The Law Library uses the OCLC public catalog interface called WorldCat Discovery. This catalog gathers together records from participating libraries all over the country, so that you can choose to search for items only at the Law Library, across the University of Louisville campus, and from further afield.
Finding a single relevant item through WorldCat can be difficult, since so much information is available, but there are several search options that produce more precise results. The advanced search option is available directly below the basic search bar, and provides options to create a more complex search. There are also ways to create structured searches in the basic search bar 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 on a word in a single search.
Searching for a particular type of data (title, author, type of material, call number, etc.) produces much more specific results than a general search. Some of these search options are available in advanced search, but there are many additional options available simply by placing an abbreviation for the index 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
WorldCat Discovery recognizes several material types, including the following:
The Law Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme to organize materials. K is the class for legal materials, and the majority of resources held by the library are shelved under K. Other classes also appear in the Law Library, such as social sciences materials shelved under H, although these are less common.
Understanding how the materials you are looking for are classified makes browsing the library shelves much easier.
The legal classification, K, has several subclasses, including the following:
All of these classes break down further to cover specific topics, jurisdictions, and types of laws. For a complete breakdown, choose K in the Library of Congress' guide to classification.