Researching American law
Research guides and sites on the Internet
- Best’s Legal Bookmarks
- – links to leading US legal research sites
- Boston College Law Library, Research Guides and Videos.
- – guides to researching case law and statutes in the US
- Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Major Treatises by Topic
- Georgetown Law Library, Free & Low Cost Legal Research.
- – online alternatives to Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw for US research
- GPO Access, Comparison of American Legislative Resources
- – comparison of availability, scope and coverage of legislative resources on 4 government websites (GPO Access, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Congressional site THOMAS) and on 4 commercial services (CQ.com, HeinOnline, Lexis-Nexis Congressional, and Westlaw)
- Harvard Research Guides, Legal Analysis and Research Strategy.
- – the basics of research strategy in the US context
- Harvard Tutorials and Videos
- – video guides to legal research tasks
- Indiana University School of Law, Law Library Pathfinders.
- – guides to secondary sources, researching case law and statutes in the US
- Martin, Introduction to Basic Legal Citation.
- – guide to US legal citation
- Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Legal Research Materials, American Legal Materials.
- – guide to researching US law for the Canadian researcher
- Pace Law School, Free and Low Cost Resources for Legal Research.
- – alternatives to Westlaw and Lexis
Research guides in print
Barkan, Mersky & Dunn, Fundamentals of Legal Research, 9th ed. (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson West, 2009).
Berring & Edinger, Finding the Law, 12th ed. (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson West, 2005).
Best et al, Legal Research – 1995 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1995).
Cohen & Olson, Legal Research in a Nutshell, 9th ed. (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson West, 2007).
Fine, American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide (Newark, NJ: LexisNexis, 2008).
Kunz, et al., The Process of Legal Research, 7th ed. (New York: Aspen Publishers, 2008).
Wren & Wren, The Legal Research Manual, (Madison, WI: Legal Education Pub., 1999).
Wren & Wren, Using Computers in Legal Research (Madison, WI: Ambrose and Adams, 1994).