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Beau Steenken joined the Law Library Faculty at the University of Kentucky in September 2010. He teaches multiple sections of 1L Legal Research a year, as well as a variety of upper-level research electives, and also coordinates informal research instruction. Along with his colleague Tina M. Brooks, he authors Sources of American Law: An Introduction to Legal Research, an open-access textbook now in its 6thEdition. Before coming to the University of Kentucky, he managed to collect a B.A., a J.D., and an M.S.I.S. from the University of Texas, as well as an M.A. in history from Texas State University and an LL.M. in Public International law from the University of Nottingham, where he also took up archery.



  • Legal Research
  • Foreign & International Legal Research
  • Historical Research
  • Law Librarianship


  • Law 913 Advanced Legal Research
  • Law 804 Legal Research and Writing Skills
  • Law 904 Federal Administrative and Tax Research
  • Law 892 Foreign and International Legal Research
  • Law 893 Federal Administrative and Tax Research
  • LIS 641 Law Libraries
Books & Book Chapters

Scholarship is available for download at Beau Steenken's SelectedWorks page. 

  • Beau Steenken, Local Legislation, in Kentucky Legal Research Manual (4th ed. 2016).
  • Amy Beckham Foster & Beau Steenken, Administrative Law, in Kentucky Legal Research Manual (4th ed. 2016).
  • Beau Steenken & Tina M. Brooks, Sources of American Law: An Introduction to Legal Research (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022). 
Scholarly Articles
  • Beau Steenken, Pilots for Fraught Channels: How Law Librarians Can Help Law Reviews Navigate their DEI Journeys, L. Ref. Serv. Q. (forthcoming 2023).
  • Beau Steenken, Outlaws, Pirates, Judges: Judicial Activism as an Expression of Antiauthoritarianism in Anglo-American Culture, 38 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 259 (2020).
  • Beau Steenken, Keeping Up with New Legal Titles, 108 L. Libr. J. 131 (2016) (reviewing Michael D. Murray and Christy H. DeSanctis, Legal Research Methods, Second Edition (2015)).
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