Legal Resources at the Library
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Basic Overview of Using Resources at the Library:
The link below pulls together a collection of the handouts and guides which may be a useful refresher for you as you research. It includes guides on searching for books in the Library’s Online Catalog and finding articles in the Library’s Databases.
Websites to use for Legal Research:
The University of San Francisco School of Law has developed a great guide with free online Legal Research Resources- http://www.usfca.edu/law/library/research/free/
Reference Books available to use at the Library:
The books in the Staley Library Reference collection may help to provide information about your topic. These books usually do not circulate, but you may copy or scan articles out of them. Some useful titles to look for here at Staley include:
Historic U.S. Court Cases-----REF. KF 352 .Z9 H57 2001 vol.1 & vol.2
Landmark Supreme Court Cases-----REF. KF 4549 .L58 1999
Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court-----REF. KF 8742 .H24 vol.1-5
Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court-----REF. KF 8742 .W567 2010 vol.1 & vol.2
Congress and the Nation-----REF. KF 4935 .C6 vol. 1-11
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business-----REF. KF 190 .C43 2006
Using the LexisNexis database to find Legal Information:
The library subscribes to LexisNexis, which contains coverage of both Federal and State laws, regulations, and court cases, as well as some Law Reviews from noted publishers.
1. To use LexisNexis, from the library’s homepage http://www.millikin.edu/staley
2. Under the Research category, click on the link for “Find Articles, Audio, and Images” to go to the library’s Databases List page.
3. Under Databases by Subject, click on Law.
4. Lexis Nexis will be the second database in the list. Click on the title to launch the database.
*If you know your case, you can use the quick search function listed on the main screen.
Type in the citation, parties, or the topic, and click “Go”.
Your search will bring up a list of results. Click on the name of the case to see more information.
You can also search within your results, limit your results, or sort your results.
*For more detailed searching, click on the US Legal blue bar on the left side instead of using the quick search function listed on the main screen.
When you click on US Legal, it expands that category so that you can see all of the subcategories.
Click on a subcategory that is appropriate for your topic.
Each subcategory provides you the ability to search.
Again type in your search terms, and you will receive a list of results.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the library!
Guide developed by Librarians
Debbie Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org or 217.420.6719
Denise Green, email@example.com or 217.424.6387