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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.

Reference Service Hours

Spring Semester 2023 Reference Service Schedule*:

  • Monday - Thursday: 9am - 7pm
  • Friday: 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm

*As of 3/18/23.

How to obtain reference assistance:

See the Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library guide for more information.

Research Like a Boss!

Come join us for our upcoming sessions on various topics in legal research to help you hone (and own) your research skills!  All sessions qualify for Foundations of Practice credit for upper-level students. For in-person sessions, lunch will be provided.

Research Federal Statutes Like a Boss

Wondering how to find the current text of federal statutes? Not totally clear on the differences between a bill, an act, and a code section? This session will provide an overview of federal legislative and statutory research, including information about how to find federal bills and resolutions and how to conduct research in the United States Statutes at Large and the U.S. Code.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 1, Noon – 1pm (In-person: Room L202)
    RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6pm for Lunch.
  • Friday, Feb. 3: Noon – 1pm. Join via Zoom. This session will be recorded. Email Andrew Winston,, for a link to the presentation.

Research Regulations Like a Boss

Don’t know where to locate current and/or proposed and final agency regulations?  Or, where to find the history of a federal regulation?  Come join us and learn some essential tools and tips:

How to Bluebook Like a Boss

Super lost every time you pick up your Bluebook? Totally normal! Come learn how to navigate the pages (the paper and web kind) of The Bluebook. Got a paper to write? No problem! This session will focus on how to format law review footnotes. 

Finding Court Dockets & Case Filings Like a Boss

What are dockets & why should you learn about them? Most law students learn the ins and outs of reading cases, but don’t know where to start to find all the case filings that come before the decisions. That’s where docket research comes in. Come to this informal session and learn what dockets are, why they're important whether you want to work as a litigator or transactional lawyer, and how to find and search them yourself. 

  • Wed., Mar. 1: Noon-1pm (In person: Room B418) RSVP by Monday, Feb. 27, 6pm for lunch. This session will be recorded. Email Ken Rodriguez, or Tiffany Robson,, for a link to the presentation.


How to Research Like a Boss

Don’t know where to start with your research? Don’t know how to use our databases? Come learn some essential research tools that will make research less intimidating and more streamlined.

  • Friday, Mar. 10: 2:00pm – 2:45pm. This session will be held via Zoom and recorded. Please RSVP here, Zoom link will be provided upon filling out the form. (If you can't make it but also want the recording once available, please also RSVP.)