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Introductory Guide for First Year Students

This guide will help new law students get started with Law School and become more familiar with the Law Library.

What Is Reference?

Beyond providing access to materials like books, videos, and online content, Reference is one of the most fundamental things that we do at the Law Library. The Reference Desk is a physical place in the library (see picture below), but Reference is the service we provide. Reference services can include any of the following:

  • Research assistance
  • Research Methods and Advanced Legal Research help when permissible by the professor
  • Topic brainstorming
  • Bluebook help
  • Finding case filings
  • Directing you to other law school resources

GSU Law Library Reference Desk

How Do You Access Reference

The usual answer would be, "come see us at the reference desk!"  However, times have changed and so have our Reference Desk practices. The Reference Desk is currently not open for face-to-face questions. However, we are still providing reference services in the following ways:

  • Chat Reference (see picture below) - Our chat reference is available at http://lawlibrary.gsu.edu and staffed during normal reference hours.  Ask any question you'd normally ask in person.
  • Phone - We're happy to discuss research over the phone. You can set up a time for a consultation either through chat or email. Usually, we can take phone calls right away, and realize that sometimes it's faster to talk through issues.
  • Email - Feel free to email your Research Methods Professor, Personal Librarian, or the Reference email address at lawreference@gsu.edu

Chat Reference Box

Who, What, When?

Hours

The Reference Desk is typically staffed as described in the table below. See https://lawlibrary.gsu.edu/calendar/ for exact hours.

Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday - Sunday
8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Meet Our Reference Librarians

Reference is staffed by professional librarians and occasionally by well trained Graduate Research Assistants.  All reference Librarians at Georgia State College of Law have both a Law and Library graduate degree, representing a wealth of legal research experience. They're also super nice!


Pam Brannon

Pam Brannon

Coordinator of Faculty Services

pbrannon@gsu.edu

Meg Butler

Associate Director for Public Services

mbutler@gsu.edu

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Gerard Fowke

Digital Services Librarian

gfowke@gsu.edu

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Terrance Manion

Discovery and Research Services Librarian

terrance@gsu.edu

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Patrick Parsons

Coordinator of Reference and Instruction Services

pparsons@gsu.edu

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Cassandra Patterson

Reference and Outreach Librarian

cpatterson31@gsu.edu

Research Guides

Many of your reference questions can be answered by consulting the library's Research Guides. These guides are organized by subject, with each designed to provide an accessible introduction to a specific research topic.

In particular, first-year students will want to check out these guides:


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