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School of Law

Reference Services

Reference Assistance

The Elon Law Library supports the educational and research needs of the Elon University School of Law community. The research staff is highly trained and educated, and available to assist students and faculty with all their research questions. Reference assistance is offered most hours the library is open. The Reference/Access Services Librarian’s office is located in the first staff office on the Library Mezzanine. The Circulation Paraprofessional’s office is located next door to that of the Reference/Access Services Librarian.

Reference Librarians are available to help students learn and improve upon their legal research skills. They also offer subject-matter bibliographies and research guides to assist students in researching specific legal questions. These bibliographies are prepared both upon specific request and upon the initiative of the library staff.

Reference, Research, and Current Awareness

The Law Library provides access to legal information resources for faculty, students, members of the bench and bar, and the general public. It has a hypertext link on the Law School’s web site that provides interested patrons additional information on the Law Library electronically. It has discrete sections introducing the Online Catalog, the Library staff, reference services, borrowing materials and Interlibrary Loan, hours of operation and an “About the Library” section that provides more specific detail on the Library’s daily operations.

Research Appointments

If you become a member of the Elon Law Review sometime in the future and have to write a law journal note or if you’re simply required to write a seminar paper for class or you find yourself working as a faculty research assistant, you may encounter unfamiliar legal topics. A summer clerkship or a permanent legal position might require you to know how to do research in an unfamiliar jurisdiction. When you have an in-depth project or a new field of research to tackle, the reference librarian is available to help. Often a research appointment with a J.D. /M.L.S. librarian can enhance both your work and learning experience. While reference assistance is usually available anytime the library is open, you are welcome to set up an appointment with the reference librarian for more in-depth assistance if you would like. The Reference/Access Librarian can also instruct you in the use of the many tools of legal research including the Internet, electronic databases, WESTLAW, and LEXIS/NEXIS. So, don’t hesitate to contact the reference librarian to make an appointment for a personal session custom made for you.

Current Awareness Services

A faculty Current Awareness Services program has been developed based on faculty teaching and research preferences. This program includes receipt of the electronic version of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) and journal abstracts from the Legal Scholarship Network in approximately 43 areas of law. Relevant articles from the daily Law Librarian Blog and weekly Gallup Poll data also are included in the Current Awareness Services program.

Newsletter Activities

The Law Library staff prepares a quarterly newsletter that is distributed to faculty and students in an attempt to keep those constituencies aware of law library activities and policies.

The Reference/Access Services Librarian also writes a monthly column for the Greensboro Bar Association newsletter that attempts to keep local attorneys apprised of law library offerings.