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Basic Legal Research: Handbooks and Manuals

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Handbooks and Manuals

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

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


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