The reference librarians are here to help you use the Law Library to its fullest and to help connect you to the information you need. We offer many services in order to meet the information needs of a variety of different patrons. Please don't hesitate to ask a librarian any questions!
While we do our best to provide reference assistance all of our patrons, Seton Hall Law patrons, and patrons physically in the Law Library are given priority.
Reference librarians are available to provide research assistance to students, faculty and staff during Reference Hours. These highly trained librarians regularly answers a wide variety of questions from the most basic to the more advanced. Students often seek help in choosing and using the proper database or finding the right book. But a large percentage of queries are more advanced and require extensive knowledge of the Law Library’s eDatabases and collections. These questions can involve limiting searches to scholarly research or peer-reviewed publications or locating that most esoteric bibliographic reference from the 1700’s. Faculty are frequent users of this valuable assistance.
In-Depth Research Assistance:
For in-depth research assistance, reference librarians are available by appointment for one-on-one reference consultation and instruction. Scheduling an appointment allows librarians time to provide in-depth help with your research. If you need immediate assistance, please stop by the Reference Desk during Reference Hours, call 973-642-8861, or email LawLibRef@shu.edu
This service is only available to the Seton Hall Law community.
For the more intricate questions, you can also email your question to LawLibRef@shu.edu. The reference email account is monitored by reference librarians Monday - Friday, and they try to responds in a timely fashion.
Reference librarians also answer questions over the telephone. Please feel free to contact us at 973-642-8861 for remote access navigation and other quick questions. Please remember, however, that the person in the Law Library comes first; we may be away from the phone helping another patron. Please leave a message on our voice mail system or email us at LawLibRef@shu.edu.
Reference librarians help you use the library and its collections, but they cannot do legal research for you. Reference librarians locate information; identify relevant resources; develop search strategies for catalogs, databases, indexes, and the internet; and provide legal research methodology training.
Reference librarians cannot provide patrons with legal advice, make decisions regarding legal rights and liabilities, interpret legal materials, or explain how the law applies to a particular case. Because of the complicated nature of many legal problems, the services of a qualified attorney may be required. If you need assistance that the Law Library cannot provide, please refer to the resources that we have compiled on our NJ Legal Services page.