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The Goodson Law Library provides a variety of services to support Law School faculty scholarship and teaching.

You may coordinate any of these services by contacting the Reference Services Desk (ref@law.duke.edu or (919) 613-7121), as well as the direct contacts listed below. Governing faculty are encouraged to coordinate these services through their liaison librarian.

Liaison Librarian Program

All governing faculty, Visiting Assistant Professors, faculty holding joint appointments with a primary appointment to Law, and clinic directors are formally assigned an individual librarian who acts as their library liaison. Your liaison librarian is often your best contact for information about Library services and research requests. Contact the reference desk with questions about the Liaison Librarian program.

Faculty Research Assistants Program

For short-term, discrete research projects during the academic year, all Law faculty may request the services of law student research assistants. Learn more about Faculty Research Assistants Program or contact program coordinator Cas Laskowski.

Training & Orientation

The law librarians can provide basic and specialized research training for you, your academic assistants, or other members of your research team, including fellows and support staff of academic centers & programs. 

Empirical Research Support

The Empirical Research and Data Services Department provides empirical research support for the Law School community. For an overview of existing services and resources, please visit the Empirical Research Support page.

Routing Services

We can send you the most recent copies of law journals and other periodicals when they arrive in the library. To request routing of a particular title (or to modify your existing routing list), contact Collection Services (cir@law.duke.edu or 919-613-7128).

Alert Services

Many publishers allow us to set up periodic electronic notifications to you about new books, journal articles, cases, amendments to statutes, and working papers in your areas of interest. To set up an alert, contact Reference Services (ref@law.duke.edu or (919) 613-7121). Here are some of the major services we can set up for you:

  • "New Titles": Biweekly email notice of new books and journals that the library has recently purchased in your selected subject areas.
  • SSRN & BePress Working Papers: Both of these products allow you to read the newest works of scholarship before they are published. 
  • LexisNexis/Westlaw/Bloomberg: Periodic searches  for new legislation, cases, journal articles or news articles at an interval of your choosing (e.g. daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly etc.).

Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery

If you need an item you don’t see in our catalog or want an article you can’t find, we usually can obtain it for you from another library. You can use our online form, email the Interlibrary Loan department (ill@law.duke.edu) or call (919) 613-7121.

Duke Law Scholarship Repository

The Goodson Law Library maintains the Duke Law Scholarship Repository, which aims to include comprehensive holdings of the final versions of all works by current Duke faculty members, as well as scholarship produced by Law School research centers and programs. To submit an addition to the repository, please contact your liaison librarian or scholarship@law.duke.edu.

ExpressO/Scholastica Journal Submission

The Law School maintains an institutional account to the journal submission services Bepress ExpressO and Scholastica. During the account creation process, faculty should use their @law.duke.edu address to connect to the Duke Law administrative account and avoid submission fees. (Faculty may also recommend account creation for individual Law School students who wish to submit their work from the Duke Law Scholarly Writing Workshop, Student Paper Series, Capstone projects, etc. Subsidized law student accounts are limited to 20 total submissions and will be removed from Law School coverage when the subsidy limit is reached or shortly after graduation, whichever comes first.) For more information about the account creation or submission process, please contact Reference Services (ref@law.duke.edu or (919) 613-7121).

Recent Faculty Scholarship

The Library works with you to provide wide access to your scholarship through the Duke Law Scholarship Repository, and through submission to other major repositories such as SSRN. In addition, we regularly gather and publish notices of your recent scholarship. To notify us of items you want included in any of these resources, please contact scholarship@law.duke.edu.

SSRN Postings

The Goodson Law Library can assist with posting your scholarship to the Social Sciences Research Network, where it can be listed in topical e-journal alerts. For more information, please contact Reference Services (ref@law.duke.edu or (919) 613-7121).

Scholarship Tracking

Library staff can provide information about options for locating citations to your publications. We can offer guidance on the creation of individual author profiles within such sites as Google Scholar and ResearchGate. For more information about scholarship tracking options, please visit Scholarship Tracking Sites or contact Reference Services.

Research Lectures & Tutorials

If you would like to arrange a lecture or tutorial on legal research for one of your courses, please contact Reference Services (ref@law.duke.edu or (919) 613-7121).

Research Resources for Sakai Course Sites

We can add both static and dynamic research information to your Sakai course site, including RSS feeds and research guides created specifically for your course. A proxy link builder is also available for you or your assistant to add direct, stable links to readings and other resources.

Course Reserves

The Library purchases required course materials to place on Reserve, excluding supplements. We can also place any title currently owned by the Law Library on Reserve for a particular course. Contact Collection Services (cir@law.duke.edu or (919) 613-7128) to add items to Course Reserve. 

Online Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

The Goodson Law Library’s subscription to Westlaw includes access to more than 600 online CLE courses in the West LegalEdcenter. Current Law School faculty and staff may be added to the list of eligible users by contacting Jennifer Behrens, Associate Director for Administration. (Users will be responsible for submitting certificates of completion to their state’s MCLE authority.)

Suggest Services or Resources

If you have an idea for an additional way that the Library can assist Duke Law faculty, please contact Library Director Femi Cadmus. We also welcome your suggestions for items we should purchase for the collection, which can be directed to Reference Services (ref@law.duke.edu or (919) 613-7121).