Faculty Services

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Research & General Reference

Faculty can request research assistance or inquire about any of the services described below by emailing RefDesk, by using the research request form, or by contacting Maureen Garmon (621-2841, Room 123).

Web Research Portal

Librarians can create customized research web portals designed to include the research tools and news sources you use most. You choose the sources, and we'll design a custom desktop which will be accessible from your office, home or other remote location.

Research Databases

In addition to the many multidisciplinary databases available to us from UA Main Library, the Law Library has consistently added to its own print collections with important online materials, such as:

All of these, and more, are included in the Research Databases list. Any of these can also be added to your customized web research portal (see above).

We can provide individualized orientation and training on specialized databases at your request. We can also set up one-on-one sessions with the Westlaw and Lexis academic reps if you want to refresh your skills in those databases.

Current Awareness

The library offers a number of general and topic-specific current awareness services to help faculty stay abreast of new developments in their areas of research (e.g. CILP and SmartCILP, BNA materials, ELR News & Analysis, and SSRN/LSN abstracting journals).

In addition to these services, the library routinely forwards the daily US Supreme Court decisions from Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII) to all faculty, as well as various new reports from government and other agencies to faculty members based on areas of scholarly interest.

If you have interests in areas that you would like us to monitor for you, just ask—we can check sources for you on a regular basis and send along the results (e.g. GAO and other government agency reports). In addition, Westlaw and Lexis offer monitoring services. We can help you structure these alerts for email delivery on a weekly, monthly or other delivery timeframe.

Working Papers & Scholarship

Contact Leah Sandwell-Weiss (621-3140, Room 115) for assistance with posting your scholarship to SSRN/LSN, questions about SSRN/LSN, or to update your faculty publications and bio page.

Student Research Assistants & Law Library Fellows

We can, and often do, work closely with your research assistants. We encourage you to let us know when you are using law student (or graduate student) RAs in your research. We also recommend that you send those students to us for an initial visit to discuss research strategies and suggest resources they may not be aware of, thereby making them more efficient researchers for you.

The Law Library also employs several Law Library Fellows who may assist with your research needs. Fellows hold JDs and work at the law library while pursuing a graduate degree in library science. All fellows research projects are supervised by librarians.

Book Purchases

The library tailors much of its current collection development to expressed or perceived faculty need and interest, but will also purchase materials at the specific request of a faculty member. To make a suggestion for a general library purchase, click here. You may also request a book purchase using funds from your faculty allotment.

Circulation & Interlibrary Loan

Library staff routinely retrieve and return materials from main campus libraries on your behalf, and the Law Library's holdings are included in the campus-wide online library catalog. We also use interlibrary loan (ILL) for materials that you request and which are not owned locally. To request a book, please use the book request form.

Note: When you receive automated notices from UA Main Library regarding items that are due or about to be overdue, or that are being held for you, please forward them to us as quickly as possible so that we can act on them before you wind up in fee trouble. Contact Bryan Wilson (621-7638, Room 107A) with questions regarding Main Library policies.

Document Delivery

Requested articles and other materials are delivered to your faculty mailboxes and, whenever possible, an electronic version is sent directly to your email account as well.

Publications Display Case

The law library displays recent law faculty scholarship (article reprints and books) in a publications display case just outside the library. We encourage you to send two copies of each article reprint to the library so that we can add them to the display case and to our Special Collections. We also purchase copies of faculty-authored texts for the display case and Special Collections. Please send article reprints to Bill Ascarza (Room 49, 621-5488).

New Books List

A monthly list of new library acquisitions is sent to all faculty. Feel free to request that any of these materials be routed to you. In addition to the regular New Books List, librarians will provide subject-oriented lists to meet the needs of individual faculty members or faculty groups upon request. 

Specialized Bibliographies

In addition to the list of new library acquisitions that is sent to all faculty on a monthly, librarians will create bibliographies on specific topics at your request.

Routing of Materials

You may request that print journals, newsletters, or other library resources be routed to you.

Classroom Presentations on Legal Research

Librarians will provide tailored classroom presentations at the request of faculty. Presentations may focus on the course research pages, resources for selecting paper topics, and other subjects as requested.

Complimentary Copies of Course Textbooks

Faculty members may request their own complimentary copies of materials under consideration for course use. A handful of legal publishers who offer faculty copies free of charge are listed below, along with their contact information. Note that policies differ among publishers: in some cases, the faculty member must use the text in the course in order to receive the complimentary copy.

Faculty members are encouraged to try obtaining free copies for review before requesting office copies be purchased by the Law Library.If you have questions or problems regarding contacting these sources, or if you have suggestions for publishers we have not included, please contact us.

Course Reserves

In addition to the permanent Course Reserves collection, the Law Library maintains a temporary reserve shelf consisting of faculty-owned photocopied cases, articles, etc., as well as faculty-owned copies of books to be used by their students during a particular semester. The Law Library assumes that photocopied materials meet federal copyright law guidelines.

These items will be returned to you at the end of the semester or tossed at your request. Contact Bryan Wilson (621-7638, Room 107A) to add items to the temporary reserve collection. To view items you currently have on the Course Reserve list, please click here.

Sample Exams

The library maintains an online, password-protected database of past faculty exams for students to access remotely. Faculty members may choose to contribute past exams to this database. Paper copies of exams and sample questions/answers are also available at the Circulation desk.

To view a list of exams you have online, go to the Sample Exams page and select your name. If you would to like to make your course exams available to students, please click here.

Additional Services

The Law Library provides additional services to support the College of Law faculty's instructional needs. Contact us for further assistance, including help in gathering information regarding legal textbooks, videos, etc., to be used in your classes.