Research Services

  • Faculty Research Service

    The Faculty Research Service performs legal and non-legal research directly related to teaching in the Law School, speaking engagements, and writing for publication. Research is completed by reference librarians or by law student research assistants supervised by the librarian in charge of the service.

    The Research Service cannot:

    • Perform cite checking or source gathering. However, the service will help you fill in missing elements of citations, e.g., publication date, issue numbers, etc.
    • Perform research related to active client matters or trial or appellate work, including amicus briefs.
  • Empirical Research Support

    Our full-time Research Associate for Empirical Legal Studies provides support for data-driven empirical research.This Service can assist with specific tasks in data-driven research, including:

    • Interpreting published empirical research or statistical methods articles
    • Data cleaning/organizing
    • Helping to determine the scope of questions that a dataset can address (and identifying the limitations), as well as the statistical models that can be used
    • Analyzing data (Stata preferred, also familiar with R, MATLAB, and others)Creating tables and figures for publication
    • Providing detailed written interpretation of statistical resultsReviewing completed empirical research projects before sending to journal reviewers or after receiving reviewer feedbackContact Information

    The service cannot presently provide assistance with the following tasks:

    • Finding data (outside of publicly accessible databases)
    • Writing extensive portions of a paper, especially outside of the data, empirical framework, and results sections.
  • Eligibility and Hours of Operation
    • University of Michigan Law School regular and clinical law faculty
    • Visiting and adjunct law faculty during the semesters they are teaching in the Law School
    • Law School deans and administrators

    Hours of Operation

    • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Questions?

    Contact:

    Virginia Neisler
    Head of Reference and Research Services
    vneisler@umich.edu
    734.647.1746

    For more information

Document Delivery Services

  • Document Delivery

    The Law Faculty Document Delivery Service retrieves and delivers books, articles, primary law sources, and other publications from the Law Library, other campus libraries, licensed or free online sources, and Interlibrary Loan.

  • Eligibility and Hours of Operation
    • University of Michigan Law School regular and clinical law faculty
    • Visiting and adjunct law faculty during the semesters they are teaching in the Law School
    • Law School deans and administrators
    • Law School Faculty Assistants may make requests and receive materials on behalf of professors

    Hours of Operation

    • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Request Materials

    Email Us

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    Call: 734.764.0359

  • Questions?

    To check on the status of a request, report a problem or for other questions, contact:

    Keith Lacy
    Reference Librarian
    kalacy@umich.edu
    734.764.6151

    For More Info

Course Support

  • Research Instruction

    Reference librarians provide research instruction to second and third-year Law School classes and clinical law programs to assist law students with research strategies for writing seminar papers or performing specialized legal research. Please request a research session at least 2–3 weeks before the date of the requested session.

    Contact

    Virginia Neisler
    Head of Reference and Research Services
    vneisler@umich.edu
    734.647.1746

    For More Info

  • Scanning and Course Reserves

    Course Support Scanning

    The Law Library handles requests for material needed for courses in print or electronic format. We will deliver materials to you or upload them to your Canvas site.

    Course Reserves

    The Law Library will place material on reserve for your courses each semester.

    Contact

    LawLibCourseSupport@umich.edu
    Phone: 734.615.6985

Publication Support

Don’t see what you’re looking for?

Virginia Neisler
Head of Reference and Research Services
vneisler@umich.edu
734.763.9452


Seth Quidachay-Swan
Head of Collection Development and Access Services
sethqs@umich.edu
734.764.6150