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Seminar Topical Research Guides: Home


The topical research guides listed here are designed to provide students in specific Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law courses with resources and tools to begin their course-related research. The guides provide information on print and electronic library resources, legal databases, interdisciplinary databases, current awareness resources, and web resources.

The reference librarians at the Ross-Blakley Law Library encourage all students engaging in research projects to meet with a librarian to discuss their research. College of Law students can request an appointment to meet with a librarian here.


Choosing a Paper Topic Research Guide
This research guide from the Ross-Blakley Law Library is designed for students who are writing a substantive legal research paper and are looking for guidance on how to begin. The guide details sources for help in selecting a paper topic and offers insight in how to check whether your paper will add new information to the field of law.

Conducting a Preemption Check Research Guide
This research guide details the recommended steps for conducting a preemption check, as well as provides information on and links to a variety of resources for conducting a thorough check.


The Ross-Blakley Law Library is currently only available for remote services, due to Arizona State University's response to COVID-19.

The reference librarians at the Ross-Blakley Law Library are happy to help you find or navigate research resources. 

Librarians are available 9:00am-4pm Monday-Friday by phone or by e-mail.

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Make an Appointment with a Librarian Service for Law Students (currently Zoom only)
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students can make an individual appointment with a librarian for one-on-one assistance by submitting an online request form