For Research Assistants
This guide is designed to provide basic information on library services and policies for research assistants (RAs) at Georgetown Law.
For in-depth research questions or help developing a research plan, RAs may want to consider scheduling a research consultation, which is a one-on-one meeting with a librarian who often has expertise in the particular topic.
Finally, at the beginning of each semester and summer, the library offers training for new RAs. The training is announced on the law library's blog as well as through the Office of Student Life's weekly events email. For questions about the library training for RAs, contact Jeremy J McCabe in Library Research Services.
RAs must get their GoCards programmed to use a print override. Go first to the Payroll Office, McDonough Room 583, for an Authorization for Photocopying for RAs form. Next, take the form to the GoCard Office, Sport & Fitness 2110, to have your GoCard programmed. You may use your GoCard and the override code to make photocopies at any of the Georgetown libraries, including Lauinger, the main campus library.
Color Printing and Photocopying
Service is available through Faculty Support Office, McDonough Room 475, Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
RAs may request a carrel at the Circulation Desk.
Checking Out Books from the Law Library
To check out books in a professor's name from the law library, RAs must complete the Faculty Research Assistant Authorization Form, available at the Williams Circulation Desk or online. Have the professor sign the form and return it to the Circulation Desk.
Checking Out Books from Main Campus: Intercampus Book Loan
RAs may borrow books from the main campus libraries in their professor's name.
- Complete the proxy privileges form available at the Williams Circulation Desk or online
- Have the faculty member sign the form
- Present the forms at the Circulation Desk at Lauinger or fax or email the form to activate RA borrowing privileges
RAs may borrow books not held at the law library or main campus libraries under their own ILL account or a proxy ILL account for their professor. See Instructions for RAs for further information.
RAs may borrow books from the WRLC Consortium in their name only, not in their professors' names. To request books from non-Georgetown libraries in a professor's name, RAs should use Interlibrary Loan.
Summer Use of Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg Law
Access to Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law may be restricted over the summer. However, these services allow for the extension of access in certain circumstances. Extensions are usually granted for students working as research assistants for professors. Visit the Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg services and policies page for details.
Remote Access to Services
Wherever you work during the summer, you can use our electronic databases and contact the Reference Department for help.
Updated 1/11/2016 (JJM)