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November 10, 2003
Sarah Hollingsworth, Editor


Ever wish you could get some research help when you're away from the Law School?
Wouldn't it be great to be able to send in a legal research question at midnight and get an answer the next day?
Good news!!  The Law Library offers email reference service to UW law students for situations just like these.  This service was initiated in September 2002 as a way to help students pose legal research questions while they are working away from the Library. Through this service, we can offer suggestions for your research and get you started in the right direction.   
Email Reference is easy to use---just look for the bright red link to the Email Reference Form under "Law Students," on our homepage, at  Follow the simple instructions for completing the form and just that easily, you are on your way.
Why not give Email Reference a try?  It's just one of the many ways Gallagher Law Library provides service to its primary patrons---the students, faculty, and staff who comprise the University of Washington's School of Law.












Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the convenience of Cascade, requesting books online from six other state-supported colleges and universities in Washington. Now the pool of libraries has dramatically increased to twenty-six as Cascade merged with a similar service called Orbis to become the Orbis-Cascade Alliance. These added libraries will greatly expand the scholarly information available to students, faculty, and staff. 

Like Cascade, the Orbis-Cascade Alliance features a union catalog, named Summit, representing the holdings of all its member libraries. That’s over 22 million books, sound recordings, films, maps, and more. The University of Washington School of Law community will happily note that library holdings of three law schools are included in Summit: University of Oregon, Willamette University, and Lewis and Clark College (Northwestern School of Law). 

Once you find the item you want in the Summit catalog, you can request it online using your Gallagher library barcode, and the book will be sent to Gallagher Law Library.  Requested books are delivered directly to faculty offices, while students can pick up their books at the Circulation Desk.  The Summit loan period is three weeks with one renewal for all borrowers regardless of status.  

You also have the advantage of being able to visit any Summit library in person and check out books as a visiting patron using your Husky card. Just identify yourself as a Summit or Orbis-Cascade Alliance patron. 

Note: For University of Washington items, law faculty and students who bypass Summit to borrow directly from the UW libraries will receive the longer loan periods they currently enjoy. Library staff will continue to borrow books for faculty by proxy for those who need the longer loans. If you are a faculty member who wants to get a book from the UW libraries, you can email

You can link to Summit from MARIAN, the Law Library Catalog, at, from the Gallagher homepage at, or after doing a search in MARIAN, use the green “Search Summit” button to repeat your search in the Summit catalog. Summit information is summarized at:

If you have any questions about Summit, please contact Judy Davis, Resource Sharing Librarian at 543-4262 or



We have a winner!  Susan Llorens (1L) correctly identified the following answers to our Trick or Treat Contest questions:

Congratulations, Susan---be sure to drop by the Reference Office and pick up your "treat."  Great job!