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Basic Legal Research

Databases, encyclopedias, and search techniques for legal research.

Library Research Guide

Legal Books in Hale Library

With the exception of course reserves and current periodicals, all the physical materials that were housed in Hale Library at the time of the fire (4 pm on May 22, 2018) are not available. However, you may request books and digital materials via Interlibrary Loan. Learn more about Interlibrary Loan, including processing time and what to do after submitting a request, on its webpage.

Legal Encyclopedias

Here are some good options for legal encyclopedias. Our copies are not currently available, but you may be able to request copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan. 

American Law Reports

American Law Reports (ALR) entries are similar to, but not quite like those found in encylopedias. ALR entries, or annotations, are not organized alphabetically and rather than providing a general topic overview, tend to narrow in on the specifics of the law. The library's copies are not currently available, but annotations may be requested from other libraries through Interlibrary Services.  

Legal Dictionaries