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Reference Assistance

  • Reference Librarians are available Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, to answer questions by phone [803-777-5902], via email at: or via the Law Library Text Chat service.
  • RefBot, the Law Library chatbot, is available 24/7 and can assist with certain questions. Click here to ask RefBot a question.

Reference librarians cannot give legal advice, but can help you find material to research your legal issues.

Legal Help


Law Library Research Guides

Online research guides prepared by USC law librarians:

The Circuit Riders guide includes a Topical Legal Research Guides page, including subjects such as Criminal Law and Family Law.

This guide also includes self-help resources and information on legal services that may be available to assist you.

Online Resources

Websites that may be useful for locating legal information:

Case Law Research

  • Google Scholar
    • Choose "Case law" to search state and federal court opinions.


South Carolina Resources


Federal Resources