This guide is intended to provide general legal resources for students not requiring the detailed, more advanced research tools that are available in the Law Library.
If you need more specialized resources, or more expert guidance in using legal sources, please consult a librarian at the Law Library!
Many of the resources cited in this guide are freely available to the general public as well as to our students, from on or off campus. Resources that are restricted to our students are noted by this graphic:
More details on some topics covered in this guide can be found in our LibGuide: Congress, Legislation, etc., and in other LibGuides. Look for this graphic when reference to these other resources will give you more information on the topic being discussed.
Looking for legal information can be confusing and even overwhelming at times. But keeping in mind the various types of legal entities that produce information, and the general types of information produced, can make the process at least a little more understandable.
If you can answer these questions, you'll have a good handle on where to look for specifics.
If you have a legal citation from another source, interpreting the citation can be critical to determining the answers to these key questions. And, consequently, where you should look for the information.
Generally speaking, legal citations follow this formula:
[chapter/title/volume] [source] [page/law/section/issue]