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Zief Research Help

Find out how we can help with your research projects, and all the ways to get in touch with us.

Live Help - Chat/Instant Message

USF faculty, students, and staff can chat with us during our regular research center hours.

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 call us at 415-422-6773, visit in person during our research center hours, or make an appointment for a research consultation.

(This service is only for members of the USF community. We encourage others to use the AskNow Service from the Council of California County Law Libraries.)


More Ways Contact Us & How We Can Help

Here are all the ways you can get in touch with us —

  1. Visit in person

    Drop by any time during our regular research center hours. We welcome everything from relatively straightforward questions to requests for advice on complex research projects. 

  2. Call us at 415-422-6773

    Call us with your research questions during regular research center hours.

  3. Chat with us/Instant message us

    We're available for live chat during our regular research center hours. Chat is best for relatively basic questions. If you have a particularly challenging question or project, please drop by, give us a call, or make an appointment for an in-depth consultation.

  4. Text us at 415-992-6480

    You can text us during our regular research center hours. Text is best for relatively basic questions than can be answered in just a few words. Phone calls, in-person visits, and research consultations are best for in-depth questions or extensive projects. (This text number is just for texts! To speak to us live, call 415-422-6773.)

  5. Submit a question via our Ask the Zief Librarians page

    Drop your question off at the Ask the Zief Librarians page, and we'll email you a response. (For members of the USF community.)

  6. Make an appointment for a research consultation

    We offer research consultation appointments to USF students.

  7. Contact a specific research librarian

    Our contact information is in the profile boxes on the left-hand side of this page.

How we can help

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.

Research Consultations

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.

Zief Research Center Hours: Spring & Fall Terms

These are our typical fall & spring semester research center hours.

Monday – Wednesday, 9 am to 7 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm
Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm

Holiday, intersession, and summer hours will vary, and will likely be shorter. For the current week's research center hours, call the research desk at 415-422-6773.

For last-minute updates, check our Twitter feed, @usflawlib.


These policies govern our legal research and reference services.

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