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Legal Research FAQs: Home

About This Guide

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 or by phone at 312-915-7205. Our current Law Library reference hours are:

  • Sundays - closed
  • Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Our reference services are available to Loyola Law School students, faculty, and staff, the Loyola University community, and members of the Chicagoland legal community. If you contact us by email, one of our Reference Librarians will respond within one business day.

Although we are happy to assist you with an e-mail or phone reference question, please remember that our reference librarians will not answer questions that require performing research or interpreting legal documents.

About Loyola Law Library Reference Services

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 using Library materials and online resources. For example, we can:

  • Recommend sources to begin your research.
  • Explain how to use legal research tools.
  • Assist you in using our collection, including how to find materials in the Law Library.
  • Explain how to use the electronic resources available in the Law Library.
  • Help you locate a particular legal source with a specific reference or citation.

Reference librarians will not give legal advice or answer specific questions about interpreting the law. 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.

Examples of acceptable questions:

  • Does the Law Library have legal forms?
  • What resources are available for researching Illinois child support law?
  • What is the URL for the Illinois Secretary of State's website?
  • What databases should I use to find journal articles on a legal topic?

Examples of unacceptable questions:

  • Which form do I use and how do I fill it out?
  • I need to write a complaint to sue someone for not paying child support. Can you help me do that?
  • Is it better to set up my business as a corporation or as a limited liability company?
  • I found this case in an article I was reading. What do you think this case means?

Books on Legal Research

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.

Subject Guide

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Patricia Scott
Director, Law Library & Clinical Professor of Law

Philip H. Corboy Law Center

25 E. Pearson St.

Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 915-8515

Web Resources on Legal Research

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.