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Law Research Assistant Guide to the Law Library

This guide is designed to assist UC Law Research Assistants.

Table of Contents

I.  Home

A. Guide Overview

B. Reference & Liaison Services

C. Faculty Authorized Borrower Form

D. Special RA Library Privileges

E. Off-campus Access Options

F. Feedback on this Guide

II.  Decoding Abbreviations

III.  Finding Books

IV.  Finding Articles

V.  Finding Statutes

VI.  Legislative History & Bill Tracking

VII.   Administrative Law

VIII.  Citation Management

IX.  Grammar

XI.  Evaluating Sources

XII.  Research Guides

XIII.  Law Library Legal Research Tutorials

XIV.  Vendor Legal Research Tutorials

XV.  Non-Legal Research Tutorials

XVI.  Maps of the Law Library

Guide Overview

Congratulations! You’re now a research assistant for a UC Law faculty member.  This guide is intended to introduce you to the many ways that the Library can help you be a successful research assistant!

Reference & Liaison Services

To support faculty teaching and scholarship, each law faculty member has a library liaison. Adjunct law faculty should contact Susan Boland at or (513) 556-4407.  The library liaison will help facilitate the use of the many resources the Law Library has to offer.

The reference librarians can provide custom database training and research advice to faculty research assistants. Consulting with a reference librarian saves the RA’s time and ensures that faculty members receive quality research results.

To take advantage of this service, please contact a reference librarian to arrange a consultation.

Faculty Authorized Borrower Form for Research Assistants

Faculty Authorized Borrower Form

Faculty should use the authorization form below to allow research assistant to check out items under his/her library account. Students are responsible for any materials borrowed under their own account, even if is for a faculty member's research. If a faculty member returns something late, the student would be billed for the item.  Faculty also have greater borrowing privileges than students; therefore students should not check out materials for a faculty member under their student account. 

The faculty member is ultimately responsible for all materials charged to his or her account for the dates specified. If no time period is specified on the authorization form, the authorized borrowing privileges will be issued for one semester only. The maximum authorization period is one year at a time. All of the authorizing faculty member’s privileges and restrictions will apply to books borrowed on their behalf. Authorized borrowers should present materials at the checkout desk and specify that they are to be charged out to the appropriate authorizing faculty member. Any notices of overdue or recalled materials will be sent to the faculty member.

You may also fill out and submit the Faculty Authorized Borrower form available on the Law Library’s web page at

Special RA Library Privileges

The Law Library offers a services to law faculty research assistants designed to extend privileges that are not normally available to students. 

These services include proxy borrowing for faculty and copy/print cards for the Law Library. 

Faculty should contact the Associate Director of Research & Instructional Services, Susan Boland, to set up these services for their research assistants.

Off Campus Access

UC Access Only

Preferred login for UC. First time users must download the VPN software. Login using your 6+2 and Central Login password.

New: On August 11, 2014, the SSL VPN will be modified to so that the Junos Pulse client is presented for download.  Junos Pulse will become the default SSL VPN client for new SSL VPN users.  If you already have the “Network Connect” client installed you will still be able to connect using the “Network Connect” client.

If you don't have VPN software on your computer, use this to login with your UC or affiliate ID.

Troubleshooting Tips
Call UCIT's Help Desk: 556-4357

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