Legal Research Methodology
Databases Available to IUP Students and Faculty
Two databases of particular interest for legal researchers are LexisNexis and Legal Collection. (To gain access from home, use your 16 digit I-card number.)
Legal Research Manual: a game plan for legal research and analysis - KF240 .W7 1988 - Probably the best book in the IUP collection for legal research beginners.
Handbook for Research in Media Law - KF241.C65 L66 2005 - By its title you'd think this book was useful only for media law, but it's not. This book provides good explanations of laws, statutes, regulations and the differences that exist between them and case law. In addition, it gives a good explanation of how to use LexisNexis legal research and case validation features.
Practical Legal Research: skills & strategies for the legal assistant - KF240 .W32 1995 - Whether or not you intend to become a paralegal, this is a good resource.
Reference Works - Cannot be removed from the library
Legal Research In a Nutshell - [REF] KF240 .C54 1971 - While this is a good resource, don't let the title fool you. Legal research, when done correctly, is exhaustive.
How to Find the Law - [REF] KF240 .C538 1983
Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court - [REF] KF8742 .W567 1990
Black's Law Dictionary - [REF] KF156.B53 2004
Corpus Juris Secundum: a complete restatement of the entire American law as developed by all reported cases - [REF] KF154.C56
Federal Supplement - [REF] KF120 .F42
Federal Reporter - [REF] KF 105 .F432
Search for Books and/or Request Inter-Library Loans
A guide to Basic Legal Citation courtesy of Peter Martin, Cornell University.
The authoratative source for citing legal cases, statutes, laws etc, The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation KF245 .B58 and [REF] KF245.B58 is available at the Stapleton Library.
The following links are provided courtesy of Purdue University.
A guide to the Chicago/Turabian style of citation.
A guide to the APA style of citation.
A guide to the MLA style of citation.
A guide to citing electronic sources.
Guide originally created by Richard Louis.