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Directed Research Help Available Now!

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If you are writing your directed research paper this semester, remember the library. The library has resources for the brainstorming (topic selection) and research phases (topic development) of the writing process. However, some might say the best resource we have for students starting a directed research project is our staff!

One of the services that the library provides is individualized research consultations with students working on a directed research paper. These sessions can be scheduled in Providence or Bristol and are focused on developing research strategies based on your individual needs. Also, most of our librarians keep candy in their offices!

The librarians meet with students on how to select and narrow a topic. We are happy to listen to your writing project proposal and also discuss research strategies as well as topic preemption concerns. You may know that librarians love reading, but they also love writing, too!

Furthermore, we encourage patrons to meet with Justin Kishbaugh, the RWU School of Law’s Writing Specialist. If you are interested in scheduling a writing consultation, he can be reached at

Basic information on selecting a topic can be found on our page TimeSaver: Selecting a TopicInformation on legal research and writing can be found on our page TimeSaver: Legal Research and Writing. Information on topic development and preemption can be found in our LawGuide for Law Review.

To schedule a research consultation with a law librarian, contact us via Ask a Librarian, by email to, or by calling 401-254-4547.

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