Search Virgo Catalog or law library website
This guide has quick tips to help you locate sources for your cite check and deal with hard-to-find sources and tricky citations.
Finding hard copies in the Library
Need a Bluebook? We have them in hard copy at the Circulation Desk. It's a good idea to get to know the Bluebook in print first, to understand the different types of citation rules. Once you're familiar with the rules, it is convenient to be able to access them online - students can click here to request an access key for the Bluebook Online, http://www.legalbluebook.com.
If your journal requires page images of sources, look for PDFs in these databases. Link to the databases both on and off-grounds from the lefthand column of this guide and on the Law Library's homepage:
Statutes and regulations
Law journal articles – Use the tool in the lefthand column to pull them up by citation in HeinOnline.
Non-law journal articles – Use the Journal Finder to link to journals online, and to find hard copies in a UVA library. If you have trouble finding an article, ask the Reference Desk. If it's not available through UVA, you can request an interlibrary loan – more on that below.
Quickly link from Google Scholar to articles' full text in UVA-subscribed databases by clicking “find this @ UVA libraries”:
Alderman Library has the New York Times and Washington Post on microform, and Darden has the Wall Street Journal. Use Journal Finder to check if the issue you need is available (the microforms generally are current up to the prior month’s issues). Use Virgo's 'Request Item' button to request the microform you need, and Reference Desk staff can show you how to use the microform readers on the Library’s second floor.
For older newspaper articles try ProQuest Historical Newspapers:
For articles in other papers, search UVA Libraries' Newspapers on Microfilm to see if UVA has what you need.
Documents from Court Cases (petitions, briefs, etc.)
Bloomberg Law has federal case documents and some state court documents. Go to its "Litigation Intelligence Center" link in the lefthand column > "Search Dockets." Be sure to click the "update docket" link when you pull up a case.
Westlaw has some federal case filings - check a case's "filings" tab.
Supreme Court -
SCOTUSblog’s “merits cases” pages have PDFs of briefs starting with the 2007 Term.
The American Bar Association links to merits briefs back to 2004.
For older cases, go to the Making of Modern Law subscription database (1832-1978).
Organizations filing amici curiae briefs in a case sometimes post the briefs on their websites.
Use Virgo to find books in UVA libraries. A simple title/author search usually works – ask the Reference Desk if you can’t find what you need. Use the 'Request Item' button to have books sent over from other UVA libraries and pick them up at the Law Library’s Circulation Desk (allow 2-3 days for transit).
When UVA doesn't have what you need...
First, ask the Reference Desk. If we can’t find it together, request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Here’s how:
ILL early! Interlibrary loan requests can take a week or more, so assess which items you need to ILL at the start of your source gathering (requests for scans generally take less time).
Keep up with the books you ILL! Be sure not to lose them, and return them on time! You'll receive an e-mail reminder a week before the due date. Some items can be renewed for a short time, but due dates are not otherwise flexible.