Summer RAs can tour the library, our collections, and our services virtually via the MacMillan Law Library (MLL) website. The MLL website is our primary research portal, and includes links to databases, Emory’s catalog, WorldCat, ILLiad (for ILL requests), research support, finding aids, and other library services. Students can also find important information about library operations, such as library hours, staff, borrowing policies, and study room reservations.
Additional links to research guides, study aids, and descriptions of our numerous collections, including the law school archives, rare books, leisure reading, Feminism and Legal Theory, and other special collections are available on the MLL home page.
Research guides are a tool to make legal research and your life this summer easier and go more smoothly. A Legal Research Guide is a reliable exploration of an area of law and the main resources you should use to perform research in that area. Research guides succinctly introduce and discuss the area of law (for example, intellectual property law) and then provide an annotated list of resources or online links you can use when researching in that particular area of law. Using a research guide will teach you some basics, save you time and point you to reliable resources. An on point legal research guide can help you hit the legal research ground running.
The MacMillan Law Library currently has over 50 research guides under the “Library Research Guides” link on the library home page. The guides were drafted by the reference librarians using a software platform called “Libguides”. Sometimes we refer to our research guides as “our Libguides”. The guides open to a general introductory page with targeted tabs across the top of it. Each tab contains more detailed information, links and guidance on researching within your legal area. Checking the list of research guides that Emory has available should be one of the first things you do when you begin your legal research projects this summer.
If you need to contact one of the librarians you met at the RA Workshop, click the library staff link here to access the staff directory; or, if on our home page, go to “About the Library” (top left column of our website) and select "Library Staff." The MLL staff is comprised of friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful professionals who are ready to assist you. We are just an email or phone call away!
Lost? Not quite sure how to find library materials? Answers to these questions and more are accessible through the MLL home page.
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Several more options are available under "Our Services." Be sure to spend a little time familiarizing yourself with our website before your research begins.
Tips for Accessing Material Remotely:
Finding and accessing legal databases is a much easier task when launching your search from the MLL website. Direct links to databases are available for easy access to Emory's subscription-based and free sources.
Click here to browse our alphabetical list of databases or to search for legal databases by subject. Quick links to frequently used databases are also available on the MLL home page.
Researchers can link to free law-related electronic sources by choosing from our suggested list of primary sources, secondary sources, and foreign law and international sources.
If you need interdisciplinary sources, click here, or select “Databases” from the left-side menu on the MLL Electronic Resources page. From this access point, you will be able to browse Woodruff Library’s full collection of databases (i.e., Databases@Emory). To view a list of suggested databases for interdisciplinary journals and statistics, click here to jump to the "Beyond Westlaw & Lexis" tab in this guide.
Having trouble getting started with your research project? Don’t fret, our librarians are here to help! Summer RA’s may request an appointment to meet with a librarian to discuss research strategies and useful sources to propel your research. Our librarians will be happy to assist you!