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This guide will help you to identify and use legal resources when researching U.S. Federal law. Each tab includes a short overview of the subject, links to databases, websites, books, and other resources accessible through the library.
For further help with your research, please contact the Law Library.
General Electronic Resources
Full text of primary and secondary sources of federal law. Especially useful for historical research.
Search for federal case law.
Secondary resources are an excellent place to start when researching an unfamiliar topic, or when your research question is not specific enough to make searching primary legal sources efficient. Many legal treatises, encyclopedias, journals, and law reviews are available electronically in the resources highlighted above.
LLSDC's Legislative Source Book
The Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC provides a series of thorough guides to researching various aspects of Federal law, including Congressional records, regulations, and statutes.
Journals, law reviews, and other secondary materials.
Call Number: KF154.A2 (Reference)
Publication Date: 1962-
Encyclopedia of national law. "A modern comprehensive text statement of American law, State and Federal."
Corpus juris secundum
Call Number: KF154 .C56 (Reference)
Encyclopedia of national law. "A complete restatement of the entire American law as developed by all reported cases."
Basic Legal Research by
Call Number: KF240.S585 2018
Publication Date: 2018
Shelf range: Reserve Section
Clear, step-by-step instruction in the basics of legal research.
Federal Legal Research by
Call Number: KF240.F48 2012
Publication Date: 2012
Explains how to conduct research in the U.S. Constitution, federal cases, statutes, administrative regulations, and secondary sources.
Specialized Legal Research by
Call Number: KF240.S684 1987
Covers legal research in nine specialized substantive areas: Securities Regulation, UCC, income tax, copyright, labor, environmental & land use, admiralty & maritime, immigration, and military law.