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Faculty Resources: Writing & Research

Resources available from the Law Library for UofL Law School faculty

Borrowing Items

Law School faculty may borrow books for up to a year, and renew them if necessary by contacting Marian Carlson.

To borrow materials from other libraries across the country through interlibrary loan, contact Jerome Neukirch.

Research Assistance

If you already have a research assistant, librarians can arrange individualized training with that student. This will ensure that your assistant begins researching with the most efficient and effective resources for the topic at hand.

The Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP) provides Law School faculty with up to 15 hours of student research assistance. All work is overseen by librarian Will Hilyerd, who coordinates the program. Most projects are completed in 1 to 3 weeks, although this can vary based on the time of year.

Projects for which you may use FRAP include searches for legal materials, including statutes, cases, periodicals, regulations. Unpublished legal materials, including court filings, can be obtained if they are available on Lexis CourtLink, Pacer, the court’s website, or another database to which we subscribe. 

Unpublished materials which require contacting court clerks directly, open records requests, or paying for materials cannot be done through the library except with the approval of the library director. Surveys and any other requests which would require students to interact with study subjects or perform original research is not allowed under the FRAP guidelines.

Writing Abstracts

Need to create an abstract quickly? Try these tips to reduce the amount of time you spend writing new content.

  1. Copy and paste the paper into a new document
  2. Delete headers, footers, pagination, and non-essential sequences
  3. Change tenses to present tense
  4. Check word count (under 300 for SSRN) by choosing ‘Review’ > ‘Word Count’ in Microsoft Word

Permanent Links allows you to create permanent records of the online resources you cite, so that the information you refer your readers to never disappears or changes.

Perma is an excellent option for single pages or individual resources, but to save an entire website that you will be using in your research, you can archive it with the Wayback Machine.

Citation Tools

Research Tips