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LLM Research Guide

This is a guide to help LLM students who are doing class assignments or research papers.

Getting Started


Each LLM student has a "Personal Librarian" -- a reference librarian who will help navigate the library's scholarly research resources. The Personal Librarian helps with research strategies and methodologies, but does not replace the faculty advisor's comments on substantive issues, nor the Writing Center's support of writing efforts. The Personal Librarian should reach out each LLM student, however,  the LLM student should feel free to ask for help.

Reference assistance is available via chat, email, or Zoom/

Important Note

We realize the internet (well, Google) is a natural starting point for many researchers. If you are one of those people, and you find the perfect book or article that is available for purchase (or rental) for a small fee, check with a librarian first -- the law library may own the book or journal, or we may be able to borrow it from another library for you. 

Preliminary Matters

While libraries worldwide are designed to help disseminate knowledge,  we realize that libraries in various countries throughout the world may operate (slightly) differently than libraries in the United States, or our own Judge Ben C. Green Law Library. If you have any questions, please ask. We would be interested to know how other libraries in the world operate as well.

Our library stacks are "open" if you find a books you want to borrow in the online catalog, you may go to the shelves and use the materials on your own. We have added the "Stackmap" to records in our online catal to help you find the books -- reserve and reference books on the first floor, and "stacks" books on the third floor or in the basement. Generally speaking, students may "check out" individual volumes in the third floor stacks at the Circulation Desk on the first floor, with their CWRU student I.D. Of course, we are happy to help you find the book you need, if necessary.

We do not charge students to borrow books, nor do we require a deposit to be paid until a book is returned. 

If a book or item is not returned on time, overdue fines will accrue. Use the renewal function at "My Library Account" to renew your books before they are due, or ask the circulation desk staff to renew your items.

You can also order books (not available on campus or via OhioLINK) and articles (not available electronically) via Interlibrary Loan without any cost to you. In addition to Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg, CWRU patrons have access to over 500 additional research databases that reference librarians are happy to help you use.

There is a quick way to see which volumes, if any, of a given journal title are available electronically -- the eJournal Portal.