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Law Library Basics  

An introduction to the Law Library and Legal Research for students
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Get Help From Reference Librarians

Ask for assistance early and often at the Reference Desk in the Main Reading Room. Librarians can:

  • Suggest a strategy if you don't know where to start.
  • Help you decipher an abbreviation, using abbreviations dictionaries such as Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations or others.
  • Advise you on hard-to-locate sources. 
  • Confirm that you have exhausted all possible Library and publicly available resources. 
  • Give you a pass to certain local libraries (required for most academic libraries). Note: You have checkout privileges at NYU libraries only

Articles Editors: The Reference Desk can provide time-saving assistance in advance for especially difficult articles. Please contact Jay Shuman at least one week before distributing the assignment.

      

    Get Help From Reference Librarians

    The Law Library Reference Desk (in Main Reading Room) is staffed by a rotation of eight librarians, and the librarian who assisted with a footnote at a first stage edit may not be there when you bring the same footnote to the Desk at a later stage. Sharing information saves time and avoids frustration. If possible, bring the complete article text and footnotes when you come to the Library. Context often helps to identify a source, and text and footnotes not assigned to you may be helpful for your footnotes.

     

        
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