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Legal Research Guide

This guide provides information and links to online resources and print resources in the library collection including compilations of laws, regulations, and court decisions.

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Basic Resources

The resources on the tab are a good overall starting point in your legal research process. You can discover background information, learn legal terminology, or become familiar with specific areas of law. They will also help you determine what sort of resources you need to access to do further research, for example will you need to research federal, state, or local law resources.

Indexes & Databases


Aside from the general encylopedia's listed below, the library collection also has topical encyclopedia's such as the Encyclopedia of ethical, legal, and policy issues in biotechnology. Try searching the catalog for specific topics of interest.


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Charles Yier
150 Parks Library
Iowa State University

Credo Reference: Criminology & Law

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Credo Reference helps you start your law research with dictionaries of legal terms, handbooks in criminology, and histories of key cases.

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