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Edu 680-School Law
Dr. McCray

Law Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Education Law Reference Books Case Law US Cases State Cases
Education & legal Databases Online Legal Resources

Government Information

Citation Style World Wide Web  


The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the resources in the University Library and on the World Wide Web useful for your research. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. You may also call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open.

Law Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Black's Law Dictionary
Main Reference Desk: KF 156 .B53 1999

Legal Thesaurus
Main Reference Desk: KF 156 .B856 1998

West's Encyclopedia of American Law
Main Reference: KF154 .W47 1998

American Jurisprudence 2d (Am. Jur. 2d)
Westlaw Campus (ASU)

Corpus Juris Secundum Ref. KF 382 .C65 Burton’s Legal Thesaurus Ref. KF 156. B 856 1998

Education Law Reference Books

American Public School Law
Ref. KF 4118 .A392 2001

Deskbook Encyclopedia of American School Law Ref. KF 4116 .D46 2003

Education and the Law: A Dictionary
Ref.KF 4117 .T39 1996

Public School Law: Teachers' and Students' Rights Ref. KF4119 .M38 1998

U.S. Supreme Court Education Cases Ref. KF 4110.3 .U55 2002
Education and the Legal System: A Guide to Understanding the Law Ref. KF 4118 .L66 2004
Major Acts of Congress Ref. KF 154. M35 2004  

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To expand your research to books not located in the Library HORNetCat or online in NetLibrary you may request other books through Interlibrary Loan or check them out from libraries in the Montgomery Higher Education Consortium.

Case Law

Before searching for United States cases, it's a good idea to understand the federal court system. These three Web sites provide information on the different federal courts.

Understanding the Federal Courts
Law Library of Congress: US Judiciary: The Federal Court System & Decisions
The Federal Judiciary: US Courts

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US Cases

LexisNexis' Legal Research: Federal Case Law (ASU) FindLaw: Cases and Codes: Supreme Court Opinions, 1893 - present
WestLaw Campus (ASU) Supreme Court Reporter Ref. KF 101 .S94
Supreme Court Opinions: Slip Opinions 2000-Present Supreme Court Collections : Supreme Court Decisions 1990-present

U.S Supreme Court Reports Ref. KF 127.U5 2nd Series

Federal Reporter (Circuit Courts of Appeal)
Ref. KF 127 .F48/Ref. KF 127 .F48 2d Series

Federal Supplement (District Courts) Ref.KF 105 .F45 2d Ser& 3d Series


State Cases

LexisNexis' Legal Research: State Case Law (ASU) Southern Reporter Ref. KF 135 S18S 75 1st & 2nd Series
WestLaw (ASU) Alabama Reporter Ref. KFA 47 A32
Alabama Reports Ref. KFA 45 A19 Alabama Appellate Court Reports Ref. KFA 48 .A24
Alabama Judicial System Online

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Education & legal Databases

LexisNexis's Academic Universe: Legal Research (ASU)
One of the most powerful of the commercial legal resource services, with complete access to federal and state case law and codes.

Westlaw Campus (ASU )
Provides access to legal resources such as cases, statutes, regulations and references. References include encyclopedias, research guides, famous documents, and preparation for law school.

Academic Search Premier (ASU)
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for nearly 4,000 scholarly publications, including more than 3,100 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 7,373 journals in the collection

Wilson Education Full Text (ASU)

Education Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles. Books relating to education published in 1995 or later are also indexed. Abstracting coverage begins with January 1994. Full-text coverage begins in January 1996.

Back to 1800; does not include the last 3-5 years; full text, searchable back files of 139 core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Digital Dissertations (ASU)
Contains citations for dissertations starting with 1861 on, abstracts for dissertations from 1980 on, abstracts for master's theses from 1988 on, and full-text access to dissertations (via PDF) from 1997 to the present

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Online Legal Resources

Findlaw Internet Legal Resource Heiros Gamos Legal Research Center
U.S. Federal Court's Home Page Lectric Law Library Lexicon-Dictionary
Nolo Press Duhaime's Law Dictionary
Internet Legal Resource Guide Law Dictionary
Cornell: Education law Resources School Law

Government Information

Federal and state governments publish a plethora of information on many topics. Although the University Library is not a depository for government documents, you can request documents through Interlibrary Loan.You may also visit the library at Auburn University Montgomery, which is a governmnet depository .

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Citation Style

You will use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to cite your sources. A copy of the Manual is available at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the Library.

APA Style Quick Reference APA Style
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation  

World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is an outstanding but often bewildering source of information. Not everything you find will be authoritative, accurate, and valid. Try searching one of these databases to find more reliable Web sites

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