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Research Guides

These guides provide starting points for researching a legal topic, identifying relevant resources in the Burns Law Library collection and beyond. For additional research assistance, go to the Library website.

Library & Reference Desk Hours

Spring 2020 Reference Service schedule*:

  • Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
  • Friday: 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm

*Hours may vary; please contact the reference desk (202.994.6647) to confirm hours of operation. 

The reference desk is located on the First Floor of the Law Library.

Other ways to obtain reference assistance:

See the Library Hours page for more information.

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Reference Librarians offer classroom-based sessions on specific research topics for students writing papers. The following classes will be offered spring semester:


Developing a Paper Topic
Thurs., Jan. 23, 2020: Noon - 1:00 pm
Location: S304

Contact: Karen Wahl,

Research Essentials
Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020:  Noon - 1:00 pm
Location: S304

Contact: Traci Emerson,


Introduction to the Bluebook
Thurs., Feb. 27, 2020:  Noon - 1:00 pm
Location: S304

Contact: Mary Kate Hunter,

Ask Us @ Info Desk

Reference Librarians are available for research or library services assistance.

Location: First Floor-Information Desk--South Side

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Noon - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Noon - 2:00 pm
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Noon - 2:00 pm
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 11

Noon -2:00 pm
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 25

Noon  - 2:00 pm
3:00 - 4:00 pm