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Library Services for Law Faculty

The staff of the Legal Research Center is available to help you with a variety of research and teaching-related tasks, detailed below. For general questions, we can be reached by phone at 215.571.4772, email at lawlib@drexel.edu, or you can stop by the Circulation desk during our staffed hours.

Faculty Liaison Program

Instructional Support

Research Support
Publication Support

    Faculty Liaison Program

    Every faculty member is assigned a Research & Instructional Services (RIS) Librarian as a library liaison. Each RIS librarian has a JD and a Masters of Library Science degree with extensive research experience. The liaison can answer any questions about LRC services or the LRC collection.

    If you need the contact information for your faculty liaison, log onto DragonNet or contact Becka Rich (rar355@drexel.edu; 215.571.4770).

    Please contact your liaison for assistance with any of the following:

    • Research Assistance: Research & Instructional Services Librarians are available to work on faculty research projects, such as writing research memos, drafting annotated bibliographies, compiling evidence on specific legal issues, verifying footnotes, and tracking down obscure sources.
    • Class Presentations: Your liaison and other RIS Librarians are available to give presentations on legal research topics in School of Law classes.
    • Current Awareness Services: Your liaison can set up access to the following current awareness services:
      • 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.
      • Lexis/Westlaw auto searches: Sets up automatic searches for articles, cases, etc.
    • Database Training & Support:The LRC provides training and support for faculty members and research assistants on using Westlaw, Lexis, and all of the other legal databases we provide, including the ones listed below:
      • Aspen Learning Library
      • CALI
      • Fastcase
      • HeinOnline
      • JSTOR
      • Law.com
      • Making of Modern Law
      • ProQuest Congressional
      • VitalLaw
    • Desk Copies of Course Books: Please contact your liaison or lawlib@drexel.edu to request desk or examination copies of textbooks and casebooks from publishers.
    • LibGuides: The LRC maintains online research guides on a variety on legal subjects. Your liaison can work with you to create customized resource guides to support your courses.
    • PowerNotes: PowerNotes is a web application that assists with online research, including gathering and keeping track of source materials, staying organized, and creating research outlines. The LRC makes PowerNotes available to law students, faculty, and staff. Your liaison can assist you in setting up and using PowerNotes.
    • Procertas: Procertas is a training program designed to teach students basic skills in the Microsoft Office products suite. Your faculty liaison can assist you in trying out Procertas or assigning lessons from it to your students.
    • Research Assistant Training & Support: RIS Librarians are available to train and otherwise work with faculty research fellows on research projects.

    Instructional Support

    • Blackboard LEARN Support: For training and support using Blackboard LEARN, contact lawblackboard@drexel.edu.
    • Course Reserves: The LRC will place items on course reserves for School of Law classes. Please direct all inquiries regarding course reserves to Margaret DeFelice (mpd86@drexel.edu; 215.571.4724).
    • 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 (lhs27@drexel.edu; 215.571.4774).

    Research Support

    • Ask a Law Librarian: The LRC operates an online Ask a Law Librarian chat service that can be contacted for immediate, quick research inquiries. It is typically staffed Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.  Please contact your liaison for more involved research projects.
    • 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 Dave Haendler (dmh397@drexel.edu; 215.571.4776).
    • Document Delivery: The LRC will help faculty members obtain books, articles, and other materials needed for research purposes. If the material is 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 Margaret DeFelice (mpd86@drexel.edu; 215.571.4724).
    • Proxy Borrowing: Faculty assistants will be able to borrow library materials for faculty pursuant to our Faculty Assistant’s Policy.
    • Westlaw/Lexis Access: If you need assistance accessing your Westlaw or Lexis account, please contact Lindsay Steussy (lhs27@drexel.edu; 215.571.4774).

    Publication Support

    • BePress: BePress is an electronic repository for Kline School of Law's scholarly papers. Please contact Lindsay Steussy (lhs27@drexel.edu; 215.571.4774) for assistance posting your in-progress or recently published works on BePress.
    • Faculty Lounge Publications: The LRC routes selected print publications to the faculty lounge for faculty use. Please direct any requests for Faculty Lounge publications to Jessica Hsin-Wilson (jh585@drexel.edu; 215.571.4796).
    • Faculty News and Updates: The LRC circulates weekly faculty updates regarding recent news and publications from the Kline Law community, as well as recent developments in legal academia. If you have any recent publications, media appearances, or other news that you would like to share with the rest of the faculty, please contact Chava Spivak-Birndorf (cys28@drexel.edu; 215.571.4781).
    • 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 Library Operations (lawlib@drexel.edu; 215.571.4772).
    • Perma.cc: The LRC is a registrar for Perma.cc, an archival tool that lets you create permanent records of websites to use in your citations. Sponsored users can create 10 free personal links (stored in your personal account and visible only to you) and unlimited sponsored links (stored in our registrar account). Please contact Chava Spivak-Birndorf (cys28@drexel.edu) if you would like an account or have questions about the tool. 
    • SSRN: SSRN is an electronic repository for scholarly papers. Please contact Lindsay Steussy (lhs27@drexel.edu; 215.571.4777) for assistance posting your in-progress or recently published works on SSRN.