Highly trained reference librarians are available to assist with research projects or questions. They can help locate information, develop research strategies, and identify appropriate sources, both print and non-print, to facilitate research. Reference librarians cannot give legal advice, but can direct you to materials that may help you answer your legal questions. The Colleen K. Pauwels Reference Office is located in Room 105 of the Jerome Hall Law Library, directly across the lobby from the library entrance. For in-depth reference assistance, an appointment with one of our reference librarians can be scheduled in advance.

There are several ways to receive reference assistance at the Jerome Hall Law Library:

In person - The Reference Office is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

By Phone - If you cannot make it into the library, you may reach the reference desk by phone at (812) 855-2938.

Electronically - The reference librarians offer many electronic services for your research needs.

  • Ask a Librarian - You may submit questions via email by filling out the Ask a Librarian form on the library's website. You will typically receive a response within 24 hours.
  • Chat - When the Reference Office is open, you also have the option to submit your questions via chat. Chat is most appropriate for simple questions; if you have a more complex question, we may request that you stop by the Reference Office for an in-person consultation.
  • Tutorials - The reference librarians have created online research tutorials on a variety of research topics. You can access these tutorials from our YouTube channel.

After Hours - If you need reference help after hours, we encourage you to check out our database of frequently asked questions. The reference librarians have also authored a library of online research guides on a variety of legal subjects that may be able to answer your questions.

Research Workshops - The reference librarians offer workshops on various topics in legal research periodically throughout the school year. If you would like to request a workshop on a particular database or topic, please fill out the form on our Request a Research Workshop page.