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Consumer Law Manuals' Companion Web Sites

The Consumer Law Manuals (National Consumer Law Center) set includes three titles Consumer Arbitration Agreements, Enforceability and Other Topics (2015 9th ed.), Student Law (2015 5th ed.), and Truth in Lending (2015, 9th ed.) which are shelved at the Reference Desk in the main Oakland library. Each National Consumer Law Center companion website contains the appendices of the corresponding books plus much additional material such as forms. To access this additional material inside the library go to , click on "Digital Library", ask librarian at the reference desk to put in the username and password.

CCH Federal and California Taxes

CCH Federal and California Taxes, (Wolters Kluwer) listed below, are available in the Oakland and Hayward libraries on the public computers and over WiFi to your laptops and smart electronic devices at The library no longer subscribes to CCH Standard Federal Tax Reporter.

Primary Source Material includes Federal IRC and Regulations
California State Tax Reporter

FastCase's libraries include primary law from all 50 states, as well as deep federal coverage going back to 1 U.S. 1, 1 F.2d 1, 1 F.Supp. 1, and 1 B.R. 1. The Fastcase collection includes cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions.

Forecite California Instructions are not intended to be a replacement or substitute for CALJIC or CALCRIM. The objective of FORECITE is to update, supplement and augment CALJIC or CALCRIM to reflect late developments not yet considered by, or included in, CALJIC or CALCRIM. Hence, by using CALJIC or CALCRIM and FORECITE TOGETHER more accurate, complete and up to date statements of the law will be obtained. Ask a librarian at the reference desk to put in the username and password.


DissoMaster™, a premier support calculation program in California makes it easy to use all the tools needed to evaluate support options and prepare marital dissolution settlements by: calculating guideline net income from gross income; calculating guideline child support; calculating guideline temporary spousal support or user-entered postjudgment support; helping create optional settlements that meet specific goals while providing maximum tax savings; and easily changing entries for income and expenses and altering the program's assumptions to accommodate a variety of individual circumstances. In addition to determining guideline awards, DissoMaster suggests alternate awards that usually decrease the combined tax liability of the payor and the recipient while meeting the goals specified by the person inputting information. When the combined tax liability is decreased, the parties have more income to split. DissoMaster uses income tax schedules to calculate support, rather than withholding tables which only approximate actual taxes. DissoMaster also calculates and integrates federal and state taxes and credits.


HeinOnline provides the full text of more than 1,200 law reviews and journals beginning with volume one. For a list of the law reviews and journals click here. The PDF format means that footnotes appear on the same page as the related text. Tables and illustrations appear exactly as in the print law review. Please click on the Law Journal Quick Reference Guide (PDF - 742kB) for more information. HeinOnline is available in the library on most library computers and available over WiFi to your laptops at

James Publishing’s E-Books

This pilot program through the end of December 2016 features access to 30 full text E-Books from law publisher James Publishing. Available commands within the E-Books are "full screen", "zoom in", "search", "table of contents", and "print". Most books come with forms. A complete list of books follows: Attacking & Defending Drunk Driving Tests, Litigating Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination Cases, Bankruptcy Courts & Procedures, California Objections, California Pretrial Practice & Forms, Relentless Criminal Cross-Examination, California Drunk Driving Law, Introduction to Collaborative Divorce, Criminal Defense Tools and Techniques, California Judge Reviews (California Courts & Judges), California Lien Claims in Workers' Compensation Cases, California Legal Secretary, California Causes of Action, California Workers' Compensation Law and Practice, Deposition Checklists & Strategies, Divorce Tools & Techniques, Exposing Deceptive Defense Doctors, Federal Criminal Practice, Guerrilla Discovery, Handling Federal Discovery, How Insurance Companies Settle Cases, Is It Admissible, Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases, The Limited Liability Company, Litigating Neck and Back Injuries, Model Interrogatories, Preparing for Trial in Federal Court, Social Security Disability Practice, Social Security Issues Annotated (Bohr’s), Social Security Disability Advocate’s Handbook.

Law Journal Directory

The "Law Journals Directory" lists all the journals and law reviews available in LexisNexis, Westlaw and HeinOnline:

Journals and Law Reviews by Abbreviation (PDF - 452kB)
his worksheet is arranged by the journal abbreviation, and lists the journal or law review in the second column.

Journals and Law Reviews by Title (PDF - 678kB)
This worksheet has the titles in the first column, with the second column containing the abbreviations.

Law Journals with free online access

LEXIS Advance

LEXIS Advance provides searching, printing and e-mailing of federal primary law such as federal cases, USCS (United States Code Service), and federal regulations as well as all 50 states' codes and cases. For California, LEXIS supplies Deering's California Code Annotated. Pleading and Practice in full text with forms is now available. LEXIS is available only from desktop computers within the libraries.

NOLO (EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center)

Provides more than 220 online full text legal reference books and thousands of legal forms, the majority from Nolo, the nation's oldest provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses including: California specific books and forms, business law, property and real estate, rights and disputes and much more. These books and forms may be searched, printed and e-mailed both from within the library and outside the library. Laptop access is available to Legal Information Reference Center materials and forms in both libraries via WiFi. Please click on EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center to connect to this database from anywhere. It is also available from the public computers' menu at the Main Library and on a public computer at the Branch Library in Hayward. For information on how to use the this database click here. (PDF - 340kB)


Provides web access to all of CEB's print materials in such areas as Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, and Workmen's Compensation. Laptop access is available to CEB's materials and its downloadable forms in Word at in both libraries via WiFi. OnLAW is available on several public computers at the Main Library and on a public computer at the Branch Library in Hayward.


Ravel uses the integration of visualization and analytics into the search algorithm and results. You can search by justice, by jurisdiction, or by performing an all-encompassing keyword search. If you just need to pull up a specific case, you can find it by case name or number. Learn more about Ravel's court coverage and acceptable search operators by going to their FAQ.


Federal and state cases and codes may be verified and new citations found by using this web-based service. Features Lexis access to full text of cases and codes as well as printing and E-mail capabilities from library workstations. The library has replaced all of its hardcopy Shepard's Citations sets with this online Shepard's service which is part of LEXIS Advance.


WestlawNext includes cases, statutes and regulations for all 50 states and the US federal cases and statutes; American Law Reports, American Jurisprudence and California Jurisprudence legal encyclopedias; California Litigation and Transactions Forms as well as all Rutter Group titles. KeyCite, a citation checking tool, is also available. Many West and Rutter print materials are now available on WestlawNext to replace print copies that the library has canceled. Jury Verdicts & Settlements replaces the Law Library's subscription to VerdictSearch.

These links work only inside the law library from your laptop:

WestlawNext Patron Access Subscription Content Link for Main Account:

West e-Learning Center Training Resource Link from your laptop:

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