Legal Reference Service: A Guide for Law Librarians and Nonlaw Librarians



Available May, 2023. Our guide discusses best practices for both law librarians and nonlaw librarians in providing legal reference service. ISBN 0-941991-72-5.

Author: Elyse H. Fox, JD, MSLS. Ms. Fox has worked as a reference law librarian in academic, membership, and law firm libraries. Previously she practiced law.

Praise from your colleague: 

“Fox’s guide provides expert suggestions, and plenty of examples if you are tasked to write, edit or review your research service policy, a research disclaimer, a reference guide, or for me, add a blurb in your reference request template. No need to source the Internet for examples, everything you need to draft a reference policy is here along with a planning checklist. Having the language to explain to patrons how and what you can do to support their legal question, without crossing any lines, is empowering and creates a batter patron experience whatever library type you work in, and this guide can get you there.” Stephanie Marshall, Library Director, Robinson Bradshaw, Charlotte, North Carolina.


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  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The nature of law and legal research
  • Chapter 2. The library patron who seeks legal information
  • Chapter 3. Constraints on legal reference service
  • Chapter 4. Legal reference liability
  • Chapter 5. Access to Justice movement (A2J)
  • Chapter 6. Legal reference service policy guidelines; examples of policies
  • Chapter 7. Library documents on legal reference service: policy, disclaimers, FAQs, definitions
  • Chapter 8. Staff training
  • Chapter 9. The legal reference interview
  • Chapter 10. Legal research guides, handouts, pathfinders, website links
  • Chapter 11. Other library services: classes, self-help centers, Lawyer in the Library, forms, referrals
  • Chapter 12. The law collection
  • Chapter 13. Collaboration and training between law librarians and public librarians
  • Chapter 14. Where do you draw the line?
  • Chapter 15. Practice questions
  • Chapter 16. My own perspective on legal reference service
  • Chapter 17. Make a plan
  • Chapter 18. In conclusion
  • Selected resources
  • About the author

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