If you need help translating text or footnotes that aren't in English, the Research Center can help! There are online tools you can use, like Google Translate, or you can ask one of the Law Librarians, who can field requests for translation from many languages, including Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, and some Chinese and Japanese.
Before you search by title or author(s) or editor(s):
Sometimes the catalog search algorithm gets hung up on special characters. To avoid this problem, first
Then, be sure you are searching for the right item:
* If you are looking for an article in a journal or magazine, first find the journal or magazine. Then find the specific volume that contains the article.
* Remember that Bluebook format for a work that's part of a collection (Rule 15.5) puts the article author and article title before the name of the journal.
* How to recognize a cite to a work in a collection: look for the word in :
In this example, the second source cited is the essay titled Why Lawyers Can't Just be Hired Guns, by Robert W. Gordon. The essay was published beginning on page 42 of the book Ethics in Practice: Lawyers' Roles, Responsibilities, and Regulation, edited by Deborah L. Rhode. You would not find the essay by searching for it in the catalog; first you have to search for the book and then consult its table of contents for the essay.
Which search box should I use?
Research Center Catalog:
This is what the search box for simple searches of the catalog looks like:
Use THIS LINK to search the law library catalog. It will retrieve items at other FSU libraries, but sometimes doesn't find all items relevant to a search. Therefore, make sure you also search the main campus library catalog (below).
Main Campus Library Catalog
This is what the search box we STRONGLY RECOMMEND you use to search the FSU-wide catalog:
Use THIS LINK to make sure you cover all items in the main campus library catalog.
This is what the search box for advanced searches looks like:
Use THIS LINK for advanced searches. It will pull results from the main campus catalog and the law library catalog.
Available for checkout: item is on the shelf.
Checked Out or On Loan: self-explanatory.
On Hold: Items on hold are checked out/on loan but have been requested by other users.
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