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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.


Welcome to the subject guide for Legal Research. This 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, authoritative sources. For any questions, Ask Us!

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Using This Guide

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

  • Basic Resources - A good overall starting point for general background information
  • Books - Display of recently acquired titles
  • Journals - Different access options to legal journals
  • 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
  • Miscellaneous - General resources including helpful websites

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Charles Yier
150 Parks Library
Iowa State University