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Reference Services for Faculty
Contact Cynthia Pittson, Head of Reference Services (422-4482), if any of these services is of interest to you.
Librarians are available throughout the year to conduct research sessions on discrete areas of law. A class session given by a reference librarian to review the research tools in areas such as tax, civil rights, securities, international, or administrative law has often been of significant assistance to students. In addition, it allows the students to complete the upper level research and citation workshop requirement. The librarians can also prepare research guides and other bibliographic aids to complement your course syllabus, speech, a presentation by a guest lecturer, or a colloquium.
A wide variety of guides have been prepared by the reference librarians and are available for your use. Of special interest are the tip sheets on Bluebooking, both for legal documents and for law reviews. Many of these handouts are available on the Library's Research Guides website.
Training Research Assistants
Faculty members who have their own student research assistants should ask them to contact Cynthia Pittson (422-4482) as soon as they are hired in order to schedule a mandatory library orientation. The orientation sessions last approximately one hour, and students are required to attend one before they begin to work as faculty research assistants. Students will be paid for the hour they spend in training. The training will cover resources available through the Library, interlibrary and intercampus loans, and research techniques.
Some semeters the Library employs, trains, and supervises one or more students who work within the Library to assist with faculty research assignments. These Student Research Assistants work under the direct supervision of the Head of Reference Services and are available primarily to help faculty members who do not have assigned Research Assistants; however, they can aid other faculty members on a "time available" basis.
Cynthia Pittson, Head of Reference Services, can arrange a Library tour for faculty members upon request. A tour will provide you with a general introduction to the Law Library’s collection, as well as the physical design of the building. We especially urge new and visiting professors to take advantage of this service.
Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law
The Law School subscribes to Lexis and Westlaw. Please contact Cynthia Pittson to arrange for training and passwords. Bloomberg Law issues academic passwords through its Request a Law School Account option. N.B. You must use your Pace Law School email address to obtain a BLaw password.
A wealth of information is accessible over the Internet and can be located via the Law Library's website. Electronic access to the Law Library means that many research services of the traditional library are available twenty-four hours a day.
Some of the special Internet projects the Law Library has launched include the CISG database, which is a collection of material on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and the Law collections in the Pace Digital Commons.