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Last Updated: Mar 11, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Top Sources for Legal Research

  • LexisNexis Academic
    "Legal Research" section includes legal news, law review articles, state and federal case law, state and federal statutory law, federal regulations, tax law and European Union law.
  • ProQuest Congressional  
    Provides fulltext information published by and about the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
  • United States Courts
    Great information on the structure of the Federal Courts System.


This guide will help you with Legal research. Note the tabs in blue above.

Case Law: access to federal court opinions at all 3 levels and state opinions at the appeals court levels

Federal Statutory Law: laws enacted by Congress

State, County and Municipal Laws: laws enacted by state legislatures; ordinances and codes from cities and counties

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks: background information on legal topics, definitions, citing legal resources

Websites: legal information, tax codes, copyright information, patent information, renters' rights, etc.

Feel free to ask at the Reference Desk for assistance using this guide. You may also contact Lynda Kellam, Data Services and Government Information Librarian, or make an appointment with her. Nancy Ryckman can offer assistance as well.

Legal Research Guides

  • Cornell's Basics of Legal Research
    Great, easy to read guide for legal research. UNCG does not have all resources mentioned, but the general concepts are helpful.
  • One Good Case approach for legal research
    Describes an approach for doing legal research that uses "one good case" to help the researcher find more cases on a topic.
  • Thurgood Marshall Law Library Guide to Legal Research
    Extensive guide to doing legal research by the Thurgood Marshall Law Library. UNCG does not have all resources mentioned, but the general concepts are helpful.
  • Legal Research Illustrated
    A print volume on doing legal research. It is a bit dated but goes through the general process of legal research.

    The call number is KF240 .J322 1998. We have two copies, one in reference and one in the tower area.

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