Research Librarians are here to help you access our materials and develop strategies and skills to support your research.
Contact a Research Librarian
We’re available to help you find materials in the Library and answer questions about legal research.
Members of the Harvard Law community can schedule a meeting with a Librarian for in-depth research support for:
- Legal research assignments
- Journal articles, seminar papers, graduate theses
- RA or clinical assignments, and more
The Librarians can help you develop research strategies, learn new sources and skills and efficiently navigate the research process.
- Ask Us! – Submit a question, schedule an appointment or search our knowledge base
- Email: email@example.com
- Chat (instant messaging) with a Librarian (HLS only)
- Phone: 617-495-4516
Classes and Other Training
Simple steps to help you get started.
Using HOLLIS Catalog to Find Library Materials
1. View this short video explaining how to use HOLLIS .
2. Go to the HOLLIS Catalog (hollis.harvard.edu) and sign in with your HarvardKey credentials.
3. Run your search. If you want the search results to include articles, make sure the “Catalog & Articles” option is selected in the search box.
4. Read general information and answers to frequently-asked questions about HOLLIS.
5. If you need help finding a book in the library, visit our Finding Items at HLSL guide or visit the law library’s Circulation Desk.
6. If you need help crafting your HOLLIS searches or understanding your search results, get in touch with a research librarian.
Find a Topic for My Research Paper
1. Read our Finding a Paper Topic Guide.
2. Watch our Finding an LLM Paper Topic video (also useful for JDs).
3. Make an appointment with a Research Librarian for a 30-minute consultation.
Using the Bluebook Legal Citation System
1. If you don’t have one, borrow a copy of the Bluebook from the Law Library’s Reserve Collection at the Circulation Desk.
2. Watch introduction to the Bluebook Legal Citation System.
3. Read our Bluebook Legal Citation System Guide.
1. Visit the library’s Circulation Desk to (a) find books on the shelves, (b) get a book from the “Reserve” collection, (c) check out a book, (d) resolve a problem with a printer or a scanner, or (e) get more information about the library’s services and policies.
2. If you need help with research, get in touch with a research librarian.
3. Problems with your HarvardKey credentials? HLS information technology service can help troubleshoot HarvardKey issues.
Services for Clinics & Journals
Clinics & Student Practice Organizations (SPOs)
We’re here to assist instructors, students, and staff associated with a clinic or SPO.
Support for Instructors
- A dedicated Library Liaison
- Help with developing online content
- Delivering in-class or stand-alone training classes
- Research planning
- Help identifying tools and resources
Read more on our Library Services for Clinics and SPOs Guide.
Each journal is assigned a Library Liaison to help with:
- Training sessions on efficiently locating sources
- Article Preview service to identify difficult sources
- Tracking down hard-to-find sources
- Answering questions about Library policies and services
Find your Library Liasion and learn more with our Library Services to Journals Guide.