Faculty Services Guide (pdf)


Reference Desk





Alyssa Thurston (Interim) — 752-3330

Reference Librarians

Kristin Brandt — 754-1559

David Holt — 752-5112

Elisabeth McKechnie — 752-1916



Selected library databases are listed below.

  • Some databases provide remote access using a separate login and password. Please consult librarians for assistance with access or information about specific content.

CDL (California Digital Library):

Provides access to social science, political science, health, and biological databases, including EconLit, JSTOR, PsychINFO, MEDLINE, Business Source Complete, and others.


 Includes full-text back files of major law reviews. Access also is available to C.F.R., Federal Register, U.S. Statutes at Large, select federal legislative histories, U.S. Reports, English Reports, Legal Classics treatises, and more.

Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg:

Faculty have unlimited access to Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law, however, some resources are not available with the library’s academic library subscription.


CCH treatises online include Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Banking, Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property, Products Liability, Securities, and other business law topics.

CEB OnLaw:

CEB treatises, reporters and Action Guides on California law include topics such as: business law, criminal law, labor/employment law, estate planning, family law, litigation, real property and torts.

U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs:

Historical database Includes briefs, applications for writ, oral transcripts, petitions, etc. for both argued and cert denied cases, for years 1832-1978.

Current-Awareness: Alerts & Newspapers

Set up email alerts to receive current awareness updates on specific topics of interest. For assistance in setting up alerts, contact your librarian liaison or send a request to lawlibref@ucdavis.edu.

Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg e-mail alerts:

Customized searches in Lexis and Westlaw which run at regular intervals with results delivered to your email.

Smart CILP:

Receive email alerts identifying journal articles in specific journals or special areas of interest, with links to the full-text of the article in Lexis, Westlaw, or HeinOnline. For a list of law reviews and journals indexed by CILP, go to: http://lib.law.washington.edu/CILP/period.html As of 7/1/2013, over 570+ titles covered by CILP.


Create customized email alerts as new information is added to these databases.


Receive alerts for faculty working papers in your areas of interest. Any questions regarding submissions to SSRN/BePRESS, should be directed to the Law School Marketing & Public Relations Department at marketing@law.ucdavis.edu.

ExpressO & Scholastica:

Faculty may submit articles using ExpressO or Scholastica. Questions regarding submissions should be directed to Kristina Do-Vu, (kfcdo@ucdavis.edu) in the Accounting Department.

New Books:

Each month the new books list is posted on the library’s webpage and a link is sent to all faculty.

Archives and Faculty Display Cases

The library maintains a collection of faculty writings. Exhibits of recent faculty scholarship are located in display cases in the hallway outside the library lobby. To help maintain the currency of the collection, please send two print copies of each of your publications to the reference librarians in the Library. Due to lack of space, faculty will be asked to choose a limited number of items for display.

Library Liaison Program

A reference librarian is assigned to each law school faculty member to provide individualized assistance with research projects and services. At any time, however, any reference librarian can assist as needed. Email requests can be sent to lawlibref@ucdavis.edu.

Librarians are available to provide in-class presentations on course specific resources. Contact lawlibref@ucdavis.edu or your liaison librarian.

Faculty should contact lawlibref@ucdavis.edu for Lexis, Westlaw or Bloomberg training, or help with setting up Course Reserves, sample exams or other library services. 

Course Support

Course Reserves:

The Law Library maintains an area behind the Circulation desk for Course Reserves. Photocopied materials are supplied by Faculty Support Staff, who furnish a minimum of 4 copies to the Library. Items for Course Reserve should be furnished 24 hours in advance of notifying your class. Non-library materials will be returned to faculty at the end of the semester along with usage statistics.


The library maintains an online database of past exams/answers. Access to this database is password protected. Please furnish the library with electronic copies of exams that can be uploaded to the database. E-mail exam files to lawlibref@ucdavis.edu.

Course-Specific Research Guides/In Class Presentations:

Librarians will prepare a course-specific research guide for a particular class, upon request, which is especially helpful to students who are preparing a research paper. Librarians will provide an in-class presentation to review resources and discuss course specific research tips and techniques.

Complimentary/Evaluation Copies:

Most legal publishers provide complimentary review copies to law faculty for selected texts used in course instruction. To facilitate the ordering of review copies, the Library has prepared a guide found here.

Acquisitions & Delivery of Materials

Purchase Requests:

Faculty purchase requests should be directed to lawlibref@ucdavis.edu.

Document Delivery:

Faculty may request books, articles, reports etc. through their liaison or by sending a request to: lawlibref@ucdavis.edu. Materials will be delivered to you in whatever format you request.

ILL Requests:

Materials that are not available on campus can be borrowed elsewhere through Interlibrary Loan. Faculty may make direct requests through Request Melvyl online. To use Request Melvyl, you must activate your library privileges at Shields—see the directions below. You may direct ILL questions/requests to your liaison or Aaron Dailey at afdailey@ucdavis.edu.

Borrowing Privileges

Law faculty may borrow law library materials for an entire school year, subject to recall.

Shields/Campus Libraries:

The Law Library can set up a proxy account that will allow the library staff to check items out in your name. RAs and TAs can also set up proxy accounts for faculty. Proxy forms are available at the Law Library’s Circulation Desk.

Shields Library assesses fines for recalled and overdue items. You will also be charged replacement and billing fees for lost items. Shields will notify faculty members about recalls and overdue items directly by e-mail. For more detailed information about circulation policies and fines, please go to Shields webpage.

Reference & Research Assistance

Faculty Research Support:

Reference librarians assist with short-term or in-depth research projects involving legal, interdisciplinary or empirical research. Law Librarians are available to provide training to faculty in the use of all electronic re-sources. Contact lawlibref@ucdavis.edu for assistance.

RA Training and Support:
Reference librarians are available to meet with faculty and research assistants, individually or in groups, to advise on research projects and to provide training sessions on utilizing legal and non-legal sources. Group training sessions for research assistants are offered several times a year.