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Faculty Services Liaison Program
To support your teaching and research needs, the UW Law Library assigns a library liaison to each Law School faculty member. Library liaisons help with any questions regarding campus collections and library services. Here are some of the ways we are ready to assist you:
Reference & Research Assistant Support
Contact your research liaison with quick reference questions or more in-depth projects such as scholarly literature searches, legislative tracking, database recommendations and training, as well as assistance with managing citations using Zotero. In addition, we will gladly work with your research assistants on special assignments that require library resources. Remember you can also email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Reference Desk at 262-3394.
Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan
To request document delivery or ILL, email email@example.com or call the Reference Desk at 262-3394. We will do our best to expedite the borrowing of books or obtain articles (electronic or print) from other libraries.
Current Awareness & Journal Routing
Is it a challenge to stay current with developments in the law? Ask your research liaison to help you set up email alerts based on your research interests. The Law Library website has an extensive listing of legal and business resources to get you started. Paper routing of journals and newsletters delivered direct to your office are another option.
Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline, the Making of Modern Law, ProQuest Congressional, ProQuest Legislative Insight, Books UnBound, and numerous other electronic subscriptions are available on the Law Library Web site. Use these resources from your office computer or access them from home with your Net ID. To schedule personalized training on these databases, to run an occasional search, or for password assistance, contact your research liaison.
To showcase scholarship produced by faculty and staff, the Law Library compiles a bibliography of books, book chapters and articles which resides on the Law School Web site. Help keep the bibliography up-to-date by regularly submitting your citations or revisions. We can also assist with SSRN and Zotero questions, just ask Kris Turner for specifics.
The Law Library staff compiles a monthly email list of its newly acquired titles, “Selected Recent Acquisitions”, which can be customized to your topic(s) of interest. Send a reply email to firstname.lastname@example.org and your book selections will be delivered to your office. To subscribe to this email list or to recommend purchases for the Law Library collection, contact the liaison for collections, Vicky Coulter.
Instruction & Classroom Support
Whether it be a library tour, a customized research guide, or a classroom presentation, start by contacting your research liaison or our Instructional Services Librarian, Jenny Zook, for assistance as you plan your curriculum.
When it comes time to grade papers, the Law Library can help you with checking your students’ work for plagiarism.
Turnitin is the new tool used for plagiarism checking which will be available to all instructions on campus in Fall 2019 through your course page on Canvas.
Note that Turnitin shouldn’t be relied on too heavily- it may flag some things that are properly cited and may miss other things, such as books and articles not available electronically. It maybe a good, quick starting point, however.
If you would like to use Turnitin, you have a couple of options. You can set up a Turnitin for your course on Canvas, and have students upload papers themselves. You can set it so that all uploaded papers are automatically checked. For assistance with this option, contact Jarrod Bogucki.
Otherwise, library staff can run a check for you if you send us an electronic copy of the paper. We will perform a manual check of a paper if you wish, although this takes more time. If you would like this option, contact Jenny Zook, the Law Library’s Instructional Services Librarian, for a consultation. Please briefly explain why you would like the paper checked for plagiarism. It is helpful if you can identify specific passages or footnotes that look suspicious.
Course Reserves / Circulation / Print Cards
The Course Reserve collection is located at the Circulation Desk. Required readings and audio-visual materials can be placed on Course Reserve each semester. Faculty may supply the item to place on Course Reserve or ask that the Law Library provide it, if possible. Personal copies submitted will be barcoded and labeled to indicate the course.
To place materials on Course Reserve, stop at the Circulation Desk or contact Circulation Staff at 265-1128 or email email@example.com. This department circulates books to you from the Law Library collection or from any library in the University of Wisconsin System. Circulation Services can set up proxy accounts for your research assistants to check out books on your behalf. The Circulation Desk has three print cards available for Law faculty members to use- just ask at the desk if you need to use one to print something in the library.
Bloomberg, LexisNexis & Westlaw IDs
Only law school faculty, staff and students are eligible for IDs. For assistance with IDs, contact Emma Babler.
Research & Citation Managers
There are several tools available which can help you manage your research sources and automatically create bibliographies.
Legal Citation (Bluebook)
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is currently in its 20th edition (2015). Several copies are available for check out at the Law Library. See our Interpreting Legal Citations for a quick guide to common citation types.
Note that Zotero can automatically create footnotes and bibliographies in the Bluebook citation style.
- Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (PDF) (Cornell University Law School)
- Bluebook Abbreviations of Law Review Titles (University of Washington School of Law Library)
In addition to meeting the requirements of the funding entity, external funding proposals must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines and policies of the UW Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (RSP). Additional information and links to funding databases can be found at the RSP site. Proposals also must be approved by the Law School dean’s office. For assistance with budget preparation, proposal submission, and approvals, you may contact Susannah Tahk.
Submitting Articles or Working Papers
- Information for Submitting to Articles to Law Reviews and Journals: This guide contains information about submitting articles to over 200 law reviews and journals, including the methods for submitting an article, any special formatting requirements, how to contact them to request an expedited review, and how to contact them to withdraw an article from consideration.
- ExpressO: Upload your manuscript to be delivered to your choice of 750+ law school reviews. The UW Law School maintains an institutional account through which faculty receive submission credit. Faculty and staff may contact Myra Sun for access.
- Scholastica: Scholastica is another manuscript submission service used by some law reviews and journals. There is a small fee per submission. Faculty and staff may contact Myra Sun for access.
- SSRN (Social Science Research Network): Submit articles and working papers to this repository of new and forthcoming scholarship.
- UW Law School Digital Repository: To showcase the scholarship produced by faculty and staff, a fully searchable and full-text (copyright-permitting) digital repository of books, book chapters and articles resides prominently on the Law School web site. Help keep the digitla repository up-to-date by regularly submitting your new publications to Liz Manriquez.