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Using the Coleman Karesh Online Law Library Catalog. David Lehmann, J.D., M.I.L.S. Electronic Resources & Reference Librarian Coleman Karesh Law Library University of South Carolina School of Law (803) 777-1666 -

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Using the Coleman Karesh

Online Law Library Catalog

  • David Lehmann, J.D., M.I.L.S.
  • Electronic Resources & Reference Librarian
  • Coleman Karesh Law Library
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • (803) 777-1666 -
  • This presentation utilized several base images and text slides from an earlier version done by Stacy Etheredge.
what you need to know
What You Need to Know
  • How to use the catalog to find resources;
  • How to get to resources once you have found them.
how to find them
How to Find Them

We’ll Focus on Secondary Sources

  • Books and Treatises
  • Journal Articles
how do we find books
How Do We Find Books?

The answer is …

… the Law Library’s online catalog

So where is this online catalog? …

… it all starts with the Law Library’s main webpage …

using the law school s catalog
Using the Law School’s Catalog
  • Steps:


2. Click on “Law Library Catalog”

3. “Columbia Law Library”

(or “Columbia Campus Libraries”)

the different methods to search catalog
The Different Methods To Search Catalog
  • Keyword
  • Title
  • Author
  • Subject
  • Advanced Keyword
keyword searches
Keyword Searches
  • Great for when you are just starting your research
  • Don’t need to use “and” as a connector; the search engine will do it for you
  • Words will be searched across the entire catalog record, but, keep in mind that catalog records are not meant to be a description of the book

Law Library Catalog

title searches
Title Searches
  • When you are looking for a specific book and you know the title
  • The most important thing to remember –

It operates as a “string search”, i.e., what you type in is exactly

what it looks for!!

Law Library Catalog

author searches
Author Searches
  • When you are looking for a specific book and you know the author’s name
  • When you want to see other books written by an author
  • Names need to be entered in a certain order (last name, first name); however, the catalog will usually suggest an alternative

Law Library Catalog

subject searches
Subject Searches
  • Best to avoid this unless you’re a licensed library professional
  • Except– it’s great when you “go in through the back door” (i.e., do a “subject search” after you have search results from a previous search)

Law Library Catalog

advanced keyword searches
Advanced Keyword Searches
  • More options are available
  • Can do combinations of options
  • The only place where can do “keyword” type searches within the title, author, and subject fields (i.e., are not string searches)
  • Thus, searching is much more powerful

Law Library Catalog


Always remember …

the law library catalog does not include individual articles from journals and law reviews

All you can do is check to see if the library has a specific law review

how do we find articles
How Do We Find Articles?

Need to use databases of articles

p.s. print indexes for articles are also in the Law Library,

- Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP)

- Current Law Index (CLI)

databases of articles on the law library s website
Databases of Articles on the Law Library’s Website
  • LegalTrac (an indexing service)
  • HeinOnline (a full-text service)

(There are also databases of non-legal articles on the USC Libraries Website – See Legal and Non-legal Database presentation on the library website page)



  • Search screen is easy to use
  • Searching is fast
  • Subject classifications available for “back door

subject searches”


  • Usually just citations and sometimes abstracts;

almost no full-text content in LegalTrac itself (although often links to the articles in other USC Libraries databases)

  • Doesn’t go back very far in coverage (1980)
finding legaltrac
Finding LegalTrac
  • “Online Resources”
  • “Electronic Indexes”
  • Choose “Law” as a subject
  • “View Sources”
  • “LegalTrac”

 “Electronic Indexes”

  •  Choose “Law” as a subject


  • Over 600 law journals
  • Coverage back to their starting dates
  • Articles are .pdf files (thus, includes official pagination, photos, graphics)


  • Searching is a little slow (.pdf files)
  • Navigation is not always intuitive

(caveat - it keeps getting better and better)

finding heinonline
Finding HeinOnline

1. Go to

2. Click on “Online Research – Limited Access”

3. Click on “HeinOnline”

4. “Subscribers, Please Click Here to Enter”

5. “Law Journal Library”

6. “Search”


Hein Advanced Search Screen


Search Tips and Guides



The library’s limited access resources

and electronic index contain many useful databases besides the material available in the online catalog.

See Legal and Non-legal Databases

presentation on the library website page

for many of the other material that are

available to you.

non library resources
Non-Library Resources

There are specific procedures to follow when:

1. The materials are located in our campus Libraries but not the law library;

2. The materials are not located in our Libraries. [Interlibrary Loan]


Interlibrary Loan


  • Forms for requesting Interlibrary Loans are available at the Circulation desk or may be submitted online: [Request an Article] [Request a Book].
  • Law Library website:
  • There are rules on Interlibrary Loan requests. To check the status of an interlibrary loan request, contact Katie Holtz at 777-1726 or or Karen Taylor at 777-3367 or
the end

The End

Remember to ask the Reference Librarians for help if you need assistance