Research Services

The seven members of the Teaching & Research (T&R) department provide reference and research assistance to all members of the Boston College Law School community. All T&R librarians have a J.D. and an M.S. in Library & Information Science.  

Research services include:

  • Consultations on research and search strategy
  • Lexis, Westlaw, and other database training
  • Advising on best starting points for legal research
  • Advising on identifying and researching paper topics
  • Help locating specific legal materials
  • Assistance with law review citation checks and source collection
  • Faculty research support and guest lectures on research topics




To get live help with a research question, you can chat with a research librarian during our scheduled reference hours.

Request a Research Consultation

Use this form to request an online or in-person appointment with a research librarian. We can help you get started with a research project or paper, train you on legal databases, give you tips on navigating the Bluebook, or help you locate specific sources. You can choose a specific librarian or the first available.   

Email or Call

Email us your research questions to and we'll get back to you by the next business. You also can call us at 617-552-2971 during our scheduled reference hours.

Popular Databases

The Boston College Law Library subscribes to a wide variety of legal databases and sources for legal literature (and beyond). Links to some of the more popular databases are included below. There is an A-Z List of Law Library databases on the Law Library's website, or you can also search the full list of databases using the search box below.