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Finding the Answers to Legal Questions: A How-To-Do-It Manual
Call Number: KF240 .T83 2011

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Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law
Call Number: KF387 .N65 2011

Find U.S. Court Cases

Also called "decisions," "opinions"  or "reports."

  • LexisNexis
    Within the "Look up a Legal Case" box you can search or click "Cases." You can also choose "US Legal" from the left sidebar & select "Federal & State Cases." Use the drop-down menu to choose a state. CU subscription.
  • Landmark US Legal Cases (LexisNexis)
    Click the "Landmark Cases" link in the "Look up a Legal Case" box. Cases are arranged alphabetically by broad topic, with case names, concise summaries & links to the full text. CU subscription.
  • HeinOnline: U.S. Supreme Court Library
    Complete coverage of the official U.S. Reports (Supreme Court decisions) bound volumes back to 1754, as well as preliminary prints, slip opinions, & books & periodicals related to the U.S. Supreme Court are included in this library. CU subscription.

Find U.S. Laws

Also called "statutes," "acts," or "codes."  "Regulations" too have the force of law.

  • LexisNexis
    Choose "US Legal" from the left sidebar & select "Federal Statutes, Codes & Regulations" or "State Statutes, Codes & Regulations." Coverage of public laws begins with 1988; state codes are for the latest complete session. CU subscription.
  • HeinOnline: United States Code
    This collection includes complete coverage of the United States Code dating back to inception in 1925-1926. CU subscription.
  • HeinOnline: U.S. Statutes at Large
    Complete text of Public Laws back to 1789, with additional early federal codes & compilations of statutes. CU subscription.
  • HeinOnline
    CFR coverage is comprehensive, containing more than 8,500 volumes dating back to inception (1938).
    The Federal Register is updated on a daily basis. Coverage is comprehensive & begins from inception (1936). CU subscription.

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