Reference Services

Heafey’s reference librarians are your most valuable contact within the library.  The Reference Desk is located on the first floor of Heafey Law Library.  You may also phone us with your research questions at 408-554-4452 or e-mail us at lawref@scu.edu.

How can Heafey’s reference librarians help with legal research?

  • We can help you begin your research by suggesting a variety of print and electronic resources about your topic.
  • We can find materials for you in our online catalog, OSCAR.
  • We can assist with law review citation checks by tracking down hard-to-find materials and deciphering obscure legal citations.
  • We can explain how to use electronic databases.
  • If the item that you need is not available in our library, we can help you use Link+ or our interlibrary loan system to find the material in other library collections.
  • If you have a research question, you may also use this online submission form to Ask a Librarian.

Each reference librarian has different areas of expertise.  If your research project involves any of the areas listed below, we invite you to contact us for assistance with your research strategy:

  • Prano Amjadi:  Intellectual Property; Copyright in Schools and Libraries
  • Ellen Platt:   Federal Legislative History; Government Documents
  • Mary Sexton:  Foreign, Comparative, and International Law; Federal Taxation
  • William Logan: Federal Legislative History; Liaison for Lexis/WestLaw Services
  • David Holt:  Electronic Resources

If you are SCU faculty you will be assigned a librarian as your personal liaison.  Refer to this list to see which librarian has been assigned to you.

Reference Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Holiday, vacation, and summer Reference Desk hours may vary.

Reference Desk Telephone:  408-554-4452

Legal Research

Heafey’s reference librarians offer the following resources to make the legal research process a little easier:   book

  • Legal Research Guides.
  • A series of video tapes by Robert C. (Bob) Berring on research topics, shelved in the Stauffer Reserve Room, provide an introduction to legal research topics and sources.
  • Heafey’s librarians are happy to provide tours to groups of 5-10 patrons. JUST ASK!
  • Heafey’s reference librarians are always willing to assist you with your legal research.  Please feel free to stop by the Reference Desk or a reference librarian’s office: you are not interrupting!!

Interlibrary Loan

Mailbag If you cannot locate a specific item in the Law Library or in the Main University Library, you may use Heafey’s interlibrary loan system to obtain the materials. You may make an interlibrary loan request in any of the following ways:

  • You may visit the Reference Desk and ask a reference librarian to assist you with your request;
  • If a reference librarian is not immediately available, you may fill out an interlibrary loan request form and leave it at the Reference Desk.
  • You may also make an interlibrary loan request on OSCAR (Heafey’s online library catalog). Simply fill out and submit the ILL form.