Levin College of Law

Rachel Purcell

Information Management Librarian & Professor of Legal Research, Legal Information Center


Rachel Purcell joined the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law’s Legal Information Center in 2016 as an Information Management Librarian & Professor of Legal Research. Her expertise includes education pedagogy, information management, cataloging services and legal research, where she teaches students to use both print and electronic and formats to locate case law and relevant statues at both the state and federal levels. She previously worked at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk where she specialized in mass tort litigation. Purcell earned her J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law.


J.D., Stetson University College of Law
M.L.I.S., University of South Florida
B.A., Flagler College (magna cum laude)

Teaching and Scholarship

Legal Research

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined the Legal Information Center in 2016 as Information Management Librarian
  • Previous Librarian Experience: Stearns, Weaver, Miller P.A. (law librarian in 2015); Everlove & Associates (2013-2015); Florida International University, College of Law (Intern to Digital Initiative Department in 2014)
  • Legal Experience: Abrahamson & Uiterwyk (2012-2013)
  • Professional Affiliations: American Association of Law Libraries; Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries; The Florida Bar


Legal Research - LAW 5803
  • This course introduces students to basic principles of researching statutory and case law at both federal and state levels. Students learn how to locate relevant statutes and case law using both electronic and print formats, including the use of indexes and secondary legal materials such as encyclopedias and treatises.