Research and Circulation Services for Faculty

Research Support

Law Library's Research Assistant (RA) Service:
Library research assistants (RAs) are available to help faculty with short term research and reference projects. The library RAs are second and third year law students who work under the supervision of librarians. Library RAs can also offer faculty assistance with scholarship support needs such as proofreading, copy editing, or footnotes. For long term needs or for ongoing continuous short term projects, the library can assist you in hiring, training, and supervising your own individual RA (CONTACT: faculty.servicesnull@law.csuohio.nulledu).

Training for Faculty Research Assistants:
The Law Library staff offers specialized training services for your RA. We provide individualized or group training sessions for faculty RAs that cover topics such as identifying relevant legal authorities, identifying resources in other disciplines, using specialty databases, and organizing information (CONTACT: faculty.servicesnull@law.csuohio.nulledu).

Research Guides:
Research Librarians can tailor a course-specific research guide for you to use on your own course page or as a handout for your class (CONTACT: faculty.servicesnull@law.csuohio.nulledu ). See our current Research Guides.

Conference and Program Support
The Research Librarians work with faculty to provide research and bibliographic services supporting programs and conferences. Our services include compiling information on speakers, assisting to identify and/or locate articles for continuing education materials packets, as well as preparing displays to promote and complement the events and highlight additional resources (CONTACT: faculty.servicesnull@law.csuohio.nulledu).

LexisNexis & Westlaw:
Research Librarians can assist you with LexisNexis and Westlaw searches, and can arrange training and refresher courses. (CONTACT: faculty.servicesnull@law.csuohio.nulledu )

Also see the Instructional Support page for more services provided by the research librarians.


Circulation Policies:
Law faculty may check out circulating materials for one academic semester (15 weeks). Non-circulating materials may be checked out for 7 days. You may renew materials as long as another patron has not placed a hold on an item. All library materials in circulation are subject to recall (CONTACT: faculty.servicesnull@law.csuohio.nulledu).

Document Delivery Services:
The Information Services staff handles Law faculty requests for print and digital items. Staff will retrieve the requested print item and check it out to the Law faculty member, or scan/photocopy the requested document. The Law Library complies with copyright law when scanning/photocopying items. Print items will be delivered to the Law faculty mailboxes. You may request materials by sending an email message to: faculty.servicesnull@law.csuohio.nulledu 

OhioLINK, SearchOhio and Interlibrary Loan :

OhioLINK and SearchOhio Catalogs:
Via OhioLINK, you may request books, audiovisual materials, and other items not available from the Law Library or Michael Schwartz Library. OhioLINK items will come from universities across the state of Ohio, usually within 3-7 business days, and you will be notified via email when your items arrive. For help with OhioLINK materials send an email message to: faculty.servicesnull@law.csuohio.nulledu 

OhioLINK catalog url:

You may also request materials through SearchOhio, a partner of the OhioLINK system. Over 16 million items are requestable through this consortium of Ohio public library systems. As with OhioLINK requests, you will be notified when your item arrives, usually within 3-7 business days.

SearchOhio catalog url:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Networks:

The Law Library's participation in other ILL networks provides access to an even greater collection of books, AV materials, and journal articles. When items are not available via CSU/C|M|LAW libraries or OhioLINK/SearchOhio, the Law Library will attempt to obtain the needed materials from the closest or least expensive sources. Law faculty are not charged fees to obtain materials via ILL, but fees could be charged if the borrowed item is lost. To make an ILL request, use the online form below or stop by the Information Services Desk.

Rev. BF 9/20

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