Submitted by Law Library on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:16pm
"Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”
Legal research can be intimidating, especially in the beginning. You often a) don’t understand the concepts, b) don’t know the vocabulary, and c) above all, don’t want anyone to find out about “a” or “b”. Later you’ll realize that no one around you understands any more than you do; in the meantime take advantage of “Live Chat”.
Live Chat was designed to do two things. First, to conserve what law students have the least of: time. The faster Task A is completed the sooner you can receive your reward: the “opportunity” to move on to Tasks B, C, D, and E. Click on Live Chat and you’ll be immediately connected with a reference librarian who can help you stop beating on the wall and find the door.
Second, research has shown that at some schools a majority of students are not even aware of the electronic catalog. As a result they simply wander into the stacks or onto electronic databases and hope serendipity will provide what they need. Using Live Chat, a reference librarian can provide structure to searches by teaching how information in databases and print materials is organized. From there specific resources can be identified and their location pinpointed for easy access.
Look for a blue circle with a question mark and the words “Ask a Librarian” on law library webpages. They’ll link you to Live Chat. Save your forehead from further pounding and your time for the rest of the work you need to get done.