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Selecting & Developing Your Seminar Paper Topic: Using Catalogs to Locate Books, Reports & More

This guide is designed to help law students select and research a topic for their upper level writing requirement.


SARA is Brooklyn Law School Library's online catalog.  Access our catalog at the following url, 

SARA features include:

  • Links to treatises available through Lexis+, Westlaw Edge, HeinOnline and other sources.
  • "New books" lists & RSS feeds of recently acquired items
  • Link to WorldCat


Tip: Use the "Advanced Search" feature to best customize your query

Sample searches include:

  • Keyword search: secured transactions (Sort results by: date)
  • Title search: Brooklyn Law Review

Tip:  To refine your result list, filter by topic or author.

Making of Modern Law

Making of Modern Law Legal Treatises (1800-1926), Making of Modern Law Trials (1600-1926), Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs (1832-1978) & Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources (Parts 1 & 2)

You can access this historical collection of materials on-campus, in dorm, or through proxy server

Tip: Great database for historical legal research

WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan

WorldCat  is known as the “catalog of catalogs”.  Through it you have access to holdings of thousands of research libraries. You can access it by clicking on the link below.

Search WorldCat

Use our online interlibrary loan system to borrow a book from another library. Note: Before requesting an item from another library, check SARA to see if we own it.


Google Book Search

Google Books can be accessed at  To best customize your research use, the "Advanced Book Search" feature.

"Full view: If we've determined that a book is out of copyright, or the publisher or rightsholder has given us permission, you'll be able to page through the entire book from start to finish, as many times as you like.  If the book is in the public domain, you'll also be able download, save and print a PDF version to read at your own pace.” (Description provided at “About Google Book Search”)

Tip: To see if BLS or another library owns a particular title, click on the link "Find in a library" which is located on the left hand side of the screen.

Google Book Search


Abstracts of Dissertations can be found through FirstSearch or by clicking on the link below.

Path: FirstSearch Database: WorldCat Dissertations

Search WorldCat Dissertations

Note: Library policies vary in regards to whether or not they loan dissertations
Accessible on-campus, in dorm, or through proxy server