The law librarians are expert researchers and are happy to look for material you might need for a research project, discuss approaches and ideas for finding information on particular topics, or help you develop your own search strategies or identify good places to look. Please contact anyone staffing the Reference Desk or your particular faculty liaison with your questions.
We can assist with complex research projects in addition to answering some quicker questions (see the bottom of the page for examples of answers we've tracked down). Here are a few of the more complex questions we've researched for faculty:
University Libraries has created the Research Commons, a space on campus open only to faculty and graduate students, where you can schedule a consultation with experts from the Copyright Resources Center, Data Management, the Knowledge Bank, the Libraries Publishing Program, the Office of Research (including funding experts and the Office of Responsible Research Practices), and others on campus. The Research Commons also offers conference and project rooms, data visualization rooms, and classroom and colloquia space equipped with innovative technology to facilitate your scholarly endeavors.
We understand that it is often critical that you know the latest developments in your field. To help you stay current, we can assist you in the following ways:
Please contact your faculty liaison to discuss the best way we can help you keep current. If you'd like assistance managing the variety of emails, feeds, and other alerts you receive, please let us know.
The law library welcomes suggestions of books to purchase for our collection, particularly if they will assist in your scholarship and teaching. The books will become part of the law library collection, and they can be checked out to you on request.
If you'd like a personal copy of a book, we are happy to purchase those for you as well; such purchases will be made from your research budget and will be delivered to you on arrival at the law library.
Please send book order requests to your faculty liaison.
We provide a training session for all research assistants (RA) at the start of the summer. An email announcement is sent to all faculty with details about this session if you'd like your RA to attend.
We are also happy to meet one-on-one with RAs and provide more specialized training, or you are welcome to direct them to us for their specific questions. They are welcome to contact anyone staffing the Reference Desk or your particular faculty liaison.
You may authorize your RAs to check out books on your books on your behalf (and take advantage of your longer lending period). To do so, contact Kaylie Vermillion (firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide the name(s) of your RA(s).
The law library has created and maintains a series of research guides on a variety of topics. The guides may be useful to you as a starting point for your research, or you may consider referring your students or RAs to these.
The law library subscribes to dozens of research databases, which you can access on and off campus. The databases include legal content, historical collections, multi-disciplinary journal articles, and a wide range of topics including gender studies, business, and science. You can access all of these databases, and those the University Libraries subscribe to, here.
We answer a wide variety of queries from faculty---some are complex projects while others are simply hard-to-find answers. If you are curious about the kinds of things the law librarians can research for you, here is a sampling of some questions we've addressed in the past: