What Reference Librarians Can Do to Help Your Teaching

Reference Librarians can assist you with your instructional needs by giving library tours for classes and more!

Research Instruction Sessions

Reference Librarians can give one-on-one, group, and in-class presentations about library and information resources.

We can are available to come to your class and provide a guest lecture on the resources available in a specific area of law or on researching for scholarly papers.  We ask that you schedule guest lectures at least one week in advance to allow librarians time to prepare presentations.

In order to prepare for the lecture, it is helpful if you provide the librarian with your syllabus, copies of the assignment or research project when applicable and a list of any library resources you would like included in the instruction session.

To schedule a guest lecture or instruction session, please contact your library liaison or send a request to library@jmls.edu.

Resource Guides

Librarians prepare specialized guides that act as research guides for classes and courses.  Examples of research guides that the library has made include the International Legal Research Guide, Finding Forms Research Guide, Employee Benefits Research Guide and the Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Resource Guide.

The Research Guides are available via the library’s website or at http://libraryguides.jmls.edu where you can see a list of specialized course and subject guides.  If you have a suggestion for a guide or if you would like to request that a specific research guide be developed for your course, please contact your library liaison or email library@jmls.edu.

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JMLS Instructional Resources Guide

As you work on preparing for your fall courses, please check out the Instructional Resources Guide that we have created for faculty.

The guide describes many of the teaching resources in our collection and available on the web.  One of recommended resources is the ProfHacker blog from The Chronicle of Higher Education that offers “tips, tutorials, and commentary on pedagogy, productivity, and technology in higher education.”

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Electronic Resources available at JMLS

The library subscribes to a large number of databases and electronic research services, all linked from the Library website. They include:

Law-based databases:

Not specifically legal databases:

While here at JMLS, you will not need passwords to access databases, with the exception of Lexis and Westlaw.
All of the library’s databases can be accessed from home. You can access these databases through the proxy server, entering your JMLS username and password. The only exceptions are Lexis and Westlaw where you will need a personalized password.
If you need your Lexis or Westlaw password, contact Thomas Keefe at x551 or your library liaison.

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What Services Does the Library Provide?: Scholarship Support


One of the most important missions of the John Marshall Law Library is to serve the research and instructional needs of our faculty.

Each full-time faculty member is teamed with a reference librarian who has both a J.D. and a Masters degree in Information Science. This librarian serves as that faculty member’s point of contact with the library and can frequently assist with research projects.  If you are a full-time faculty member and aren’t sure who is your liaison is, send an email to library [at] @jmls[.]edu or call Claire Toomey Durkin, x560.

Research Support

Librarians help faculty with ongoing research needs including online database training, including Lexis/Westlaw, HeinOnline, BNA, RIA, CCH, and JSTOR; and literature searches (articles, books, etc.). For research support, contact your liaison or the reference desk at x729.

Citation Support

Library Research Fellows help faculty prepare articles for publication, including: finding sources, cite-checking, and Bluebooking citations. For citation support, contact Raizel Liebler, x430, 8Liebler [@]jmls [.]edu.

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Publishing Tips for Faculty Part 1: Washington and Lee Rankings

One of the most important considerations in law review publication is – Where to submit?

Washington and Lee’s Law Review Rankings (http://lawlib.wlu.edu/lj/) can help you determine where to submit or accept possible publication. The Washington and Lee website can selectively display law reviews limited by a number of factors, such as specialty, publication format (print or online) and country of publication.

Washington and Lee Law Journals Rankings

In addition, the site includes an objective, empirical means of ranking journals, based on total number of citations and impact factor (average number of annual citations to articles in each journal).

If you have any questions about using this website to hone in on the right journals for submission, please contact your library liaison or the reference desk.

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Hello JMLS faculty!

The purpose of this site is to assist John Marshall Law School faculty with their technology, teaching, and research needs.

We also include tips to help you with our new eCommons site!

This site is brought to you by the Academic Technology Department and the Faculty Services Committee at the Biro Library at John Marshall.

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