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Research Guide: Research at UVA Law Library

Start Your Research

What Do You NEED?

Major Law Databases

Law students and faculty have access to Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw, comprehensive legal databases that include cases, statutes, treatises, journal articles, and news. If you haven't activated your accounts, follow these directions.


Other Databases

The library subscribes to dozens of other databases that you may find useful.


Looking for a specific article?

If you have a citation you're trying to find, put the journal title in the search box below or use Journal Finder to learn what database holds your journal.

All journals from UVA Libraries (Print, microfilm, and eJournals)


Finding a Book

Law students have access to our extensive collection, as well as books from other UVA Libraries.


Getting your Book

If your book is located at the Law Library and marked 'On Shelf Now' in Virgo, then you can grab it from our stacks! Make a note of the call number and check where that will be on the map.

Is your book at another UVA library? No problem! The Student Delivery Service (SDS) retrieves books from other U.Va. libraries for law students.

Please note:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, SDS services have been suspended. Instead, please use the 'Request item' button in Virgo and choose 'Law' as your Preferred Pickup Location. Note: you'll need to be logged in to Virgo to make a request.


Staying off-Grounds this semester?

We know some students are working from a distance due to the pandemic, and we want to get you the library materials you need!

  • We can pull a book for you. If you prefer to spend less time in the Law Library - even if you’re taking classes on grounds this semester - you can ask us to retrieve the book and hold it at Circulation for you. Please use the "Request item" button in the Virgo catalog and choose "Law" as your Preferred Pickup Location. You’ll receive an email when the book is available for pickup. (Note: You’ll need to be logged in to Virgo to make a request.)
  • We can ship a book to you. For full books from any UVA Library, please use this form and UVA Libraries staff will contact you about options, like mailing the book to you.
  • We can make a scan for you. For chapters, articles, or pages from any UVA Library book, use the "Request a Scan" button in the Virgo catalog. (Note: If you don't see a "Request a Scan" button, that means your book is available to read on HathiTrust.)

Questions? Send us an email at refdesk@law.virginia.edu.

Subject Guides

Librarians have collected useful resources on the following topics for you:


Treatises by Subject

A list of treatises by subject has been compiled here.

Getting Started

Not sure where to find the resources you need? We've put together some best bets for you.


Ask a Reference Librarian

Expert reference librarians are on hand to help guide your research! You can contact a librarian in several ways:

  • By email: refdesk@law.virginia.edu
  • Schedule a consultation: Our research librarians are available to help students develop research plans and to guide students through successful use of the library's extensive collections.
  • At the 2nd floor Reference desk:
    Please note:

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reference Desk is closed. You can find us at our virtual reference desk by emailing refdesk@law.virginia.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!


Services for the Public

The Law Library can provide research guidance, but we cannot interpret the law or provide legal advice. We cannot, for example, find statutes applicable to a particular subject or a specific set of facts. This is an inquiry that requires you to exercise your own legal judgment. If you need help analyzing a legal problem, please consult an attorney.

Email reference service is intended primarily for students, faculty, and staff of the University of Virginia. If you are not affiliated with UVA, we will reply to your inquiry only if it relates to the School of Law or to a resource unique to the Law Library.