Several companies provide complimentary access to their services and databases for students and faculty of schools of library and information science. Access is available to current iSchool students and faculty. Most vendors provide access throughout your student career, though it may be necessary to obtain new login information from time to time (this is the case with Dialog). Factiva and Westlaw provide accounts for a semester of instruction—not ongoing access.

Remember that there are a large number of databases available through the King Library—including several listed here. If you need the additional resources from the list below, contact Gina Lee for an account. Please include your name and student ID number in your note.

There are also a number of journals which offer direct access to archives online

Listed below is information about each of the services available to our students.

CALI | Dialog | Factiva Gale | LexisNexis | LibGuides | NoveList | OCLC |

Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

Students, faculty and staff have unlimited access to over 850 interactive lessons related to legal education. Lessons focus on legal topics but also include the following topics of interest to all LIS students:

Current students can use the iSchool Restricted Materials login to access further details.


CALI | Dialog | Factiva Gale | LexisNexis | LibGuides | OCLC |


Dialog accounts may be requested by instructors of 244, 245 and 220. Instructors will distribute passwords to students who have completed the Terms of Use Agreement.

Dialog's Terms of Use Agreement:

Passwords on Dialog accounts change each semester.


Factiva accounts are available to the students during the semester they are enrolled in a class where the instructor chooses to teach how to use the database.

Factiva login page:

Download Documentation:

There are many documents available in a PDF format that students may find useful. One of which is the Inside-Out Guide, the Advanced User Guide for

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All students and faculty also have access to Factiva through the SJSU Library's databases.


All students and faculty can access all of the Gale databases through this program co-sponsored by ALISE. Read more at

CALI | Dialog | Factiva Gale | LexisNexis | LibGuides | OCLC |


Nexis login page:

See this page of information:

Students generally receive a LexisNexis account when they take LIBR 244.

All students and faculty also have access to LexisNexis through the SJSU Library's databases.


Faculty members who wish to have their students create LibGuides pages should contact Gina Lee for information about accounts.


Students and faculty can access the following NoveList databases:

NoveList K-8:,uid&profile=novpk8

NoveList Plus:,uid&profile=novplus

The password is available to use these databases. (You will need the current SJSU iSchool restricted materials username and password to access the NoveList password page.) The password and/or User ID will be changed each semester.

OCLC - First Search

First Search login page:

The FirstSearch databases that OCLC produces (WorldCat in particular) are available without restriction, but the third party content (H.W. Wilson for example) is not.

Instructors who wish to use this resource in their courses should contact Gina Lee for login information.

CALI | Dialog | Factiva Gale | LexisNexis | LibGuides | OCLC |


ProQuest offers access to ProQuest Research Library, SIRS Researcher, Literature Online, Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA), as well as a number of other CSA Illumina databases in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Technology.

Instructors who wish to use this resource in their courses should contact Gina Lee for login information.

ProQuest - CSA home page:

ProQuest Library School Program page:


Susan Kendall, education librarian at SJSU King Library, recorded the following presentation about RefWorks:

Elluminate recording [47 minutes]RefWorks home page:

RefWorks bibliographic management software helps researchers gather, store and share citations and generate bibliographies in various formats. Access to RefWorks is available to currently enrolled iSchool students.

CALI | Dialog | Factiva Gale | LexisNexis | LibGuides | OCLC |

Web of Knowledge

To access Web of Knowledge.

The password is available to use these databases. (You will need the current iSchool username and password to access the password page.) The password and/or User ID will be changed each semester.

Visit for a complete listing of training materials. Of particular interest to library and information science faculty is our introductory citation indexing seminar available at that walks students through the history and benefits of citation indexing.


WestLaw is available to students in classes where the instructor is teaching the use of Westlaw.

First time use:

  • Go to the Thomson West Librarian Resource Center
  • Find the blue box titled "Westlaw in Library Schools" and follow the link below to activate your LIS password
  • Complete the registration wizard, entering your password when prompted to do so.
  • Once registered, this may take you to, Enter your new password and accept the terms of the user agreement.
  • Exit out of "lawschool" and go to

The student passwords are good for 4 months from the date of registration.

See these resources: