Research Support

Library Liaisons

Under the library's liaison program, each faculty member and each course is assigned a research librarian who can help with requests for research or materials in support of teaching and scholarship. This help ranges from database searching, tracking down esoteric materials, handling in-depth research projects, setting up current awareness alerts, and working with faculty research assistants. Training can include orientation to LexisNexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, and/or other electronic databases.


Research Assistants

The library liaisons strongly encourage training of newly-hired faculty research assistants, and offer a group training session for faculty RAs at the beginning of the summer. With the permission of the faculty member, research assistants may borrow books in the name of the faculty member and will be assigned a code which they can use to make copies of library materials for work-related purposes. Forms are available at the User Services Desk for authorization of any of these privileges. Research assistants are welcome to contact the faculty liaisons for help with library-related questions.


Empirical Research Analysis

Faculty liaisons can assist faculty members who want to integrate empirical legal research in their legal scholarship by helping them acquire datasets.  Available sources for datasets include the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Wharton Research Data Services, ProQuest Statistical, Statistical Abstract of the U.S., and other dataverses (large, general collections of data).  The law school also provides licensed access to Stata for data analysis, contact the Office of Information Technology for more details.  At this time, faculty liaisons cannot assist faculty members with developing research proposals or performing statistical analyses.


Current Awareness Services

E-mail notification for the tables of contents of specific journals, or about articles in specific legal and non-legal subjects can be arranged. Your faculty liaison will help you customize your requirements and select the service.


Borrowing Books and Finding Articles

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library contains over 400,000 volumes of Anglo-American legal materials as well as outstanding international and foreign law collections.  You may search for articles and books using the library catalog.  Faculty liaisons assist with locating and acquiring materials for faculty members, and facilitate the delivery of items to faculty offices.

If you need an item you don’t see in our catalog or want an article you can’t find, we usually can obtain it for you from another library.  Contact your faculty liaison or Teresa White to request materials.


Research Tools