Law Library Services for Research Assistants

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Law Library Services for Research Assistants

Ask A Librarian E-mail Service

Whether on- or off-campus, get help finding answers to your questions and identifying relevant resources via e-mail: askus@nd.edu

Locating Library Materials

Kresge Law Library

  • Search encore. The catalog will clearly identify where a title is in the Stacks.
  • Retrieve materials located in the Stacks yourself. See Location of Materials.

Hesburgh Libraries

  • Search CatalogPlus.
  • Retrieve materials located in Hesburgh Libraries (the main library and its branches) yourself.

Ask a Circulation Desk attendant or research librarian for help if you have any problems locating materials.

Borrowing & Copying Library Materials

Kresge Law Library

  • Borrowing: If the professor intends to keep the material(s) in his/her office for some time then inform the Circulation Attendent that you are a research assistant and ask to check out the library material(s) in the professor’s name. If the material(s) will not be in the professor’s office, check out the material(s) in your name.
  • Copying: Speak with your professor’s administrative assistant for information regarding copying.

Hesburgh Libraries

  • Borrowing: If the professor intends to keep the material(s) in his/her office for some time, pick up your professor’s proxy card at the Circulation Desk. Be sure to return the proxy card to the Law Library Circulation Desk the same day. If the material(s) will not be in the professor’s office, check out the material(s) in your name.
  • Copying: Copy cards for use at Hesburgh Libraries are available at the Law Library Circulation Desk and must be returned the same day.

Carrels

Study carrels in the law library are available to research assistants during the academic year through the carrel lottery system and during the summer on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Research Services Assistant, Beth Klein, via e-mail at bklein@nd.edu.

Cite Checking

Use the Cite Checker Resources page to quickly locate frequently cited primary and secondary sources—-particularly those available as PDF documents.

Use the Bluebook Samples page to meet your everyday citation needs.

Faxing and Phone Use

Speak with your professor’s administrative assistant for information regarding faxing and using University phones.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not available in the Kresge Law Library or Hesburgh Libraries may be requested via interlibrary loan.

Obtaining Court Documents

Supreme Court Cases from 1832–1978
The Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs database includes nearly 11 million pages of records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court during the final years of Chief Justice John Marshall’s Court through the first ten years of the Warren Court. It contains scanned images, so documents appear just as they do in the printed sources. Full-text searching is available and all documents for a particular case can be retrieved with the United States Reports citation.

Docket Databases
“Dockets” databases are available for state and federal cases on Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and WestlawNext.

Dockets for Decided Cases
Some state and federal cases on Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and WestlawNext have links to docket sheets.

Many of the underlying documents (complaint, indictment, petition for bankruptcy, motions, briefs, orders, etc.) for cases from the late 1990s–present* are available in the “Filings” tab on WestlawNext and in the “Related Court Materials” link on Lexis Advance.

Bloomberg Law, however, provides access to all available court documents for a case through direct links from the case’s docket sheet.

*Additionally, many earlier state appellate court filings are archived on microfiche or microfilm and can be obtained through interlibrary loan from the state archives or state library.

Dockets for Pending Cases
All Federal court documents available on PACER (approximately all documents filed in the federal courts from 2006–present) are also available in the “Dockets” database on Bloomberg Law. Many state court documents are available too. However, for states without an electronic case filing system, many court documents must be obtained directly from the court.

For assistance retrieving court documents not available on Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, or WestlawNext, see “Research Help” below.


Printing & Scanning Documents

For assistance with printing or scanning, please speak with the student assistant on duty in the Computing Lab or Eric McCartney, Student Computing Manager, located in 3350 Biolchini Hall of Law.

An overhead scanner for books or documents is available in room 2317. Files from the scanner can be e-mailed or saved to a flash drive. For assistance with this scanner, please see the Circulation Desk attendant.

The Xerox machine on the second floor of the Law Library will also scan to e-mail.


Research Help

The research librarians are here to help you. Drop by their offices or contact them by phone, e-mail, or through askus@nd.edu.

Trezlen Drake, 2307 Biolchini Hall, 631.5996, Trezlen.D.Drake.16@nd.edu
Dwight King, 2303 Biolchini Hall of Law, 631-5993, dking@nd.edu
Chris O’Byrne, 2309 Biolchini Hall of Law, 631-5664, cobyrne@nd.edu
Warren Rees, 2307 Biolchini Hall of Law, 631-4436, wrees@nd.edu