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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 by email or phone (919) 613-7121, as well as the direct contacts listed below. Governing faculty are encouraged to coordinate these services through their liaison librarian.

Reference Desk Service

The reference desk is staffed remotely from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Fridays, and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sundays. Reference support is available via email, phone, or Zoom (request an appointment by email).

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.

Borrowing Law Library Materials

Library

Loan Period

Maximum Total Checkouts

Law

To May 31 of the academic year for Standard Loan; 1 week for Reserve

200

Ford

To May 15 of the academic year

Perkins/Bostock

To May 30 of the academic year

Lilly

To May 31 of the academic year

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).

Please return all routed materials to the library or a designated return bin. Materials must be quarantined between users to ensure safety.

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.

SSRN Postings

The Goodson Law Library can assist with posting your working papers and forthcoming 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).

ExpressO/Scholastica Journal Submission

The Law School maintains an institutional account to the journal submission services 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. For more information about the account creation or submission process, please contact Associate Director for Administration & Scholarship Jennifer Behrens (behrens@law.duke.edu) directly, and/or Faculty & Scholarly Services Librarian Wickliffe Shreve (shreve@law.duke.edu).

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 JD and LLM students are limited to 20 total submissions per paper; SJD students are limited to 40 submissions per paper. Student authors will be removed from Law School coverage when the subsidy limit is reached or shortly after graduation, whichever comes first.

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, including a monthly “Sharing Scholarship” email of recently-published faculty scholarship and an SSRN Research Paper Series. To notify us of items you want included in any of these resources, please contact scholarship@law.duke.edu.

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 the Scholarship Team (scholarship@law.duke.edu).

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

Safe handling of library materials requires at least a 48-hour quarantine between patrons. To ensure the safety of patrons and staff, the Law Library will not circulate Course Reserve books, bookstands, chargers, calculators, umbrellas or other physical materials with short-term loan periods during the fall semester.

Law Library staff plan to scan the first two weeks of required course readings for all courses and post them to each course’s Sakai page (subject to our own ability to obtain new textbooks in time). Due to copyright limitations, the Law Library will be unable to scan readings from these textbooks beyond this time period, and students will be expected to obtain their own textbooks for use after the first two weeks of required readings.

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 by email or phone (919) 613-7121.