Research & General Reference
Faculty can request research assistance or inquire about any of the services described below by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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, Bloomberg/BNA highlights, Law 360 and SSRN/LSN abstracting journals).
In addition to these services, the library has site licenses to the New York Times and the Financial Times as well as single-user access to the National Law Journal. For information on how to subscribe to NYt or FT, or to obtain login credentials to the NLJ, please contact Maureen Garmon.
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 part-time while pursuing a graduate degree in library science. All fellows’ research projects are assigned and supervised by librarians. Generally, the fellows are assigned short-term research projects only, for example, projects which allow them to explore both legal and non-legal databases they will encounter in their future employment at other law libraries. More time-consuming projects such as data-entry, cite-checking, and empirical research are examples of projects that are generally beyond the scope of the fellows in their limited time here (and usually outside the scope of the Law Library generally but it never hurts to ask!).
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 or to request an item be purchased from your faculty allotment, click here.
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. Be sure to request ILL materials directly from the Law Library rather than using the links embedded within the catalog records. To request a book, please contact Dan O'Connor or Timothy Blackburn at the Circulation Desk or 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 Dan O'Connor or Timothy Blackburn at the Circulation Desk with questions regarding Main Library policies.
The library will place requested books and other items in your faculty mailbox. Articles will be sent by email as attached pdfs unless you specifically request a print version.
Publications Display Case
The law library displays recent law faculty scholarship (article reprints and books) in a publications display case in 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 Travis Spence.
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 list of new library acquisitions that is sent to all faculty on a monthly basis, librarians can create annotated bibliographies on specific topics at your request.
Routing of Materials
The Law Library's active collecting of print journals and newspapers has decreased in recent years due to online availability but if you would like to receive a specific title in print and are not sure if we hold it in the collection, just ask and if we have it, we'll route it 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.
- Aspen Publishers/Wolters Kluwer- you will be required to set up an account here in order to request a review copy.
800-950-5259 (Legal Education) WK also has these teaching aids free for downloading. Finally, the Law Library has many Aspen/WK treatises available here (click on Subscribed Content A-Z for a list of titles, including Aspen titles).
- West Academic / Foundation Press- Professors should set up an account on the West Academic page. Once logged into your account, search for a specific title and then select either Request Print Copy or View Digital Copy. Note that if you already have an account on the West Academic Law School Exchange site you may use that same login to set up the West Academic/Professors site account.
West Account Managers: 800-313-9378
- LexisNexis Digital Library — LexisNexis has ceased offering print copies for review and instead offers digital copies through the LexisNexis Digital Library. Options are to view the book online or to download to your computer or mobile device e-reader (after installing software such as Adobe Digital Editions). Loan period is either 28 or 60 days depending on the type of material. After that time the book is automatically deleted unless renewed. You must register for an account. Note that your Lexis Advance login credentials will not work to access the LexisNexis Digital Library.
- Carolina Academic Press
Titles by Subject — View a specific title to access the faculty complimentary request form via a link at the bottom of title description. Supplements are free to view or download.
- Oxford University Press
Titles by discipline — View a specific title and select the "Request Examination Copy link"; titles without link may not be available.
- Cambridge University Press
Titles by Subject — View a specific title and select the "Request Examination Copy link"; titles without link may not be available.
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 Dan O'Connor at the Circulation Desk to add items to the temporary reserve collection. To view items you currently have on the Course Reserve list, please click here.
The Law Library has created 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. To view a list of exams you currently 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, pleasecontact Maureen Garmon or click here.
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.