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Reference and Research

If you are studying or writing a paper in a specific area of the law, our legal topics pages or our subscription databases are a good place to begin your research. These pages link to websites, research guides, and resources that have been evaluated and selected by the Reference Librarians.

If you are looking for aid in bluebooking or more generally in scholarly writing, then the pages on Law Review Research may help.

The Librarians are actively involved in research training, and offer advanced or refresher trainings in Westlaw and Lexis for students. Please note that our Westlaw and Lexis contracts limit usage to educational purposes.

The New England Law Librarians staff the reference desk:

  • Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Reference Librarians are also available through chat, email, and phone. The reference desk phone number is (617) 422-7299.


If you need assistance finding materials in the library, you can consult PORTIA or ask at the Information Desk for help. We circulate laptops, tape recorders, and dvd players.


If the Law Library does not own a resource, the material can be requested from another library through an interlibrary loan. If you would like to suggest a purchase, we will consider it. For details, click here.

Class Materials

At the beginning of each semester, the library publicizes first assignments and posts syllabi. We also archive exams from prior semesters, and provide CALI authorization codes for exam preparation and review. Please ask at the reference desk if you need the CALI authorization code.

Group Study Rooms and Carrels

The library has 13 rooms available for students to reserve for group study. For rules and policies on reserving these rooms, click here. New England Law students can also reserve one of 9 carrels to store materials for on-going research projects.

Career Resources

The Career Resources LibGuide lists materials held both in the main library and in the Career Services Office.

Printing and copying

Networked printing stations are at a central location on each floor of the library. To print from a laptop, students need to download a small program from the Technology and Media services site. Here is a direct link to Student Printing - Print Driver Packets. 

Copicards are used at copier on the first floor, and also at the print stations located on all floors of the library. Copy card vending machines are located on the first floor and basement level (patrons need to start with a $1.00 and then can add additional value to a card). In addition, the copier on the first floor accepts $1 and $5 bills and gives change.

A microform reader/printer is located on the basement level of the library. The reader/printer is set up to scan microform images. Paper copies of microforms are free to print.


free scannerTwo scanners, located in the basement of the library, can save to a usb drive or send the scanned document to email. The color resolution is excellent. The scanners will save in Word, PDF, or searchable PDF format, and walk you through the process with exceptionally clear directions. The scanners also scan books easily, as they are designed to let you hang the book over the corner to avoid losing the words at the bend in the middle.