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Research for Law Journals: Searching the Catalog

Questions? Problems?

Contact Barbara Kaplan, the liaison librarian for FSU law journals, with any questions, comments, or problems:

What's in the FSU Catalog?

The online library catalog, which you can access here, contains all items available at eight libraries on the Florida State University campus:

  • Robert Manning Strozier Library
  • Dirac Science Library
  • Claude Pepper Library
  • College of Music Allen Library
  • College of Communication and Information Goldstein Library
  • College of Law Research Center
  • College of Medicine Maguire Medical Library
  • FAMU-FSU Engineering Library

as well as six other FSU libraries and research centers that are not on the main campus:

  • FSU Panama City
  • Florida Library and Learning Center
  • FSU Panama, Republic of Panama
  • John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • FSU Florence, Italy Study Center
  • FSU London Study Center
  • FSU Valencia, Spain Study Center


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

  • Remove all colons (:), question marks (?), and/or exclamation points (!).
  • Replace any ampersands (&) with the word and.
  • Make sure there are spaces between each word in the title (and subtitle, if any).

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 look for find the specific volume that contains the article you need.

  • Remember that Bluebook format puts the article author and article title before the name of the journal.

Take the same approach when you are looking for a source that is part of a larger collection:

  • For example, if you are looking for a specific chapter of a book, or a work in an anthology, first find the book, then look for the chapter or other sub-part.

  • How to recognize a cite to a part of a larger work: 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 its title in the catalog; you would first have to search the catalog for the book and then consult its table of contents for the essay.


Available for checkout: item is on the shelf.

  • If an item is available for checkout in the Research Center, you must retrieve it from the shelf yourself and bring it to the Circulation Desk to be checked out.
  • Items that are available for checkout at other FSU libraries may be requested through LEDS (Library Express Delivery Service).

Missing/Lost: self-explanatory.

Checked Out or On Loan: self-explanatory.

  • If you need an item that is checked out or is on loan to another user and you can wait until it is returned, you can request it by placing a hold on the item.
  • To place a hold, click on the Place a hold link in the search result entry:

  • You'll be taken to a "Place Request" page, where you will indicate where you want to pick the item up once it is returned by the current user.  If you choose "Law Library," you will ask for the book at the Circulation Desk and then check it out as you would normally.
  • We do NOT recall items for which holds have been requested.
  • If you need an item that has been checked out or is on loan to another user and you cannot wait until it is returned, first look to see if the item is available through .  If it is not available through UBorrow, you may request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

On Hold: Items on hold are checked out/on loan but have been requested by other users.

  • When an item on which a hold has been placed is returned, the person who requested the hold is notified by e-mail that the item is available.  If more than one person has requested a hold for the same item, requests are filled in the order they were received.

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