Research Support

One of the Law Library’s highest priorities is providing exceptional research support for the curricular and scholarly needs of our regular and visiting law school faculty members. The Library also assists emeriti and affiliated faculty members with research to the extent that assistance does not impede the Library’s ability to support our regular faculty members. For more information, see our PDF iconResearch Support Provided to University of Minnesota Law Faculty Policy and/or contact Connie Lenz (lenzx009@umn.edu; 625-4301) to discuss ways in which the Law Library can best provide assistance.

Reference Service

Law School faculty members are given the highest priority by our reference librarians. We try to respond to faculty requests immediately. If lengthy research is required, you will be contacted promptly with an estimate of the amount of time this research will take.

Reference Office Contact: 625-4309; law-ref@umn.edu, Chat Reference.
Voice & email are frequently checked during reference office hours.

Feel free to contact any of our reference librarians directly if you would like their assistance:

 

LIBRA (Library Research Assistance)

The LIBRA research service provides research support to law school faculty. This service is staffed by law student research assistants working under the direction of a reference librarian. LIBRA undertakes a wide range of research projects such as literature searches, bibliographies, legislative histories, cite checks, database searches, statistical reports. To request this service contact:

Connie Lenz: 625-4301, lenzx009@umn.edu or Scott Dewey: 625-0187, shdewey@umn.edu

Faculty RA Assistance and Training

Our reference librarians are available to consult with faculty research assistants. To utilize this service, please refer your RA to a member of the reference staff or to the reference office to arrange a consultation. A formal orientation is offered for faculty RAs once a year. You can arrange to allow your RA to borrow items from the law library and other libraries on campus by downloading and completing the PDF iconApplication for Proxy Borrowing Privileges form.

Bloomberg, Lexis & Westlaw Access

The Law Library provides access for Law School faculty members to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance and Westlaw. Contact Vicente Garces, 624- 2597, garce003@umn.edu or the Reference Office (law-ref@umn.edu, 625-4309) to register for access.

New Books List & Current Awareness/Alert Services

The Law Library posts a selective monthly list of new books and other items acquired in the previous month.  Librarians can also arrange for you to receive current awareness services that are tailored to your interests. Some of the more popular services of general interest are listed below. To identify the best means for you to keep current, please contact Connie Lenz at 625-4301 or lenzx009@umn.edu.

PDF iconMonthly New Books List 

Faculty members may request delivery of this monthly list via email attachment or in hard copy by contacting the library’s ASAP service at 625-9534 or x-asap@umn.edu.

Routing Service

The Law Library will route current issues of periodicals and other serials to your office. To add your name to the routing list for a specific title, please contact David Zopfi-Jordan at 625-1513 or  x-asap@umn.edu.

Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) 

This weekly service indexes 500+ legal periodicals into over 100 subject headings. In addition to the subject index, it lists the table of contents for each new journal issue covered. Weekly issues archived back to 1999 may be browsed or downloaded.

SmartCILP 

This weekly electronic service selectively lists articles indexed in Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) according to your subject interests. The Law Library will submit a profile for you listing the subject headings and/or the periodicals that you wish to track. Based on this profile, you will receive weekly email updates listing the new articles that are of interest to you. To request this service, please contact Connie Lenz  (lenzx009@umn.edu).

Legal Scholarship Network 

This service offers separate electronic “journals” with abstracts of working papers and articles on various legal topics. The Law Library will assist you in becoming a subscriber to the journals in your areas of interest, after which you will receive new issues of the journals via email.

Berkeley Electronic Press Legal Repository

Bepress Legal Repository contains working papers and pre-prints from legal scholars and professionals. In addition, the bepress Legal Repository includes articles from bepress’ roster of peer-reviewed journals and dissertations from top law programs.  Bepress also offers an alert service called bealerts to help you track newly published content tailored to your interests.

Database Alerts (Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, Westlaw) 

Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance and Westlaw offer an alerts feature that allows you to track the development of issues by running predefined searches in databases and on a schedule that you choose. Our reference librarians can help formulate and set up searches to run according to your needs and interests. Results can be delivered to you electronically or in hard copy.

Off-Campus Access to Electronic Resources

The library guide, Off-Campus Access to Electronic Resources, provides information on locating and logging into resources, as well as creating links that connect to our server successfully. Information on using additional tools to facilitate access to library resources from off-campus locations is also included.

Assistance in Visiting Other Libraries

The Law Library participates in the Research Libraries Group Shares Program. This program entitles you to visit the collections and use the services of many other research libraries. Please contact Connie Lenz (lenzx@umn.edu) to arrange access to libraries in the United States and overseas.

Promotion of Faculty Scholarship & Law School Archives
(scholarship repository, SSRN, publication displays)

The Law Library offers services to assist faculty members in promoting their scholarship:

  • The University of Minnesota Law School Scholarship Repository provides full-text, open access to Law School faculty publications. When permitted by publication agreements and with express permission from the faculty member, the Repository hosts the published versions of scholarly articles authored by the Law faculty during their tenure at the Law School. For information about adding your work to the Repository, contact Scott Uhl at uhlx0003@umn.edu or 625-0793.
     
  • SSRN Submissions: The Law Library facilitates submission of Law School faculty scholarship to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).  Papers posted to SSRN also appear on the Law School’s Working Papers page. To submit your work to the series, use the Law School’s SSRN Submission Form or contact Kristyn Johnson at john7782@umn.edu or 625-1547.
     
  • Faculty Publications Pages: The Law Library maintains a faculty scholarship database that generates the faculty publications pages on each Law School faculty member’s Law School profile page. The database also feeds into the Law School’s Recent Faculty Publications page, which features new books, journal articles, and book chapters authored by members of the Law faculty. For more information, contact Connie Lenz at lenzx009@umn.edu or 625-4301.
     
  • Faculty Publications Displays: Recent faculty publications are displayed in the main lobby of the Law School. Copies of all monographs authored or edited by current faculty members are displayed in the Lindquist & Vennum conference room. For more information, contact Connie Lenz at lenzx009@umn.edu or 625-4301.

The Law Library maintains an archive of faculty writings located in the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center.

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