The law library provides a variety of services to our patrons research databases legal research databases available both freely on the web, and in-house use only. Findlaw's learn about the law section is the perfect starting point learn about the law features informational articles about a wide variety of legal topics, as well as specific information about subjects such as how to hire an attorney and understanding your state's unique laws. This spectacular library offers an extensive collection and support from some of the most knowledgeable research librarians in the nation the law library observes a very limited access policy please review before visiting. In addition, many of the major databases used for primary law research can also be used for secondary source research, such as heinonline, lexis, and westlaw be sure to change search settings in advance or filter the results after constructing your search.
Digital law library jurisdiction judges registrars courts & tribunals administered by the federal court research requests registry services what registries can & cannot do glossary of legal terms administrative notices see practice notes administrative notices are no longer used by the court. Cornell law library legal search engine searches legal internet, research guides, and blogs dragnet (new york law school library) search limited group of law websites, constitutions and codes, and law reviews with online content google scholar search federal and state legal opinions and journals. Chapter 3 basic legal research techniques intended to serve as a guide for public librarians assisting users who have legal reference questions in many ways, a library user seeking legal information is both commonplace words as well as legal terms are used often a subject is indexed under several different words or phrases as an. Glossary of terms used in legal research this glossary of terms is limited in scope, and the definitions of words are restricted in meaning to their legal or legal research context words whose meanings conform to general usage and are obvious are omitted from the list, eg, index.
Legal research for non-lawyers index introduction general legal research in addition to the sources listed on the goodson law library guide to legal research on the web, 14th ed (ref kf2980p38 2016) this book contains key terms and concepts used in intellectual property law, rather than a how-to guide chapters on each topic. Georgetown law students can schedule an individual research consultation with a reference librarian for assistance with papers or other research projects please note that we prepare for these meetings and need at least 1-2 days to prepare for your topic. Legal research databases the following databases are available to law school students, faculty, and staff some databases are limited by contract for the sole use of the law school community, or.
Legal service area population the number of people that reside within the legal service area of the library the legal service area of a library is the population within the boundaries of the geographic area the library was established to serve. Public bills that pass congress and become law are called public laws, numbered in the order in which they became law the term law can also be used to refer to the legal order, or the aggregate of statutes, common law, and administrative law legislation: process by which a legislature makes laws. Legal research can be time consuming and sometimes offers limited results, but an understanding of the basic types of law, legal resources, and subject terms will aid the process this guide can give only a brief overview of the fundamentals of legal research. For example if planning to do a research paper on “gun control” other terms you might use are firearms and law or legislation or firearms and ownership or guns and violent crimes 2. Thurgood marshall school of law library legal research glossary this guide provides brief definitions of some of the more frequently used terms in legal research this glossary is limited in scope and the definitions provided are limited to their legal research context.
Hls graduates: a biographical research guide (research guide) harvard law school library history of the harvard law school library (research guide) quotations in the langdell reading room (research guide) using the moody system for foreign legal research (research guide) health law. A glossary of terms for first year students the law library offers the following dictionary to provide first year students with assistance with the basic understanding of legal terminology has a series of paperback volumes on basic legal research subjects that are often used by students in their studies and research these are referred to. E-journal finder the law library subscribes to thousands of online journals the e-journal finder is a research tool that permits researchers to locate online journals by title, issn, vendor, and category. Finding too little information may indicate that you need to broaden your topic by using a more general term or terms in your search finding background information once you have identified the main topic and keywords for your research, find one or more sources of background information to read.
In many respects working a “legal research plan part of the reason for this is that the answers to some of these questions will guide your research process in terms of locating and ordering sources subject guides to print and online resources available to law library users loyola university libraries. Most legal research involves state statutes rather than federal statutes because states have the sole power to make the law in many areas, such as child custody, divorce, landlord-tenant, small business, personal injury, and wills and trusts. The law library of congress produces reports primarily for members of congress the legal research reports listed below by topic provide commentary and recommended resources on issues and events these reports are provided for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Extensive free online legal research begins with lexisweb – legal search engine legal research legal journals, legal terms, citations and more begin your legal research with lexisweb.
Comprehensive legal research system providing access to us federal and state statutes, case law, news, treatises, and more individual accounts are available for members of the cornell law school community. The law library has older, print issues of the current law index (“cli”) and to the index to legal periodicals and books (“ilp”) pocket part : supplementary material inserted into the back of a volume of code, treatise or other legal research material. Legal research american legal history online sources created by d’angelo law library, this site provides links to information about charters and constitutions, legislative resources, executive resources, and more.
The major legal research databases can be prohibitively expensive for some researchers there are, however, a number of online alternatives that are either free or less expensive than lexis/nexis and westlaw. By law library reference last updated aug 27, 2018 2238 views this year family law research guide by law library reference last updated aug 27, 2018 521 views this year. Research help, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly law librarians know what we know - find it in our research guides research help, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians.