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This guide will help you get started with general legal research.  You can use Getting Started to find out where to go to get good overviews and quick information – this is a particularly useful place to start if you don’t know a lot about your topic.  Find Books/Media and Find Articles help you figure out how to use our catalog (for books and videos) and our databases (for articles from scholarly and/or popular journals, newspapers, etc).  Find Articles also takes you to a list of the best legal databases.  Find Cases leads you to full text of cases from federal and state court systems and to sources that identify cases on a topic.  Find Laws lists statutory law materials, and there is also a page for International Law. How Do I covers common questions you may have, such as “How do I get things that aren’t at Hunter Library?”


    Getting Started

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    West's Encyclopedia of American Law
    Call Number: WCU GENERAL KF154 .W47 2005
    ISBN: 0787663670
    Publication Date: 2004-08-27
    An authoritative legal encyclopedia written in plain English for the layman. Useful appendix volume contains the full text of many historical legal documents. Index volume includes legal dictionary. Currency is maintained by the American Law Yearbook.

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    American Jurisprudence, 2nd (AmJur 2d)
    Call Number: WCU REFERENCE KF154 .A42
    Legal encyclopedia with many case references. Detailed multi-volume index.
    Also available online through Westlaw Next.

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    Blacks Law Dictionary
    Call Number: WCU REFERENCE KF156 .B53 2004
    ISBN: 0314151990
    Publication Date: 2004
    Definitions of most words and phrases used in law. Legal abbreviations listed in back of volume.

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    American Law Reports, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th and 6th Series
    Call Number: WCU REFERENCE KF132
    (ALR 2d, ALR 3d, ALR 4th, ALR 5th, ALR 6th)
    In-depth analysis of legal issues, including lists of relevant cases, case summaries, and, for each topic, one complete case. Also available online through the Westlaw Next database.

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    American Law Reports (ALR Fed)
    Call Number: WCU REFERENCE KF105 .A54
    In-depth analysis of law topics, with summaries and references to federal cases.
    Also available online through the Westlaw Next database.

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