Source is onsite #2. Use the Law Library's online catalog (Primo) to find out what books or journals the library already owns. If a non-circulating item is available at the Watzek Library, you will need to visit Watzek to make copies or scans.
Use Open Access Tools. Google Scholar, Unpaywall, and the Open Access Button harvest scholarly articles from Open Access sources and make them freely available. All three services have browser extensions available; if you can't find the article you're looking for in Primo, search for the article title in Google, then use the browser extensions to see if the article is freely available through one of these tools.
Need U.S. Congressional documents (e.g., a report or hearing)? Check our Federal Legislative History research guide. We have links to terrific databases (U.S. Congressional Serial Set (Readex), Proquest Congressional, and Legislative Insight) that contain PDFs of most congressional documents. Reference librarians are happy to help you search in these databases.
+ Suggest a strategy if you don’t know where to start
+ Help with abbreviations using abbreviation dictionaries such as Prince’s Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (Reference Desk); World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (Ref K89 .K38 1991); and Cardiff Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations
+ Advise you on finding hard to locate sources
+ Help you borrow a source using Summit and Worldcat
It’s difficult, if not impossible, for the library to obtain the following for you:
Paper vs. Microfiche vs. Electronic
Dockets are very useful for locating in-depth case information and through Bloomberg Law, LC students and faculty have access to the underlying documents in a case. If the document is unavailable through Bloomberg Law, contact a Reference Librarian for assistance as librarians have access to PACER and can often locate the documents you need. Note that PACER coverage may not include all cases, especially old ones, so sometimes it is necessary to contact the clerk of court in the specific jurisdiction.
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