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Faculty Guide to the Maloney Library: Instruction Services

Research Instruction

Librarians are available to provide research training to your students either in or outside of your classroom on a wide variety of topics. This service is particularly useful to clinical or externship programs or in classes where students are required to write a research paper. Librarians can deliver lecture/demonstrations on general research skills or on research techniques and materials related to a specific area of the law.

Contact your library liaison to arrange a research instruction session for your students. 

Classroom Management Systems


TWEN is Westlaw’s classroom management system. TWEN allows faculty members to post materials, create class email lists, collect completed assignments, conduct online group discussions, and much more. For questions about setting up or maintaining TWEN pages contact Fordham Law’s Westlaw representative, Estee Waxman (212-548-7431,


Blackboard is the classroom management system available through Fordham University. Like Westlaw’s TWEN, Blackboard allows faculty members to post materials, create class email lists, collect completed assignments, conduct online group discussions, and much more. Questions about setting up or maintaining Blackboard may be directed to Fordham's IT department at

Course Reserves

Faculty members may request that materials be placed in a closed reserve collection shelved behind the circulation desk. Materials placed on reserve can be charged out for two (2) hours and must not leave the library. Please see the answers to frequently asked questions about course reserve below. Before submitting reserve requests, please consult the Copyright Guidelines for Course Reserves.

Course Reserves FAQ:

  • When should a course reserve requests be sent? Course reserve requests should be sent as early as possible to insure that the material is available for students at the beginning of the semester.
  • How many items may be placed on course reserve? We will place any material you request on course reserve subject to copyright (see link above) and other applicable restrictions.
  • How many photocopies may be placed on reserve? Due to copyright fair use restrictions, generally we will place no more than three (3) photocopies of a particular document on reserve.
  • What if the requested material is not available in the law library? If the requested material is not available in the law library, but is published we will attempt to obtain a copy via interlibrary loan. Additional time is needed for these items.
  • What is the course reserve loan period? The standard course reserve loan period is two (2) hours. Students must use reserve materials in the library only.

For additional information or questions about course reserves please contact the Circulation Desk (212-636-7820 or


The Library will make exams from previous years available to students at the request of a faculty member.  To utilize this service please notify the circulation department in writing or by email.  No exam will be made available unless a faculty member grants the library written permission to post the exam in that specific semester.  If you have not done so previously, you must send an electronic copy of the exam to the email address below or send a copy of the exam in print.  Please be sure to indicate whether you would like your exam(s) to be made available to students in paper at the circulation desk, electronically (Fordham Law access only), or both.  Send requests to the Circulation Desk (212-636-7820 or