Learn to navigate the LESA Library with ease. If you are new to the LESA Library, or if you are a seasoned subscriber and wish to learn a little more about how you can effectively search and find materials on the LESA Library, this post is for you. Scroll below for how to login, navigate the LESA Library, and for tips on how to perform an efficient search.
LOGGING INTO THE LESA LIBRARY
LESA Library subscribers can access the LESA Library by clicking the “My Library” button at the top-right corner of LESA.org webpages or you can access the LESA Library here.
You must be logged into your LESA.org account to view LESA Library materials. Your login page can be found on the top right corner of the LESA.org webpage, or you can login here.
- Your username will be your email
- If you forget your password, you can reset it here.
LESA LIBRARY HOMEPAGE
From the homepage of the LESA Library, you can search for materials several different ways. We have a filter menu that allows you to choose one, or several, search parameters to narrow down your results, a search bar that allows you to type in a specific search term, and clickable blue boxes that take you to the landing pages of each of our eight collections where you can explore available resources from each area of law. Note: blue boxes are only clickable for the area(s) of law you have subscribed to.
Using the “Search the Library” Search Bar
Using the search bar in the filter menu, you can type in a specific term to search the LESA Library for materials related to your chosen term.
Using the Filter Menu
Alternatively, you can filter your search results by selecting one, or several, criteria on the filter menu to set parameters and narrow down your results. Select for area of law, content type (paper, publication, precedent), author(s), and/or publication year(s) then click “Apply Filters”. Select “Legal Support Staff” to view all materials relevant to legal support staff roles.
Using the Blue Boxes
To view all available resources from a particular area of law, click the area of law box you’re interested in from the LESA Library homepage.
AREA OF LAW LANDING PAGES
Clicking one of the blue “area of law” boxes on the LESA Library homepage will take you to an area of law landing page displaying all available resources within that collection. The top of the page will always contain the relevant publication(s) from your chosen area of law.
Below the publication link, there are expandable menus of sub-topics. When the sub-topic menus are clicked and expanded, you will see papers related to the sub-topic under your chosen area of law.
Narrowing Down Your Search Results
Once you have completed a search, either through the filter menu or through the search bar, you can use the “Sort by” tool to narrow down your results. In the picture below, we searched for the term “divorce”, and filtered the results to “family law” resources only, plus filtered the publication date range to be within 2017-2021. The default sorting option will put the most relevant results at the top (i.e. the resources that reference that term the most often, or have it in the title). On the righthand side, you can switch the sorting options to sort alphabetically, or by publication year.
To reach our practice manual publications, you can:
- Select “publications” from the “Filter by Type” category and your search results will populate with all available LESA publications (from the area(s) of law you are subscribed to).
- On the homepage, click the area of law (blue box) that you’re interested in. The publication(s) from your chosen area of law will be visible at the top of the page.
When you click on a paper/publication, it will open via an online PDF viewer. Papers can be printed and downloaded via the print/download buttons on the righthand side of the PDF viewer. Note: Publications cannot be printed or downloaded and will not have these buttons.
There is also a button to view the PDF of a paper or publication in full screen mode.
Select papers and publications contain useful sample forms, precedents, and checklists. These can be found by using the filter menu and selecting “precedents or checklists” along with other search parameters you wish to apply.
Publications containing precedents/samples/checklists will have these files included within their appendices. The appendices are downloadable, printable, and are found underneath the PDF viewer for the publication within an expandable menu titled “Appendices”. Expanding this menu will open a list of appendices for that publication, usually in Word doc version. Note: Only publications have appendices – papers do not.