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Changes to Searching the Collections of CWRU Libraries

Judith Kaul  /  Tuesday, April 30, 2019  /  Categories: Databases and Subscription Resources, Legal Research Tips, Library News and Tools  /  Rate this article:
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The CWRU Libraries (including the Law Library) have implemented OpenAthens as a new authentication method for library resources (aka,electronic research resources). Access to most library resources will now be routed through CWRU Single Sign-On (SSO). SSO is the login and password you use to login to the CWRU email system.The advantage for this new access method is that logging in to Case VPN will not be necessary for those databases that can accept CWRU Single Sign On. 

VPN is still required for remote access to some library resources. See the CWRU Libraries Search & Authentication Research Guide for more information.

There are some transition issues that might lead to user confusion.  Some web addresses may change,  and shortcuts you previously bookmarked may no longer work.  If your bookmarks no longer work, you may want to go to https://catalog.case.edu and view the library record for the resource. Law Users may want to go to the
Law Library’s  
A-Z Databases list to access databases. 

Access to the Computer-Assisted Legal Research (CALR) databases that Law School users use most often, Lexis Advance, Westlaw Edge and Bloomberg Law, have not changed.  They still work with the logins and passwords you set up when you registered for these services. Some databases are not yet compliant with the new OpenAthens standards.  Therefore, when accessing these resources, you still must connect to Case VPN before connecting. 

Academic Search Complete

Business Source Complete

Derwent Innovations Index (Patents) (An OhioLINK subscription)

EBSCO eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary)


Index to Legal Periodicals and Books


Legal Collection


Making of Modern Law collection of databases

NAACP Papers

New York Review of Books

New York Times – Current Fulltext

New York Times – Historical

Nexis Uni

ProQuest Congressional databases


Social Sciences Citation Index

Examples of E-resources for which you will be prompted to provide your Single Sign On credentials include:

Along with the changes for the new OpenAthens identity and access management software, the campus libraries also acquired a new eJournal management  and discovery platform called eJournal Portal which identifies which databases in our collections provide indexing and potentially full-text for a specific journal. There also now is  a Citation Resolver tool. If you enter a standard journal citation into the resolver, it will identify the index databases which include that publication and provides links to the relevant records.

We hope that more legal research databases and services will eventually develop compatibility with the Open Athens authentication system thereby provide less complicated access for our community. As always, if you find you need help learning this new system, you can stop at the Law Library Reference Desk for assistance.



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