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A broad overview of the law, organized by legal topic. Am Jur 2d articles collect, examine, & summarize the broad principles of American law & at the same time, provide direct leads to supporting cases, related annotations, forms, proofs, & trial techniques.
Basic Article Databases
Use popular and political journals and magazines to find a research topic of interest. Case names often mentioned.
In-depth reports on issues in the news. Each includes an introductory overview; background & chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables & maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; & bibliographies of key sources.
Academic Search Complete
A great starting point for full-text articles from political science journals, as well as magazines & newspapers. Find book reviews here, too.
Is It Still "Good Law"?
LexisNexis Academic: Shepard's Citations
Click "US Legal" in the left sidebar & select "Shepard's Citations."
The Shepard's Citations Service provides a comprehensive case citation & treatment history to verify the validity of case law, statutes, agency opinions, & other legal documents. Only case law is covered in LexisNexis Academic.
Legal Citation Formats from LexisNexis
In LexisNexis, if you are searching for a legal citation you must use the precise format, including exact punctuation. This page provides numerous examples, based on citation formats found in the Uniform System of Case Citation (Blue Book).
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation
Call Number: KF245 .U54, latest in Reference
Prince's Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations
Call Number: Reference (4th floor) KF246 .B46 2009
Enables users to identify the meaning of abbreviations & acronyms employed in American legal literature (Part I) & also to identify the abbreviations for titles, names, & terms used (Part II, the reversed portion).
6th edition (5th edition available via LexisNexis -- US Legal -- Legal Reference).