The Catholic University of America

Elizabeth Edinger

Elizabeth A. Edinger joined the Columbus School of Law in 2007 as the Associate Director and Head of Public Services for the Law Library. She became the Director of the Law Library in 2014. She teaches in the area of Legal Research.

After graduating from law school, Professor Edinger attended the University of Washington's program in law librarianship where she earned a Master’s degree.  Before coming to CUA, she worked as a Reference Librarian for the law libraries at UC Berkeley, Rutgers University, and Yale. At Berkeley she was also a Lecturer in Residence and taught Advanced Legal Research.
She is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and has served on the AALL Committee on Relations with Information Vendors, the AALL Special Committee on Fostering Legal Research as a Subject Specialty, and has been the AALL Representative to the National Equal Justice Library. She has written numerous book reviews and is the co-author of Finding the Law and The Legal Research Survival Manual (both with Robert Berring Jr.).  Currently, she is the Editor of the journal Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, which provides a forum for discussing the teaching of legal research and writing, focusing on research materials, tools and theories. 

In Her Words ...

“ To master legal research, I believe you must understand the context of the problem – that is, you must see it in a real world setting. Helping my students learn to add the context is the key to their success. ”

– Elizabeth A. Edinger


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State University of New York at Buffalo

State University of New York at Buffalo


Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Research (tools & theories)
  • Information Management