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Legal research resources: reference and referral
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Legal Books from the Library Catalog

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Black's Law Dictionary - A. Bryan Garner (Editor-In-Chief)
Call Number: 340.03 B
ISBN: 9780314613004
Publication Date: 2014-05-01

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Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability - David A. Morton III,
Call Number: 368.42 N
ISBN: 9781413322231
Publication Date: 2016-03-31

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Plan Your Estate - Denis Clifford
Call Number: 346.73 P
ISBN: 9781413322859
Publication Date: 2016-04-18

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Becoming a U. S. Citizen - Ilona Bray
Call Number: 323.6 B
ISBN: 9781413320633
Publication Date: 2014-09-30

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The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California - Peri Pakroo
Call Number: 346.974 S
ISBN: 9781413322316
Publication Date: 2016-02-29

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How to Write a Business Plan - Mike McKeever
Call Number: 658.15 H
ISBN: 9781413320787
Publication Date: 2014-11-15

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Legal Research - Stephen Elias; Editors of Nolo
Call Number: 340.072 L
ISBN: 9781413321821
Publication Date: 2015-08-15

General Legal Resources

  • American Law Sources On-Line
    Straightforward, easy to use website contains charts with links to U.S., Canadian, and Mexican primary legal materials--including constitutions, codes, court opinions, court rules, etc.
  • Cornell Legal Information Institute
    Comprehensive academic website with links to U.S. and state constitutions, codes, and court opinions. Also provides legal information by topic.
  • FindLaw
    Wide collection of legal resources; includes legal information by topic; links to the U.S. Code, recent Supreme Court decisions, legal forms, links to state laws, legal guides from the American Bar Association.
    Web portal to legal information; includes legal information by topic, links to state and federal government information, courts, laws, and forms. Also a list of law schools by state and a list of legal blogs by topic.
    Website to Nolo self-help publications--also provides a plain English legal dictionary and free information on a variety of legal topics.
  • Public Library of Law
    Free access to case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions for all 50 states and federal jurisdictions; must register to access case law. Forms are available for a fee.
    U.S. Government's Official Web Portal--search engine for U.S. government information.
  • LawHelpCA
    LawHelpCA is California’s official and free legal resource.
    RELIABLE information about common legal issues, written by reputable sources on 16 general topics and over 140 specific subtopics
    UPDATED directory of legitimate and pre-screened organizations that offer free or low-cost legal advice and representation

Legal Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Los Angeles Law Library

LA Law Library is committed to providing the best possible resources for legal research.  Established in 1891, the LA Law Library has provided information to the legal community, government officials, and the public for over 100 years.  With nearly 1,000,000 books and documents, it is the second largest public law library in the United States.


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Legislative Process and Legal Literacy

  • California Legislative Process
    Information on the California legislative process, also includes a glossary of legislative terms from the California State Senate website.
  • Life Cycle of a Bill in California
    Another helpful guide to the legislative process in California, from the California State Capitol Museum.
  • Federal Legislative Process
    Information from the Library of Congress on the federal legislative process; how a bill becomes a law.
  • Federal Legislative Process for Kids
    Information on the federal legislative process for kids, with varying levels of difficulty for different age groups including young learners, grade school, middle school, and high school.
  • California State Bar Guide to Legal Literacy
    A guide to understanding the U.S. legal system, includes information on how laws are enacted and how cases, both civil and criminal, proceed through the courts. Also includes a legal glossary.

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