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POS 408 - American Constitutional Law II
Dr. Herron

Legal Research | Law Dictionaries/Encyclopedias | Case Law | Law Review Articles
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The course research guide focuses on some specific resources in the University Library and on the World Wide Web useful for legal 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.

Legal Research

Start with these sources to help you understand the various aspects of legal research.

Law Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Check the dictionaries for definitions of legal terms.

The encyclopedias provide brief discussions of legal topics and cite relevant cases.

  • Black's Law Dictionary
    Main Reference Desk: KF 156 .B53 1999
  • Everybody's Legal Dictionary
  • Legal Thesaurus
    Main Reference Desk: KF 156 .B856
  • American Jurisprudence 2d (Am. Jur. 2d)
    WestLaw Campus
  • Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS)
    Main Reference: KF 382 .C65

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.

US Cases

State Cases

Articles from Law Reviews

Much of the scholarly legal literature is published in law reviews (journals). Searching the Library's online databases is the most efficient way to find articles in these publications. Our databases are easily accessible off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Cedric Davis at (334) 229-6998.

Your Comments

Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about this guide. Has it helped with your research? Do you have any suggestions for improving the guide? You may e-mail Barbara Hightower at or call (334) 229-6839 with your comments and suggestions.

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Authored by: Barbara Hightower, Information Literacy Librarian
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May 17, 2004