Each journal has identified one person per article to submit all requests for ILLs to the library. Cite-checkers should consult the checklist and then forward their ILL requests to the official ILL requestor. The official ILL requestor will review the requests and submit the requests to Philip Johnson for processing.
The first step in locating materials for your source and cite assignments is to determine what kind of resource you are looking for. Is it a book? a journal article? some kind of government publication? If you can't decipher a citation or abbreviation, try consulting the Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations or ask a reference librarian for help.
1. Is the item available through the law library? Check Library Catalog.
If the item is checked out, has one of your fellow cite-checkers already pulled the source?
2. Is the book available at Chicago Public Library – Harold Washington Library (across the street from JMLS at 400 S. State Street)? Check WorldCat.
If so, you should visit Harold Washington to check out or photocopy the source yourself. ILL requests from this library take a very long time and it will be much faster if you retrieve the resource yourself.
3. Is the cited information from a rare or old book? Check HeinOnline's Legal Classics (navigate to this collection using the menu on the left side of the HeinOnline home page)
4. If you have not been able to find the source, ask a reference librarian for help.
1. Is the article available through the law library?
a. Search for the title of the journal in the A-Z Journal List. The A-Z list will tell whether we have access to the journal electronically or in print.
Tip: Almost all major law review articles are available as pdfs (including graphs, tables and illustrations) in the HeinOnline Journal Library.
Search Law Journal Library by Citation
1. Check relevant databases in Hein Online, such as
2. Check the Library Catalog
3. Check ProQuest Legislative Insight
4. If you cannot find the source, ask a reference librarian for help.
1. If it is for a recent case, check the website of the court.
2. Check the state and federal dockets available on Bloomberg Law (individual log in required).
3. If you cannot find the source, ask a reference librarian for help.