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Research Assistant Resources

This research guide is a survival guide for NYU Law research assistants (RAs), providing resources for all stages of their RA work.

How do I borrow materials?

Materials Owned by NYU Law

Print Materials. Current NYU Law Faculty, students and staff may borrow circulating print items in the Law Library print collection. Borrow and return print items at the circulation desk (the desk as you come into Vanderbilt Hall). To check due dates of items you have checked out, check your Julius account. If you need a special accommodation to return your Law Library items, please email For more information, visit the Circulation page.

Electronic Materials. Some databases, like Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law require a unique login for each user. For more information on registering for those databases, please click here. Most other databases require you to log in using your NetID before accessing the resources; to access these databases, you should first search for and select the database from the Julius catalog. A list of A-Z legal databases are also available here.

Materials Owned by Other NYU Libraries.

Print Materials. As a member of the NYU community, you have access to the materials in the Bobst library. You can request materials for pick up or scan at Bobst

Electronic Materials. Using your NetID, you will be able to access the databases at Bobst.

Materials NOT Owned by NYU

While the law library and Bobst have a lot of print materials within their walls, we cannot keep every book. To assist, we offer Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services. ILL involves asking other libraries to send their physical materials to our borrowers for some period of time. To request materials through ILL, please go here. First time users will need to register via ILLiad.

Note the following: If you are requesting materials for use by your Professor (ILL books in particular), RAs must use the Faculty member’s account to submit the request. Either (1) Submit directly on the Faculty member’s account if you are given the login credentials, or (2) otherwise, email your request details (Faculty’s name, citation information, date required by, any other details) to the ILL Department ( on the Faculty member's behalf.

If you want to know what libraries in the area have a print copy of a particular material, you can search on WorldCat. WorldCat is a combined catalog from thousands of libraries across the globe. You may find materials held by the New York Public Library, for example. Note that your ability to access these materials may be limited based on specific library borrowing policies.

How do I access databases?

Information for NYU Law students and faculty on obtaining passwords for WestlawNext, Lexis Advance and Bloomberg is available here. Information on accessing databases that do not require a login (like HeinOnline, ProQuest, and more) is available here.

How do I know when my research is complete?

The elusive question. It can be challenging to know when your research is "done." Here are a few tips to help you get a sense for when your research project is complete:

  • Your research has become circular, or the same sources keep appearing in your searches. 
  • You have considered all possible primary authorities and have used authoritative secondary sources on your topic.
  • You have run out of time to complete your assignment.

If you have trouble discerning whether your research is complete, please reach out to a librarian or your professor to seek assistance.

How do I print or copy materials?

Printing. Students can print materials using the Pharos system. There are several printers in the law library. Click here for more information on printing. 

Copying. There are several photocopiers/scanners in the library for students to use. Please be aware of copyright restrictions when using these machines. Click here for more information on copying.

Who can I contact for help?

You can reach the reference team at We also encourage you to reach out directly to the reference librarian who serves as a liaison for your professor. You can find out which librarian is your professor's liaison here.