Week. Email alerts from topical areas are also available. These emails provide news alerts to key developments with links to the full text of cases or articles. Sign up for e-mail updates.

If you don’t have a Bloomberg account, contact Professor Melissa Serfass.

MyHein saved searches and eTOC alerts

HeinOnline is a collection of libraries including an in-depth collection of U.S. law reviews, the U.S. Code, C.F.R. and Federal Register. It also includes libraries containing the old English Reports, Canadian S. Ct. Reports, and U.S. state and federal session laws. All Hein content is delivered in PDF format and has the same pagination as the print publication. Creating a MyHein account will allow you to save searches and create alerts on journals. When new content is added to Hein, you will receive an email notification, with links to content, if your research is updated or if a journal has new content.


The Library subscribes to the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN), a division of the Social Sciences Research Network. LSN publishes a wide range of law-related working papers and article drafts accepted for publication. Many of the articles are free. Some require a subscription.  If you would like access to any of the subscription LSN journals contact Professor Serfass.

Journal Routing

At your request the library will route periodicals and looseleaf report bulletins to you. Contact Professor Jada Aitchison to arrange to have materials routed. Please return routed materials to her.