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SJD Research Guide

This is a guide to library research resources that are available to SJD students.

Getting Started

As of Aug. 24, 2020, The Judge Ben C. Green Law Library is open to current CWRU law students, law faculty, and law staff only, due to COVID-19.

Reference assistance is available in person Mon.-Thurs. from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Remote law reference services are available on Mon.-Fri. from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00-5:00 p.m., either via Zoom reference, by email (, or by calling 216-368-5206.

Due to COVID-19, the library is unable to lend print course reserve books and gadgets, such as phone chargers. We apologize for the inconvenience. Law professors may email Stephanie Finley ( and Rob Myers ( to obtain scans of needed print course reserve texts.

OhioLINK borrowing resumed on Aug. 10, 2020.

SJD students are informed about their personal librarians ' names, contact information and office hours by the Foreign Graduate Legal Studies at the beginning of their first semester. SJD students who have any concerns, comments and other requests may contact Andrew Dorchak, the head of the reference librarian. His e-mail address is

In addition to the personal librarian service, SJD students may consult to reference librarians who work in the reference desk during reference librarians' business hours. In particular, reference librarians sitting on the reference desk welcome to all type of research questions and other academic relating requests. If there are no patrons asking help from the reference desk, reference librarians may work on other projects. 


Preliminary Matters

We understand -- or at least we've heard -- that libraries in various countries throughout the world may operate (slightly) differently than libraries in the United States, or own Judge Ben C. Green Law Library. If you have any questions, please ask. It would be interesting 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.