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Law Library News for October 1, 2001

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive



Welcome new and returning students. Whether you are a brand new 1L, a returning 2L or 3L, or a member of one of our LL.M. or Ph.D programs, we're glad you're here! Each week, this column serves to update you on things you need to know about the Library. We include research tips, information on new print and electronic sources, and some entertaining and challenging trivia contests.

Library Hours

  Library Reference Copy Center

E. Asian Law Dept.

Mon-Thur 8 am - 11 pm 9 am - 8 pm 8 am - 8 pm 8 am - 4 pm
Friday 8 am - 6 pm 9 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5:30 pm 8 am - 4 pm
Saturday 11 am - 6 pm 1 pm - 4 pm 11 am - 5 pm CLOSED
Sunday 11 am - 11 pm 1 pm - 6 pm 11 am - 5 pm CLOSED

Do You Need Help? The Library Has All the Answers!

by Cheryl Nyberg and Ann Hemmens

As you will soon discover, the Library is an important part of the law school and your legal education experience. You will find course materials, books and journals, computers, and more in the Library. The Law Library staff are ready, willing, and able to help you with all of your study and research needs. Here is a quick introduction to some of the important tools and services we offer:

The Circulation and Reserve Desk, 2d floor, 543-4086. Our excellent circulation staff can assist you with checking out books and retrieving items on Reserve (including Course Reserves), and using the online catalog. As law students, you can check out most material for the entire academic quarter, but the time period may be shortened if someone requests the item. The Reserve items may be checked out for either two or four hours, to ensure that all students have access.

The Reference Office, 2d floor, 543-6794. Our fine team of reference librarians is available to answer questions large and small. We can direct you to the bathroom; we can explain step-by-step how to identify and collect congressional documents for a federal legislative history. We are experts on legal information and research, print sources (yes, Virginia, books are still important for successful legal research!), and all things electronic. We wrote the book on Washington legal research; really, we did! Check out the award-winning Washington Legal Researcher's Deskbook, 2d (KFW75.W37 1996 at Reserve & Classified Stacks) - look for an updated edition soon! Ask us questions in person, call us on the phone, or use our brand new email reference service for UW law students.

The Law Library's online catalog, MARIAN, is your key to identifying and locating material in the Library. You may search by an author's name or the title of a book. No problem if you don't have that information; search by keyword. MARIAN tells you what books we have, where they are located in the Library, and whether the book is currently checked out. And if the Law Library doesn't have the book you want, you can search the catalog of the other libraries on campus or Cascade, a combined catalog of six state-supported colleges and universities. Reference and Circulation staff can help you conduct a search.

The Law Library's website provides a wealth of information for the hard-working student or professor. You can find information on the hours the Law Library is open, Law School exams, computer-based legal research, links to Internet legal sources, and dozens of legal research guides. When the Library is closed or you are working from home, turn to the Library's website: you're likely to find the information you need.

Study space is available throughout the Library. The 2d floor Reading Room has the most concentrated grouping of tables. Unassigned carrels are available on floors 4, 5, and 7. The Study Rooms on floors 4, 5, 6, and 7 are for UW law students only; groups have priority but individuals can use them as well. If you have a laptop computer, check out the carrels on the 4th floor - they are wired for Internet access!

Covered drink containers are allowed in the Law Library, but be careful of the angled tabletops! No food is allowed in the Library.