This Guide is intended to provide basic answers on how to find certain types of resources in the Law Library's print and electronic collections. For more in-depth research questions, we encourage you to contact one of our Reference Librarians by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 312-915-7205. Our current Law Library reference hours are:
Although we are happy to assist you with reference questions, please remember that our reference librarians will not answer questions that require performing research for you, providing legal advice, or assisting with legal procedures. For details about available reference services, see About Loyola Law Library Reference Services.
Reference librarians at the Law Library provide assistance with selecting and using resources for legal research. Our primary patrons are: current law students, law faculty, and law staff. If time and resources permit, we also provide reference services to: Loyola University Chicago non-law students, faculty, and staff; Loyola law alumni; and Illinois attorneys. We also assist those seeking access to federal depository materials.
For reference services for law faculty, see the Faculty Services Guide.
For reference services for law students, see the Law Library Student Services Guide.
For resources for alumni, see the Law Library Alumni Services Guide.
For access to federal depository materials, please contact LoyolaLawReference@luc.edu.
What kinds of questions may I ask the reference librarians?
Although we are happy to assist people doing legal research, the reference librarians may only provide help with selecting and using library materials and online resources. For example, we can:
Reference librarians will not conduct legal research for patrons, give legal advice, or answer specific questions about interpreting the law. For example, librarians will not:
Examples of acceptable questions:
Examples of unacceptable questions:
Resources for finding legal advice
People seeking legal advice should visit the websites of institutions that specialize in helping people find legal representation, such as the American Bar Association or the Illinois State Bar Association, or consult with Illinois Legal Aid Online.
Selected books on legal research in the Law Library collection. Unless otherwise indicated, these books are located in the Law Library Main Stacks. You can search our Library Catalog to find more books about Legal Research in our collection.
Loyola University Chicago
School of Law Library
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Access and borrowing questions:
Research questions: LoyolaLawReference@luc.edu
Interlibrary Loan: 312.915.7202
The resources listed below are compiled and published by professional associations for Law Librarians. While they are intended for use by non-lawyers, they contain tips on conducting legal research that can be of value to any researcher.