Seek assistance from the Reference Librarians early and often. Stop by whenever the Reference librarians are in.
See Ask a Librarian for detailed instructions on contacting a Reference Librarian.
Sources such as Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (KF 246 B46 2001 Law Reserve), the World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (K89 K38 Law Reference), and the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations can be very useful for deciphering abbreviations.
Consult the Research Guides on the library's website when you are researching an area you are not familiar with.
ASU Library Catalog
Use the ASU Library Catalog find out what books, journals, and government documents the Law Library and other ASU libraries own. Use your ASUrite ID and password to track the books that you have checked out, renew your items online, and access ASU databases from off campus.
Paper, microforms and image formats (PDF)
Microforms (microfilm and microfiche) and image formats (PDF) are exact copies of the original pages of a document or article with the same page numbers and graphics. For citing they are legitimate substitutions when the original cannot be located in paper. In the Law Library, be sure to check HeinOnline for PDF versions of articles. HTML databases like LexisNexis and Westlaw files not yet converted to PDF may lack page numbering and graphics. Many websites have articles in image formats.
If the Status is “shelf” or if there is a due date listed:
Remember, these books are being checked out in your name. You are responsible for returning them on time and for any overdue fines.
Library Catalogs do not list individual articles in journals, law reviews, newspapers, and other periodicals. Use indexes to identify articles on a topic or by an author or to fill in missing information of a citation. Use indexes to complement Westlaw or LexisNexis. Indexes may not have the full text of an article, but they may cover journals not included in Westlaw or LexisNexis.
HeinOnline and Other Electronic Full-Text Sources
Full-text electronic journals generally exist in one of two formats. Image formats such as PDF are exact copies of the original with page numbering and graphics. PDF copies, like microforms, are accepted as legitimate substitutes for the original when cite-checking; HTML versions like Westlaw and LexisNexis provide the full-text with hyperlinks to cases, statutes, and other documents cited in the article, but may lack page numbering and graphics.
The HeinOnline database collection provides online, image-based access to law periodical titles previously only available in print, as well as other primary and secondary resources of historic significance. Its libraries contain numerous complete runs of titles from the first volume, predating coverage available on either LexisNexis or Westlaw for most titles. HeinOnline's most attractive feature for cite checkers is that it contains full-text exact page images of law reviews and journals, U.S. Reports, the Federal Register, and other primary and secondary legal sources. There is no difference between looking at a PDF version of a law review volume and looking at the actual print volume. See detailed instructions on Using HeinOnline.
Other Electronic Full-Text Resources
All journals in the Law Library are shelved by call number. Most journals are shelved in either the Bound Periodical section on the 2nd floor of the tower or in Current Periodicals behind the Circulation desk. Microforms are located in cabinets on the west side of the first floor.
LexisNexis and Westlaw
The LexisNexis "US Law Reviews and Journals, Combined" and the Westlaw "Journals and Law Reviews (JLR)" database contain hundreds of full text law reviews and bar journals. These periodicals can be searched as a group, individually, by topic or jurisdiction. There are separate files for newspapers including some foreign newspapers.
To Search indexes in other disciplines, go to the ASU Libraries Home Page. You can get to this page from the Law Library's website by clicking on ASU Library Catalog and then on the ASU Libraries logo in the top left corner of the page.
Then click on Find Articles. You can search for specific journals under Journal Title Lookup. You can also select Research Databases to search for a specific database by subject or name or to find a subject specific database. For more information on finding articles go to the library tutorial How to Find Articles.
If the article you want is not available in electronic format or at the Law Library, but is owned by another ASU library, you can fill out an Interlibrary Loan form.
Many documents and publications of the executive, legislative and judicial branches are available in the Law Library in paper, microform and electronic format.
If what you need is not in the ASU online catalog, try the other tools listed below. For help, contact a Reference Librarian.
To locate other government information and websites that contain documents go to the Law Library's website and use the search box to “Find Websites & Databases by Keyword,” or follow the link to “Browse Websites & Databases by Subject.” Also on the Law Library's website, check out the Research Guides that relate to government documents.
Searchable guide to Congressional hearings, reports, documents, prints and legislative history.
GPO's Federal Digital System providing free access to Federal Government Publications. Archived material is available through the GPO Access web page.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
1976 to date, indexes U.S. federal government publications.
For more information on government documents at the Law Library go to the Law Library's Government Documents page. For more information on government documents at the Hayden Library go to http://lib.asu.edu/govdocs
Interlibrary Loan service is offered only to current Law Students, Law Faculty, and Law Staff. Other ASU-affiliated users should check with their home library at ASU Tempe, ASU Polytechnic or ASU West for available services there. Standard Community Card holders are not eligible to use this service, although an Interlibrary Loan Community Card is available for purchase. If you are not affiliated with ASU, please check with your local library.
Tips for managing Interlibrary Loans
Requesting Interlibrary Loans
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