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Ask-a-Librarian

During normal hours, reference librarians are generally available Mon-Thu 8:00 am. to 8:00 p.m., Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For recess and holiday hours, consult the calendar. Presently, librarians are available from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Send your help request to lawlibref@ucdavis.edu.

Working on a research paper?

Law students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a librarian. Contact: (530) 752-0210 or lawlibref@ucdavis.edu.

Summer Research Assistants

Reference Librarians are available to help RA's learn more about searching interdisciplinary databases and locating materials housed in other libraries. All RA's are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a Reference Librarian. Contact: 752-0210 or write lawlibref@ucdavis.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find articles?
See Find Articles page.

What online databases can law students and faculty access?
See Find Databases page.

Reference Librarians

Elisabeth McKechnie

Elisabeth McKechnie graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1988 and practiced primarily insurance defense law for six years. She graduated from San Jose State University School of Library Science with an M.L.I.S. in 1999. 

David Brian Holt

David Brian Holt graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and received his M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University. Previously he has served as a branch librarian at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as the Emerging Technologies law librarian at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Kristin Brandt

Kristin Brandt is a member of the California bar and has a background as a litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she also served as head of attorney training and development. She graduated from UCLA School of Law and will receive her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University in December. Previous to her current position, she worked at San Francisco Law Library.

Alyssa Thurston

Alyssa Thurston, Senior Reference Law Librarian, joined the reference team October 1 and is providing research services to King Hall students, faculty, and other patrons. Alyssa comes to UC Davis from the Pepperdine University School of Law Library, where she served as Head of Reference Services as well as Research and Electronic Services Librarian.  She obtained her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and her M.L.I.S. (with a specialization in law librarianship) from the University of Washington. She is also a member of the California State Bar.

Stephanie Chavez

Stephanie Chavez, Research Librarian, joined the reference team March 1. She provides research services to King Hall students, faculty, and other patrons. Previously, she served as Director of the Yolo County Law Library. Stephanie has a strong interest in access to justice; she serves on Yolo County’s Library Advisory Board and is active in Access to Justice for Californians. She obtained her J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law with a concentration in Capital Lawyering and her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University.