Finding Materials

(for information on who may use the library, please see this page; for information on our hours of operationplease see this page).

Starting to do research to find materials at MacMillan

Users can always go straight to discoverE (or even Google) to get started on their research, but if the research you need to do is more advanced or specialized, understanding how a library organizes its materials is helpful.  One very useful place you can start is the Law Library's LibGuides page.  Below is a brief explanation of physical collections are organized here at MacMillan.

The Law Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system to organize materials by subject.  This means that if you are interested in a particular topic, you can locate one book, go to its shelf and you will find other books on your topic:

A general outline of the Library of Congress Classification schedule

Each topic is further broken down by subtopics.  Below is the schedule for LAW - 

A breakdown of the LC Classification schedule for law

Using the catalog (discoverE) once you know what you need

Emory's online catalog, discoverE, allows users to search not only the 9 million-plus books held by all of Emory's libraries, but also allows users to

  • search articles and Emory's unique repository collections
  • see what they have checked out and when those items are due
  • renew items as needed
  • request materials from remote storage or the Oxford campus
  • request the recall of items checked out by other users

If you know the item you want, you can use discoverE's search feature to look it up - here is an example of an item which is held by more than one Emory library:

Example of an item held at multiple Emory Libraries

Make sure that the item you want is held at the law library before you make the trip.

The MacMillan Law Library has a number of different collections and locations, and discoverE will tell you which collection to go to for each item.  

Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians.  Know what we know - find it in our Library Research Guides!

Go to our Library Research Guides!

Yes, sometimes the best thing to do is to ask an expert for help.   Don't be shy, we love to help!  

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