Research and General Reference | Customized Desktops | Research Databases | Current Awareness |Working Papers| Database Training | Research Assistants| Book Purchases | Library Materials & ILL | Document Delivery | Faculty Publications | New Books | Bibliographies |Routing
Research & Scholarship Support
Support for faculty research and scholarship is at the heart of Law Library service to the faculty. Law Library staff provide that support in a number of ways:
Research and General Reference- faculty can request research assistance in several ways: by contacting the refdesk email account; using the research request form provided on the library’s faculty page; by contacting Maureen Garmon (621-2841) or by stopping by in person to Room 406. Additionally, Sarah Gotschall (621-8924) is the librarian assigned to the Environmental Law and Policy faculty group. Environmental law faculty should contact her directly for research assistance. The Law Library has also enhanced its research capacity with the addition of several Library Fellows—JDs pursuing a library degree at the University of Arizona who work part time in the Law Library to gain experience in a variety of library service areas. Fellows are assigned project work and supervised by librarians. A complete listing of library staff, including librarians and their areas of expertise is here.
Creation of Customized Desktops- librarians will create customized desktop web pages 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. Contact Maureen Garmon.
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 The Making of Modern Law, U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, Hein Online journals, treaties, statutes and other government documents, Foreign and International Law Resources Database, International Law in Domestic Courts, and EcoAmericas to name just a few. All of these are included on the Faculty Research Databases page. Any of these can also be added to your customized desktop (above).
Current Awareness- the library offers a number of general and topic-specific current awareness services (e.g. CILP and SmartCILP, BNA materials, ELR News & Analysis, and SSRN/LSN abstracting journals) to help faculty stay abreast of new developments in their areas of research. 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. Contact Maureen Garmon for more information.
Working Papers/Technical Support for Scholarship- Leah Sandwell-Weiss (621-3140) is the librarian to contact for assistance with posting your scholarship to SSRN/LSN and with any questions about those databases. She is also the person responsible for updating your faculty publications and bio pages. Contact her with any updates to your publications, presentations, works in progress, or bio changes.
Database Training- 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.
Student Research Assistants- 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 grad student) RAs in your research and 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.
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. Books purchased through the allotment program are housed in your office and are yours to keep for as long as you remain a College of Law employee. Add onine book sources here? soogle scholar, google books, internetarchives, nat’l academies
Library Materials and 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, Sabio. We also use interlibrary loan ( ILL) for materials that you request and which are not owned locally. To request a book , 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/fine trouble. Contact Deborah Beaumont with questions regarding all 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. Article reprints should be sent to Cataloging Librarian Astrid Norvelle. Astrid also serves as the College of Law archivist, adding to the college archives newspaper articles, photographs and the like.
New Books List- a bi-weely list of library acquisitions is sent to all faculty when updated. Feel free to request any of these materials be routed to you. The latest list is here. 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. For example, the new Torts Titles list offers newly-published titles in the torts law area
Specialized Bibliographies - in addition to the list of new library acquisitions that is sent to all faculty on a bi-weekly basis, librarians will create bibliographies on specific topics at your request. Email refdesk or use the faculty research request form.
Routing of Materials - you may request that print journals, newsletters, etc. be routed to you. Contact Vanessa Guess- Johnson in Technical Services for this service.
Page Updated: Apr 16 2010