Posted Jan. 29, 2010.
Prepared by Rob Britt and Mary Whisner.
This guide lists some resources for students in the Law School's Ph.D. program. These resources are available to any of the Law School's students -- but Ph.D. students might find some particularly valuable because of the nature of their work. In addition, Ph.D. students, unlike J.D. and LL.M. students, have not had legal research classes that introduced them to the library.
In our library, the Reference Department handles the world -- international and foreign law in addition to U.S. law. Rob Britt, in the East Asian Law Department, can provide assistance with Japanese, Chinese, and Korean materials.
When you want to branch into other disciplines -- business, economics, history, area studies -- you can still get help in the Law Library's Reference Office. As a University of Washington student, you also have access to the University Libraries and the UW librarians.
You can check out books and other library materials from the Circulation Desk. This is also where you can pick up materials you have requested from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan or Summit. And it is where you return materials when you are through with them.
When you need books or other materials from other libraries, you can borrow them through Interlibrary Loan.
Summit is a consortium of academic libraries in Washington and Oregon. When you are using WorldCat Local and find a work that is available from a Summit library, you can request it without going through Interlibrary Loan. Summit loans generally arrive a few days sooner than regular interlibrary loan.
Research guides on our website can help you with your research. Ways to find them:
And if you're doing interdisciplinary research, be sure to use the University Libraries' Subject Guides.
The basic catalog for the Law Library includes just materials owned by the Law Library.
One of the chief differences between Ph.D. students and J.D. students is the size of your projects. Instead of managing notes and reading for 10 weeks to write a 30-page paper, you are managing notes and reading over several years to write a dissertation. So you have more need for tools to help you manage your research.
The UW subscribes to two web-based citation management systems, Refworks and EndNote. Both systems enable you to import, store, and share citations. Both help with formatting citations to create bibliographies or footnotes -- but neither one handles the full range of legal citations very well. RefWorks handles secondary sources, but you will have to format case and statute citations yourself.
To compare the two systems, see this chart.
University Libraries guides and tip sheets
Zotero is an add-on to the Firefox web browser. It helps you save, store, and organize citations and web pages. It also enables you to create a bibliography formatted according to any of a large selection of output styles. The "Bluebook Law Review" style is still under development.
SSRN -- set up a profile; post your own works; correspond with others about their works.
LinkedIn -- professional networking site