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Sometimes you may need more details on a particular resource or research
strategy than what this guide is giving you. Or you may only need to
do a little bit of legal research such as finding a definition of a
legal term or finding a brief summary of a court case. The sources listed
in the boxes below may help you.
Detailed Legal Research Guides
The sources listed below discuss legal research in detail.
Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law
Call Number: URI Reference KF240 .E45 2012
Publication Date: 2012
General guide on legal research for the beginner or layperson. Includes helpful tips and exercises that enhances the text.
Legal Research in a Nutshell
Call Number: URI Reference KF240 C54 2007
Publication Date: 2007
Detailed guide to legal research sources and how to use them.
"Nutshell" Series by West Publishing
This series of guides covers specific topics of law such as landlord and tenant law, elder law, criminal law, etc. While not research guides per se, they provide background material and summaries of major court cases. To see if the Library owns a Nutshell text for your topic, do a keyword search in the catalog using the word for your topic and the word "nutshell".
Nolo Law and Legal Research
Nolo Press is dedicated to making the law accessible, easy to understand and use. This page provides FAQs and easy to follow explanations on how to do basic legal research for federal and all 50 state laws and cases
General Legal Reference Sources
The sources listed below are some reference sources that would be helpful for legal research.
Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary
Call Number: Reference KF156 N654 2009
Publication Date: 2009
The title says it all. Covers terms the layperson may encounter in both legal and everyday language.
West's Encyclopedia of American Law
Call Number: Reference KF154 W47 2004
Publication Date: 2004
Comprehensive encyclopedia of legal terms, concepts, events, cases and people in U.S. law. Many entries include a list of sources for further research. There are also numerous sidebars, tables and other research aids. Index by subject and case name.
Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States
Call Number: Reference KF8742 A35 E525 2008
Publication Date: 2008
Comprehensive encyclopedia on the people, events, and especially, cases of the Supreme Court. Most articles include a bibliography for further research. Index by subject and case name.
Nexis Uni (LexisNexis)
News, law, and business information service. Includes news from national and international newspapers; wire services and articles from hundreds of periodicals; and a number of other reference sources. All sources are full-text. Updated daily.
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