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Research Support

The Law Library provides a cluster of services to directly assist your research.

Reference Desk Contacts and Email

Should you need immediate assistance with a reference or research matter at any time the shared email account for the reference desk is and the telephone number is (216) 368-5206. The phone and email account are always monitored during open reference hours. After hours messages are received and handled as early as possible the following morning. While the librarian assigned to the desk when a faculty call or email arrives is responsible for seeing that the enclosed response handled in a timely manner, queries are easily referred among the librarians as merited by expertise/specialization and availability. As always, you may also contact your assigned liaison librarian with any information needs, as well as with any questions or concerns about the library.

Library RA Pool

The library selects and recruits a number of student Research Associates each semester. Library RAs are not a direct substitute for your own Research Assistants. Rather, the purpose of the library RA pool is to leverage the capacity of the library to provide hands-on research support for “middle sized” projects or side-projects — for instance an issue or topic that you need researched and to which you don’t want to divert your regular RA, or a project not likely to be large enough to justify recruiting and hiring your own RA. Students work under librarian supervision and training and with librarian backup. RA research projects can either be specifically intended as such or may emerge where additional digging or continued research is necessitated as follow-up to initial reference queries with a librarian. The library RA pool is optimized for reasonably well-defined research projects up to 15 hours in extent, and that benefit from the support of the librarians. To request such assistance through the library email or contact Andy Dorchak, Head of Reference.

Library RAs are trained by the reference librarians and work under the supervision of the library reference department. The librarians always stand at the ready to step in with support and guidance for challenging student research projects.

RA “nominations”

The library is always interested in recommendations of students appropriate for consideration for our “RA pool.”