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Research at the BC Law Library

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The BC Law Library staff is dedicated to providing excellent research assistance to its primary clientele: the students, faculty, and staff of BC Law.  Whether the research need is for a quick fact check or in-depth research assistance, the law librarians are eager to help. The Law Library staff operates a unified service point, the Information Desk, where all users may request assistance.  The Information Desk is located at the main entrance of the Law Library.  In addition to in-person consultations at the Information Desk, the law librarians offer research assistance by e-mail, text messaging, chat and personal appointments.

The BC Law Library’s structure is integrated to provide seamless access to research assistance, technology support, and circulation services. The Law Library is an integral part of BC Law School under the direction of Associate Dean Filippa Marullo Anzalone, Professor and Associate Dean for Library and Technology Services.

Role of reference librarians
Reference services are provided by a team of law librarians who each hold both a J.D. and a master’s degree in library/information science from accredited institutions.

Student research assistance: BC law librarians provide in-depth support for law students’ research in many capacities, including citation checking, paper topic selection, assistance with clinical assignments, and the effective use of print and electronic resources. Students working as research assistants for law faculty members are encouraged to contact the reference librarians for training and individualized support for their projects.

Faculty research: BC law librarians provide in-depth research assistance to faculty members through the faculty liaison program. Research services are detailed in the Faculty Services page.