Zief Law Library offers a variety of services to its patrons, including research assistance and instruction, interlibrary loan, course reserves, and reservations for group study rooms.
The links on the right furnish more information on these topics.
Our research librarians can help you with the following research tasks:
- advice on research strategy;
- advice on choosing paper topics;
- assistance with law review citation checks;
- advice on developing more efficient Internet research strategies;
- advice on searching Lexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline, and other databases.
To obtain research help, stop by the research center desk, call us at 415-422-6773, chat with us via IM, or make an appointment with a research librarian.
Research Resources for USF Law Alumni
As a USF Law graduate, you are welcome to visit the law library after graduation. We do not charge an access fee to USF Law alumni. To access the law library, you will need to display your bar card or your free USF alumni card at the front desk and sign in. You can obtain a free alumni card from the law school’s Alumni Relations office in Kendrick Hall 339, 415-422-5457.
Keep in mind that our library may be closed during holiday breaks and at other times of the year. Please check our hours and all of our access policies. Non-alumni attorney patrons can purchase a Special Access Card. As noted above, this access fee does not apply to USF Law Alumni.
Library Website & Catalog
You can find lots of information about the library’s collection, policies, and hours on our website. Ignacio, our online catalog, is available to the public – you do not need to be in the library to access the online catalog.
Librarian Contact Information
You can find contact information for the research librarians on our Research Help page -- if you contact us for research help, be sure to identify yourself as a USF Law graduate.
When you visit the library, you may use the computers in the law library for Internet access. When you check in at the front desk, ask for your temporary Internet username and password so you can log on to the campus network. Here are some examples of the online resources that we offer to USF Law alumni and bar patrons:
• We offer WestlawNext through our "Westlaw Bar Patron Access Terminal" on the law library’s main level. While the materials available on this version of WestlawNext are more limited than the materials available to current students, you have access to federal and state case law, statutes, and regulations. You can also use KeyCite to validate cases, statutes, and regulations. This “bar patron” version of WestlawNext is only available through one computer terminal. You will not be able to access it at other library computers.
• OnLaw, the online source for CEB California practice guides;
• HeinOnline, furnishing access to full-text law reviews, some cases, federal statutes, federal legislative histories, federal regulations (Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations), California attorney general opinions, and some California legislative history materials;
• BNA newsletters and research libraries;
• CCH Intelliconnect resources, including tax materials; and
• U.S. and U.N. treaties; foreign laws; WTO materials.
Online Research Guides
We have comprehensive research guides that can help you get started on your research projects. Visit our research guide page, for a complete listing of all of our research guides.Some of our most popular research guides are listed below:
• California Practice Guides and Form Books
• General & Federal Practice Guides
• California Legislative History
• Federal Legislative History
• Free & Low-Cost Legal Research Sites
• A to Z List of Law Library Online Research Resources. Some, but not all, of these resources are available to our bar patrons while they are visiting the library – check with a research librarian to find out what’s available to you when you visit us. We do not offer off-campus access to these resources.
We have partnered with the Office of Career Planning to create a special section for career resources in Law Open Reserve on the library’s main floor. Look for the section labeled “OCP” near the library computer lab.