So many citations; so little time? How should a cite-checker approach his or her first assignment to retrieve cited material?
The following checklist itemizes steps for locating and collecting cited material.
Read the article.
Browse the footnotes.
Identify citations to unfamiliar types of material, nonlegal sources, other unusual material, and foreign language sources (especially for countries and languages outside of the Gallagher Law Library's collection strengths; see Call Numbers for Foreign Law for a brief description).
Consult a reference librarian for assistance in deciphering odd citations and identifying and locating items found in step 3.
Search for books and other treatises using library catalogs, in the following order:
UW Libraries + Summit. Covers more than 30 academic libraries in Oregon and Washington, including the Gallagher Law Library and the UW Libraries. UW faculty, students, and staff may directly request items that are not available in the Law Library from Summit.
WorldCat. Covers thousands of academic, public, law firm, special, government, and corporate libraries around the world.
Check out books and initiate retrieval requests.
Consult a reference librarian about books not found in any catalogs in step 5.
Submit interlibrary loan requests for books not available from sources in step 5.