Arthur J. Morris Law Library
|Empirical research is a growing part of legal scholarship. It requires a broader set of tools than the traditional legal scholar may be acquainted with. The Law Library supports our faculty's empirical research projects in a number of ways.|
It's tedious to scan hundreds of documents, let alone extract relevant data from them. The library staff can automate data collection tasks to produce datasets in a variety of formats.
Library staff work primarily in SAS and STATA and can open, import/export files to Excel (or other formats), join to other datasets, and otherwise manipulate files according to your needs.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
A significant amount of data is place-based and GIS allows users to make query and display data based on place (i.e. zip code, ½ mile within a major river, etc.) and/or on attributes (i.e. counties with a median income above $50,000). If you have a project where spatial analysis would be of interest please contact a reference librarian.
Visualization and Display of Data
It's true that a picture is worth a thousand words. The library staff can design web pages with charts and graphs that represent empirical data in a visually compelling way. See Professor Brandon Garrett's Federal Organizational Prosecution Agreements web page for one example.
Empirical Studies Publications in the UVA Law Library
Featured resources for empirical legal research held by the UVA Libraries:
Empirical Data Search Engines
Empirical Research Support Available through UVA's Main Grounds
Recent Law Library acquisitions relating to empirical legal research and study: