USF faculty, students, and staff can receive research help through our live chat service Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm (summer chat hours). Chat will be closed for the following USF-observed holidays: Juneteenth, Friday, June 18 & Fourth of July, Monday, July 5.
Chat/IM is best for relatively discrete, straightforward questions. If you have a complicated question or project, the librarian on duty may ask you to make an appointment for a virtual research consultation.
This service is only for members of the USF community.
You can text us. Text is best for relatively basic questions than can be answered quickly.
Members of the USF community can send a question via the Ask the Zief Librarians page, and we'll email you a response.
We offer virtual research consultation appointments to USF students. Email the research librarian team at: email@example.com
Our contact information is in the profile boxes on the left-hand side of this page.
We are legal research experts with advanced degrees in both law and information studies. We support your research by: advising you on strategy; suggesting sources; helping you track down elusive facts or data; and showing you the best ways to complete your research quickly and effectively, no matter what your issue or what type of materials you are using.
Our research advice/reference services are primarily for members of the USF community. As research librarians, we will do our best to help you find the law, but we cannot interpret the law or offer legal advice. For details, see our full Legal Reference Service Policy.
If you're a currently enrolled USF student (law or non-law), you can contact any of the research librarians to make a one-on-one appointment for research help or advice. Follow these links to request a research appointment.
Our research support will continue to operate virtually through Summer 2020 and Fall 2021.
Fall and Spring Semesters: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
Summer term: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm
We conduct research consultations via Zoom or over the phone for USF faculty, students, and staff.
For updates on Zief operations, check our blog, ZiefBrief.