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Faculty Services at the Legal Research Center

Welcome to the Pardee Legal Research Center (LRC). You will be working in the region's premier legal collection and facility when you enter USD's law library. Various library services are available to facilitate your research and add to your productivity.


Faculty are encouraged to make use of several tools to ensure that their scholarship and citations are being accurately and completely captured across different platforms. The LRC can assist you with setting up and managing your author profiles.

SSRN Author Profiles

Note: All authors who have posted papers on SSRN have an Author Profile page automatically created.

An Author Profile page lists all the working papers, conference papers, accepted not-yet-published manuscripts and publisher approved versions of record uploaded to SSRN by an author (or on behalf of an author).  Once the profile is created, you can add a profile picture, contact information, a website and even a note about current areas of research.


Note: HeinOnline automatically creates an author profile when an individual is identified and attributed to a work in the platform. Once it is created, the LRC can assist with adding and updating the information in the profile. 

Once the profile is created, the profile can be fleshed out to include more information. 

  • Add a photo
  • Edit your personal details
  • Add links to your online profiles
  • Insert a personal biography
  • Link to your ORCID profile

Google Scholar

Note: Faculty authors must create and manage their own profiles in Google. Google does not allow authors to select a trusted individual to help curate these profiles. 

  • Log on to and click the “My Profile” link at the top of the page to get your account setup started. If you have a personal Gmail account, you may want to use that instead of our USD credentials so that your profile remains tied to you even if you change universities.
  • On the first screen, add your affiliation information and university email address, so Google Scholar can confirm your account.
  • Add keywords that are relevant to your research interests, so others can find you when browsing a subject area.
  • Add your own professional homepage, if you have one, or USD's homepage. 
  • Add a photo (optional)

Once your profile is created, Google Scholar will present you with a list of publications that it thinks were written by you. You will be able to review, merge, or remove from this list, and you can indicate whether you want Google Scholar to automatically add publications to your profile as it finds them. You can also opt to have publications emailed to you for review before they get added to your profile. 


Note: Faculty authors must create their own ORCID identifications, but may add a librarian as a "trusted individual" to assist in updating profiles. 

ORCID is a persistent and unique digital identifier which enables researchers and institutions to maintain a consolidated record of all of their research activities. 

  • Visit ORCID registration page: 
  • Fill out basic profile information.
  • It is strongly recommended that you provide at least one additional email address on registration. This will ensure you can still use your ORCID record if you lose access to your primary email. If you added an institutional email as your primary address, we recommend adding a personal one as backup. 

If you would like the LRC to help manage your ORCID account, follow these steps:

  • In the upper right hand screen of your ORCID page, select your name and the menu item "Account settings"
  • Under "Trusted individuals" enter

This will allow the Digital Resources Librarian to help track your publications and ensure that your profile contains complete and accurate information.