Services for Law Faculty
The Research & Instructional Services Librarians at the Legal Research Center are available to help you with a variety of research-related tasks. All of our Research & Instructional Services Librarians have both law and library degrees and are happy to assist you with things such as Research Support, Instructional Support, Faculty Scholarship, and Current Awareness.
We can be reached by phone at 215.571.4771 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can stop by the reference desk. Research & Instructional Services Librarians are generally available during business hours Monday through Friday with extended night and weekend hours during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Please contact your library liaison if you would like to make use of any of these services. If you have any general questions about how the Research & Instructional Services Librarians can assist you, please contact Mark Bernstein, Director of the Legal Research Center and Professor of Law, at email@example.com or 215.571.4770.
Bibliographies: The Research & Instructional Services Librarians are available to draft annotated bibliographies on any research topic.
Collection Development: The LRC will add materials to its collection that support faculty members’ research interests. If you have any suggestions for additions to the collection, please contact your library liaison.
Database Training: The LRC provides training for faculty members and research assistants on individual databases.
Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow: During the Fall and Spring semesters, the LRC hires a student to serve as the Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow and work on faculty research projects. The Faculty Research Fellow’s work is directed by the Head of Research & Instructional Services.
Faculty Research Support: Research & Instructional Services Librarians and the Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow are available to work on faculty research projects.
Library Liaison Program: Every faculty member is assigned a Research & Instructional Services Librarian as a library liaison. The liaison can answer any questions about LRC services or the LRC collection. If you need the contact information for your faculty liaison, contact Mark Bernstein, Director of the Legal Research Center and Professor of Law, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.571.4770.
Proxy Borrowing: Faculty assistants will be able to borrow library materials for faculty pursuant to our Faculty Assistant’s Policy.
Research Assistant Training & Support: The Research & Instructional Services Librarians are available to train and otherwise work with faculty research fellows on research projects.
Document Delivery: The LRC will help faculty members obtain books, articles, and other materials needed for research purposes. If the material is the in the LRC collection, it will be checked out, delivered, and (upon request) renewed for the faculty members. If the materials are not in the LRC collection, we will try to acquire the materials through interlibrary loan or document delivery. Please direct all inquiries regarding interlibrary loan to Urooj Nizami at 215.571.4724.
Instructional / Teaching Support
Course Reserves: The LRC will place items on course reserves for School of Law classes. Please direct all inquiries regarding course reserves to Urooj Nizami at 215.571.4724.
Desk Copies of Course Books: The LRC will request desk or examination copies of textbooks and casebooks from publishers for faculty members. Please submit requests to Joan Mazuchowski, Head of Collection Services.
Legal Research Presentations: Research and Instructional Services Librarians are available to give presentations on legal research topics in School of Law classes.
Past Exams Database: The LRC maintains an electronic database of past School of Law exams. For more information, or if you would like to submit an old exam for publication, please contact Lindsay Steussy, Research and Instructional Services Librarian.
TWEN: The LRC provides faculty members with training and support on TWEN (The West Education Network). Please direct all inquiries regarding TWEN to LawTech.
Publishing Support / Faculty Scholarship
BePress: BePress is an electronic repository for scholarly papers covering various subject areas. Please direct all inquiries regarding BePress to Peter Egler, Research and Instructional Services Librarian.
SSRN: SSRN is a database of scholarly papers covering all areas of social science. Faculty members can sign up to receive the Legal Scholarship Network’s electronic newsletter. Please direct all inquiries regarding SSRN to Peter Egler, Research and Instructional Services Librarian.
Current Awareness / Routing Services
Faculty Lounge Publications: The LRC routes selected print publications to the faculty lounge for faculty use.
Routing of Electronic Periodicals: The LRC subscribes to several periodicals that can be distributed electronically to faculty members, including (1) Current Index to Legal Periodicals and (2) Supreme Court Preview.
Routing of Print Periodicals: The LRC will route any print journal in the LRC’s collection to faculty members. Faculty members should contact their library liaison for a complete list of LRC print journal titles available for routing.
Specific Services: The LRC provides faculty with access to various current awareness services, including:
- Bloomberg BNA newsletters: Provides analysis, news, practice tools, and guidance in a variety of practice areas, including tax, bankruptcy, corporate and business law, and securities;
- SmartCILP: Provides automated email alerts of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals. Subscribers can limit by subject and/or journal to create a personalized alert system;
- SSRN eJournals: Provides access to SSRN's Legal Scholarship Network Subject Matter eJournals; and
- Lexis/Westlaw auto searches: Provides ability to set up automatic searches for articles, cases, etc.
Faculty Publications Display: The LRC maintains the faculty publication display on the second floor. If you would like to add something to the display, please contact email@example.com.
New Books: The LRC notifies faculty members when it receives titles that may be of interest to faculty members. Suggestions for new books to add to the LRC's collection can be submitted to the faculty liaisons.
New Book List: The LRC distributes to faculty members a monthly list of new print titles purchased by the LRC.
Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg Access: If you need assistance accessing your Westlaw, Lexis, or Bloomberg account, please contact John Cannan, Research & Instructional Services Librarian.
Information for Adjuncts
Adjunct faculty interested in any of the above services should contact Mark Bernstein, Director of the Legal Research Center, or any of the contacts listed under specific services.