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In 2008, the “Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship” was crafted by the Directors of twelve of our countries’ leading academic Law Libraries. The statement was a “call for all law schools to stop publishing their journals in print format and to rely instead on electronic publication coupled with a commitment to keep the electronic versions available in stable, open, digital formats.”

Not only were these librarians working to save their law schools money that would have been spent on publication in print, but the electronic versions of the journals can provide greater access to people all over the world in an effort to promote further scholarship.

That is not to say that everything is free and on the internet. There still are costs associated with producing the journals electronically.

The Mass. Trial Court Law Libraries make the publications of these Law Schools and more available to library card holders for no charge. We provide access to all cardholders to a number of databases from your home or office that include access to over 1200 legal journals. You may come into one of the seventeen Trial Court Law Libraries and get a library card, or if you are a Court employee, there is a simple online form that will generate a card for you.

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