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Legal Research Resources for USD Students (Non-Law): Other Legal Research Guides
This guide is intended for academic research in legal resources by University of South Dakota graduate and undergraduate students from colleges and schools other than the School of Law. The information in this guide is not intended as legal advice.
Cornell's Research Guides cover Legal Research Fundamentals, U.S. Research by Topic, and Foreign and International Legal Research.
Most law libraries provide online access to their research guides. Although these guides may contain information specific to the library's collections, they provide references to treatises, Web sources, major case law, legislation, and other relevant sources.
For state-specific legal research, browse the Web sites of the major law libraries in that state.
The following are examples of reliable law library research guides.
The first part of this guide provides an overview and links to sites that provide free access to federal case law, statutes & codes, legislative history sources, and administrative law materials. The second part summarizes the features and costs of less expensive legal databases.
In this Internet Journal, choose one of the subcategories of Legal Research (Citators, Comparative/Foreign Law, Digital Archives, Human Rights, Immigration Law, Legislative, Litigation Support, and United States Law), browse the list of articles, or click on one of the links on the right-hand tool bar (Legal Research, Librarian Resources, or Legal Technology).
This guide is an online legal encyclopedia for legal researchers. It provides concise explanations to commonly encountered research questions. For example, if you search "military records" you will find an entry on how to verify whether a person is a current member of the U.S. military.