Help for Research Assistants
Research Assistant Training

In addition consulting our Research Guides, please contact a reference librarian for:

  • Help locating the right database(s) or print materials to use for your research assignment
  • Training on using tools like indexes, social science databases, archival material and more!
  • Conversations about research strategy, documenting your research and presenting your findings.

Librarians are available for quick consultation between the hours of 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. Monday - Thursday and 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. on Fridays. 

Detailed consultations are available by appointment - just email us to schedule a time.

We are here to help, so please reach out to us early and often!

Library Guidelines for Research Assistants

Research Assistant Registration Form 

Students that have been hired as research assistants have expanded privileges beyond those of the “regular” law student. The Library Staff is very interested in assisting you in your work as an R.A., and we ask that you keep the following policies in mind.


Your research assistant account is to be used for your R.A. work only. Do not check out materials on this account that are being used for your class work. REMEMBER - it is your responsibility to notify library staff to which account should be used for your checkouts.


Your professor must complete a form authorizing you to photocopy materials. You may speak to your professor or a library staff member for details on departmental copy cards.


You may print research-related material in the library computer lab. Please visit the I.T. Help Desk and speak to a staff member to request printing at no cost.


As an R.A., you will be able to borrow materials that do not normally circulate. These items include current periodicals, treatises on reserve, primary materials, loose-leaf titles, bound journals, and other updated with pocket parts and supplements. You may borrow these materials for a period of one (1) week. Please alert the Library Main Desk Attendant that the material should be checked out on your R.A. account.


To recall of a book that is checked out to another patron, ask staff at the Library Main Desk for assistance. All materials borrowed by any patron are subject to recall at any time. If the Library is unable to obtain a book that you have recalled, you will be notified to request the item through Interlibrary Loan.


At your request, a library staff member will renew your library materials. Materials from the UCONN library should be renewed in person; with verification, we will also renew materials by phone. Materials that were obtained through Interlibrary Loan must be renewed online before the due date.


Research assistants are able to reserve a carrel on the fourth or fifth floor. Please see a library staff member for a review of the policy and to reserve a carrel. Shelving staff are instructed to clear off and re-shelve any materials found in a non-reserved carrel. Please, do not leave any research or work in any unassigned carrels, as it may be discarded.


The library sends out notices via e-mail to those patrons with overdue materials, and research assistants are not exempt. Professors are not responsible for materials checked out on your own account; please keep that in mind when borrowing materials. Please keep track of what you have checked out and when it is due.