Research & General Reference
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 a site license to the New York Times as well as single-user access to the National Law Journal. For information on how to subscribe to NYT or to obtain login credentials to the NLJ, please contact Cynthia Condit.
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 Jaime Valenzuela for assistance with posting your scholarship to SSRN/LSN, questions about SSRN/LSN, or to update your faculty publications.
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!).
Book Purchases and DVDs/Streaming to Classrooms
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, please submit a request to email@example.com
The Law Library doesn't actively collect videos or streaming content for classroom use but does try to obtain hard copies of DVDs/videos requested by law faculty for such use when the item is not too expensive and when the material can be physically held in the library.
For content that is only available in digital format-where there is no physical item for the library to add to its collection- faculty members should consider using their faculty allotment to purchase it and ask Law IT to add the item to Panopto, the University screening platform, so that it can be delivered to the classroom. (For more on the University of Arizona Main Library's streaming policies, see here.)
We've had a few queries regarding streaming of Netflix content to classrooms. Since Netflix does not offer institutional subscriptions, a professor would have to use his/her own personal Netflix subscription to share content in the classroom, a use currently prohibited under individual licensing. However, Netflix does have a limited educational use policy for certain Netflix Original documentaries. Permitted titles are ones that contain the words "GRANT OF PERMISSION FOR EDUCATIONAL SCREENINGS" in their descriptions. This list includes those titles (in addition to some others that are not permitted under educational policy. To be sure, click on the film title and look at the description on the left of the page to see if the permission language is included).
And as of April 2020, Netflix has offered a selection of their documentaries available for free on the Netflix Youtube Channel. Each of these films include a link to educational resources for both student and teacher.
Here is the Netflix educational use policy: https://help.netflix.com/en/node/57695
Briefly, it states:
"Consequently, we will permit one-time educational screenings - "one-time screening" means that you can't hold screenings several times in one day or one week, but if, for example, you're an educator who wants to show the film once a semester over multiple semesters, that's okay. Educational screenings are permitted for any of the documentaries noted with this information, on the following terms:
- The documentary may only be accessed via the Netflix service, by a Netflix account holder. We don’t sell DVDs, nor can we provide other ways for you to exhibit the film.
- The screening must be non-profit and non-commercial. That means you can’t charge admission, or solicit donations, or accept advertising or commercial sponsorships in connection with the screening.
- Please don’t use Netflix’s logos in any promotion for the screening, or do anything else that indicates that the screening is “official” or endorsed by Netflix.
- We trust our users to respect these guidelines, which are intended to help you share and discuss our documentary content in your community."
If you have any questions about the above please contact the Law Library.
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 search page. 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 the Circulation Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If you receive an automated notice from UA Main Library regarding items that are overdue, recalled, or that are being held for you, please contact us for assistance at email@example.com or 626-8023.
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 Special Collections. Please send article reprints to Jaime Valenzuela.
The library provides access to a some Aspen legal titles via the Wolters Kluwer Cheetah platform.
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 Timothy Blackburn at the Circulation Desk to add items to the temporary reserve collection.
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 the Law Student Intranet and click on Documents-->Library-->Sample Exams and select your name. If you would to like to make your course exams available to students, please contact Cynthia Condit.
The Law Library provides additional services to support the College of Law faculty's instructional needs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance, including help in gathering information regarding legal textbooks, videos, etc., to be used in your classes.