What law library resources can help me with my SAW paper?
The reference librarians maintain a guide to Researching for a Scholarly Article or Seminar (SAW) Paper at https://libguides.law.ucla.edu/papers. The guide includes advice on finding a topic, preemption checking, and searching for legal and non-legal articles and books, as well as a list of recommended books on writing a scholarly paper. We especially recommend the books Academic Legal Writing by Eugene Volokh and Scholarly Writing for Law Students by Elizabeth Fajans and Mary Falk, both available on reserve at the law library’s circulation desk.
The reference librarians also offer regular lunchtime workshops on SAW paper research. You can view upcoming and recorded workshops at https://libguides.law.ucla.edu/libraryresearchseries.
Finally, you are always welcome to meet with a reference librarian for advice on researching for your specific paper, either by dropping in during in person reference desk hours or by emailing the reference librarians to set up an in person or Zoom appointment. You can find contact information and drop in reference hours on the MyLaw Reference Services page.
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