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Legal Research Guide   Tags: in-depth, law;, legal_research;  

This guide provides information and links to online resources and print resources in the library collection including compilations of laws, regulations, and court decisions.
Last Updated: May 30, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Using This Guide

Below is a brief description ofthe resources found on each tab on this Guide.

  • Basic Resources - a good overall starting point for general background information
  • Government Laws - access to information regarding federal, state, & municipal rules, regulations and laws
  • Case Law - information about specific court cases and rulings
  • Digests - report on the rulings of various Appellate and District Courts
  • Citators - these services can be used to validate your research and monitor cases over time

Off-Campus Access

Most of our indexes, ejournals, and full-text articles can be accessed off-campus using your ISU Borrower ID and password.  See Set your Library password for more information. 

Distance Learning students: Can't find your ISUCard number? Login to AccessPlus.  Choose ISU IDs in the left sidebar to find your ISUCard number.  Your Borrower ID is the last 11 digits of your ISUCard number. (Problems? Contact  See also our DL Guide



Welcome to the subject guide for Legal ResearchThis guide provides access to a select list of online and print resources for anyone doing basic legal research.  There are many websites that provide access to law-related information, however this guide focuses on identifying accurate, authoritive sources.

If you are having difficulty identifying search terms for your research take a look at some of our print resources, such as Black's Law Dictionary

For additional help using these or other legal resources, please use the information in the right sidebar to contact me.

Legal Citation Styles and Locating the Law

Legal Research Tutorials

Need help figuring out how to begin your legal research?  Try some of the following tutorials.

  • University of Michigan Law Library
    We don't subscribe to all the database explored here, but check out the Lexis Nexis Congressional, Shepherd's, and Using Digests links.
  • Georgetown Law Library
    The LRW tutorials provide a basic overview resources that best serve each type of legal research.

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