Reference Services


The Law Library’s reference librarians are your most valuable contact within the library. You may also phone us with your research questions at 408-554-4452 or e-mail us at

How can the Law Library’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
  • Eli Edwards:  Emerging Technologies Research Librarian

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

Reference Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 6:00 p.m.

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

Reference Desk Telephone:  408-554-4452

Legal Research

The Law Library’s reference librarians offer the following resources to make the legal research process a little easier:

  • 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.
  • The Law Library’s librarians are happy to provide tours to groups of 5-10 patrons. JUST ASK!
  • The Law Library’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

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 (the Law Library’s online library catalog). Simply fill out and submit the ILL form.