Reference/Research Services

Research Assistant Training

The Law Library will be offering two 2-hour Research Assistant Training sessions – one from 10am-noon on Wednesday, May 14  and one from 2:30-4:30pm on Tuesday, May 20.  Both sessions will be held in L30. 

If you are starting your RA employment this summer or continuing your employment, please consider attending one of these sessions.  You need only attend one session – the content should be identical on both days.

Below are the topics we plan to address during the session.  If you have additional suggestions or would like us to cover specific topics, please just let us know.

  • Orientation
    Knowing how to use the library efficiently can save you time and improve your research’s quality.  We will discuss how to best navigate the library website and locate materials, how to use the library’s research guides and library catalog effectively, how to submit an ILL, how to contact a reference librarian, and more.  We will also tour the library to show where the most useful non-electronic resources can be found.
  • Strategies for Locating Briefs, Dockets, and other Court Documents
    Where should you look for briefs, court dockets and other documents filed with and produced by federal and state courts? We'll explore resources for identifying and obtaining briefs and other court documents- including Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, and other commercial databases, as well as the Law Library collections (in print and microfiche), and other tools for obtaining court documents from trial and appellate courts, and for monitoring cases.
  • Legal News and Recent Developments
    Need to know about the newest developments in your area of law? Learn about current awareness resources in law and how to have them sent to your e-mail address.
  • Finding Articles
    Find out about electronic indexes and full text databases for "Law &" research questions and where to locate and access non-legal electronic journals.
  • Professionalism
    Your professor expects professional standards from your work product.  We will discuss proper citation, keeping track of your research, and other tips on being a good RA.

RSVPs or questions can be sent directly to

Bridge the Gap 2014

Do you need a refresher on your legal research skills?

Are you curious about life as a summer associate?

At six lunchtime sessions during March 24-27 and March 31-April 2, the Law Library will present a different topic that will help you prepare for summer (or post-graduation) success. All students are welcome to attend regardless of your class year or summer employment status.

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP; please bring your own drink.

Registration is now open at the Reference Desk - sign-up is requested for catering purposes and handouts. All sessions will be held from noon-12:50pm in Room L30. Please contact Suzanne Corriell,, with questions.

Unpaid Testimonials

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"I'm a big fan of this program."

"Very well done!"


"If you don't go, you don't know what you're missing."


Monday, March 24:
Legal Research Strategies - Suzanne Corriell
Make sure your research strategies are effective starting your first day. Learn how to start research in an unfamiliar area of law; plan, track, and update your research; and manage your time.

Wednesday, March 26:
Research Alerts and Updates - Andrew Winston
Many databases and resources allow you to receive automatic alerts and updates on news, legislation, and cases. Find out how to use these tools to your advantage.

Thursday, March 27:
Research Practice Materials - Joyce Manna Janto
Practice materials tend to focus on the law as it exists, with advice and tips for dealing with real-life legal problems. They are updated frequently and often contain forms or checklists.

Monday, March 31:
Advanced Research Databases - Amy O'Connor and Alexis Fetzer
More comprehensive instruction on Bloomberg BNA, CCH Intelliconnect, and Bloomberg Law - all resources that you may use free of charge during your summer employment.

Tuesday, April 1:
"Real Life" Panel: Advice from Associates and a Court Librarian
These researchers have applied many of the lessons taught in Bridge the Gap to their professional careers, including law firms, government, and agencies. They will present an overview of their experiences and give practical advice for conducting legal research in your work environments.

Wednesday, April 2
Low-Cost & Free Research - Timothy Coggins
Are you concerned about incurring a legendary research bill over the summer? There are many resources out there that cost less than Lexis and Westlaw and might be just as effective.

Reference Assistance

Reference assistance is available during the academic year Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Users should seek reference assistance from the librarian on duty at the reference desk during those times or call the Reference Desk at (804) 289-8685.

If the reference desk is not open, ask about reference services at the circulation desk or e-mail reference requests to

Online Catalog

All University of Richmond libraries share an integrated catalog that unifies collection and circulation information. Catalog workstations are located throughout the library-near the main entrance, near the stairs on the main floor, and on each floor of the library.

The library maintains a public access terminal for patrons' use. Access to Virginia materials, federal materials, and Key Cite is available via a limited Westlaw subscription.

Virginia Collection

The library maintains an extensive collection of materials specific to Virginia law, including monographs on specific topics, reports for Virginia state courts, Virginia statutes and administrative materials, as well as various indices to Virginia law. The Virginia materials are shelved in the KFV classification on the first floor of the library.

    Bibliographic Resources

    These bibliographies, pathfinders, and other resource guides present materials that are available in the law library collection.

    Please direct comments and suggestions to Suzanne B. Corriell, Associate Director for Reference, Research and Instructional Services.

    Library Publications

    The library's Reference and Research Services Department periodically prepares annotated bibliographies and legal research guides for library users. Individual copies are available in the displays near the reference desk. The Reference and Research Services Department also publishes the Museletter-a newsletter designed to inform students and faculty of library news and services.

      Research Guides

      The University of Richmond Law Library reference librarians use LibGuides to assist users with frequently encountered research tasks.  Users can access the Law Library LibGuides through