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Research Guides

Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library

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We're here to help you and answer your questions about legal research.

Visit us at the reference desk, located on the first floor of Burns.

Use our online guides for information about our services and for help with research questions.


Come to the Law Library

We welcome GW Law alumni to use the law library.  Present  your GWorld alumni card or a GW Law alumni card upon entering the library.  If you don't have a card, you'll be asked to make a brief stop at the reference desk.  Prior to visiting the library, we encourage alumni to browse JACOB, our online catalog, to locate legal materials relevant to their research.

GW Law alumni may obtain a law alumni card from the Dean's Office, E214, 202.994.6288, or from the reference desk on the first floor of the law library.

For a GWorld alumni card, please visit the GWorld Card Office in the Marvin Center;click here for more information.

Special Services for GW Law Alumni

Westlaw and Bloomberg Law

GW Law alumni may use Westlaw and Bloomberg Law at no charge via dedicated computers located on the first floor of the Law Library.  While these services may not provide access to all Westlaw or Bloomberg Law databases,they both provide access to many of their features including major secondary publications.  GW Law alumni may obtain the log on key for the respective service from the circulation desk (1st floor).

Specialized Legal Databases

GW Law alumni may also use other popular databases from dedicated computers in the law library on the first floor, including HeinOnline and Cheetah (Wolters Kluwer).  For more information about these resources, see our Online Databases, Books, Journals and Articles at the Burns Law Library.

Off-campus access is available for the Hein Online Law Journal Collection, through the GW Law alumni portal.  Log in to the the Alumni Community, then use the drop down menu for Benefits & Services to click on GW Law Library Resources.  Follow the instructions to sign into Hein Online.

Burns Dispatch

Burns Dispatch is our not-for-profit, fee based service for reproduction or circulation of items in our collection.  Use Burns Dispatch to request items from the law library. 

In the D.C. Metro area or across country--we send books by UPS or we email photocopies as PDF attachments.  Copyright restrictions apply to requests for reproduction.

Email or send your request by fax to: