Faculty Services

Welcome to the Robert Crown Law Library’s Faculty Services page! We are here to help support your research, teaching, and scholarship, and this page provides an overview of some of our services. Please use the boxes below to navigate to more detailed information about our services and resources, and to obtain contact information.

Reference & Research Services

Contact Us

650 725.0800

Virtual Reference Office via Zoom

650 723.2477

We offer a wide variety of reference & research services to support your research and scholarship. Some of our services include:

Library Materials & Collection Requests
Borrowing Services
  • We will check out and deliver library materials to your office, renew materials for you, and retrieve books when you are finished with them.
  • Contact Circulation with any questions.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  • We can request materials not available at Stanford libraries through our ILL service. Contact ILL with any questions or to request materials.
Journal Routing
  • Please contact Reference if you’d like us to send print journals up to your office, or if you’d like us to email specific electronic Tables of Contents.
Newspaper Subscriptions
  • The library maintains many print & online newspaper subscriptions, and the university offers many of them for free to faculty. To see a culled list of newspapers and get information on how to create an account, please visit the Newspapers LibGuide.
Recommend Books for the Library Collection
  • We are always happy to hear your suggestions for new materials to add to our collection (especially works by the SLS community!). Please submit your suggestions using this form.
Research & Reference Assistance
We can also help you with any type of research or reference request. Examples of some of our services include:
  • In-depth research on many topics (law and non-law!), including research for articles or books you’re drafting.
  • Locating materials, including articles and books; we can retrieve specific titles for you, or research a list of possible sources based on your criteria.
  • Monitoring alerts & updates on specific cases or news interests and other current awareness resources.
  • Training on any of our myriad resources & databases (see Research Resources, below, to access some of them).
  • Training your RAs on research strategies and resources.
Robert Crown Law Library Research Fellows Program
Following a rigorous RCLL librarian-led training, law students refine their legal research skills and collaborate closely with librarians to address faculty research requests.
  • Projects are allocated to Fellows based on interest and capacity. Fellows receive guidance and support from reference librarians throughout an entire project.
  • Upon completion of research projects, reference librarians review Fellow work before sharing it with faculty.
  • Faculty members can (and have!) hired RCLL Fellows as their own research assistants. Please reach out if you are interested in hiring a current or former RCLL Research Fellow.
  • We can also train faculty members' research assistants -- reach out if you have a research assistant who could benefit from the RCLL Research Fellows’ training program.
  • Interested in becoming an RCLL Fellow or finding out more about the program? Please contact reference@law.stanford.edu.

Instructional Services & Course Support

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Canvas Support

Canvas, Stanford’s learning management system, can serve as the main gateway to your course. Contact the EdTech Hub with questions. Educational Technology Hub
The SLS EdTech Hub is a resource center dedicated to providing support and training to faculty, staff and students using academic technology for teaching and learning.

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Digital Reserves

Digital Reserves is an archive of exams, model answers, and syllabi from previous years. Access is limited to the law school community. Contact the EdTech Hub to add your exams and syllabi.

Stanford Syllabus is a central, online repository for Stanford class syllabi. Syllabus that you post via the Syllabus tool in Canvas get automatically added to this repository. The Law Library also maintains an online repository of law school course syllabi.

Course Reserves

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At least one copy of texts that appear on the Textbook List will be placed on Course Reserves. If you would like additional items placed on Course Reserve, please fill out this form.


Copyright Guidance for Course Materials

While we can’t provide copyright advice, we have created a resource guide to assist in determining whether to post copyrighted material to your Canvas site.

Copyright Best Practices

Research Resources

The library has myriad databases, articles, journals, books, and more, to support your research. We’ve highlighted some of the best resources below, but this only scratches the surface of what we have. Contact Reference (reference@law.stanford.edu) if you have specific questions about our resources. Please make suggestions for new research materials at: https://stanford.io/2NsvnTz.

Faculty Bibliography & News

In addition to research and reference support for your publications (see above, Reference & Research), we also strive to record and promote your publications and activities. Some of our services include:

Faculty Bibliography

We strive to capture publications by faculty in our Faculty Bibliography, compiled annually. If you’ve recently published something, please let us know.

SLS Today

SLS Today showcases the latest news of SLS and includes recent publications, media appearances, and references to SLS faculty, alumni, staff, students, and notable friends. If you’d like something included in SLS Today or if you want to be added to the mailing list, please email Reference.

Special Collections

RCLL's Special Collections contain selected materials and records of enduring value created by or pertaining to SLS and its faculty, students, staff, and alumni. If you have questions about our collection development policy for special collections or access to it, please contact specialcollections@law.stanford.edu.