The Law Library uses a catalog system from OCLC called WorldCat Discovery. Our catalog includes records from libraries all over the country, so you can choose to search for items at the Law Library, across the University of Louisville campus, or globally.
So much information is available in WorldCat Discovery, that finding a single relevant item may be difficult. There are several search options that produce more precise results. The advanced search option allows you to create a complex search. You can also create structured searches by using Boolean operators, truncation, or searching for specific types of data.
Boolean operators combine or exclude search terms to create a more precise search.
Wildcards and truncation symbols allow you to search for multiple variations of a word.
Searching for a particular type of data produces more specific results. Some of these search options are available in advanced search, but there are additional options available by placing an abbreviation for the data type in front of your search term. For example, searching for ti:Bluebook produces only results that have the word Bluebook in the title field.
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To search for particular types of materials, enter the abbreviation for the material type with an additional search term. For example, research AND mt=bks
The Law Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme to organize materials. Understanding how materials are classified makes it easier to browse the shelves.
K is the classification for legal materials, and the majority of resources held by the library are shelved under K. Other classifications also appear in the Law Library, such as social sciences materials shelved under H.
The K classification breaks down into the following subclasses: