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The Law Library’s website is your starting point for accessing the library’s catalog, electronic databases, and other research services. For more information on how to conduct legal research, please see the TMLL Guide to Legal Research.
The most important thing to remember is that the Research Librarians are here to help you with your research. Try to follow the 10 Minute Rule: if you’ve been looking for something for more than 10 minutes and aren’t having any luck—come ask us! Each Journal has a library liaison, and this is usually the best person to contact with questions about research. If the library liaison is not available, or if you have a general question, you can ask at the Information Desk at the library entrance, call the Desk at 410-706-6502, or visit our offices. The Research Librarians all have offices on the fourth floor, to the left of the main staircase. If you need your journal's copy code, please see Michele Ondra in the Library Administrative Office 2203.
Please remember to request and to check out books through the "managing editor account" for your journal. Be mindful that the journal account can accrue fines for which your journal is responsible.
Print "When Available"
Cite checking must rely on the permissive use of the language “when available.” Many states have begun to discontinue printed official legal resources, instead relying on online versions. In turn, many libraries have cancelled the print versions of primary and secondary sources that are otherwise readily available online. When a print copy of cited material is not available through our library or cannot be provided by the article’s author, most journal editors have learned to use HeinOnline, Jstor and other versions online. We have a great handout here detailing where editors may find the PDFs of materials that once were in print.
The Bluebook’s Rule 18 has changed considerably, primarily to allow increased citation to Internet sources. Specific changes include a revision to Rule 18.2, which states that the Bluebook "requires the use and citation of traditional printed sources when available, unless there is a digital copy of the source available that is authenticated, official, or an exact copy of the printed source, as described in rule 18.2.1." Guidance for citation to webpage titles of main pages and subheadings was also expanded in Rule 18.2.2(b). These changes to Rule 18, allowing citation to official, authenticated, or exact Internet copies of cited materials, is also reflected in Rules 10, 12, 15, 16, and 17. This is a more flexible standard for electronic sources in the Bluebook’s 19th edition than that of the 18th edition, which required use and citation of traditional printed sources unless such sources were pretty much unavailable.
In addition, please note that Rule B4.1.3 states that regional reporters take precedence over official state reports. The Library has in print the seven regional reporters through 2011, and most official state reporters through the mid-1990s on the third floor.
Journal members can contact their journal's library liaision for help using library resources and services. If you need your journal's copy code, please see Michele Ondra in the Library Administrative Office 2203.
Journal of Business & Technology Law
Journal of Health Care Law and Policy
Maryland Journal of International Law
Maryland Law Review
University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class
Law Journals in the Digital Commons
Five student-edited journals are included in the Digital Commons, the law school’s institutional repository. In order to increase readership and discoverability, current issues of each journal are posted online. To achieve that goal, it is essential that close contact with members of the editorial boards is maintained throughout the editorial and production cycle, and that pdfs of the latest content are sent to the library as soon as they are available – ideally simultaneously with the publication of the printed issues. Please contact Nathan Robertson if you have questions about the Digital Commons in general or about procedures for submitting content in particular.