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Legal Research Guides

How & Where to Begin Your Research

  • Law: An Introduction
    Wisconsin and Federal guides to the types of law, how laws are made, and how government works.

Federal Law -- Overview

Administrative Law

Federal

  • Code of Federal Regulations / Federal Register
    • Federal Register:What It Is and How to Use It (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)
      Historical background of the Register & the Code of Federal Regulations. Explanation of the regulatory process. Understand how the Register and CFR are organized. Learn how public laws, the Register & the CFR are related.
    • Research Guide to the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.)
      Historical development of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations. Explains the content and organization of the Register & CFR and indexing of both. Discusses electronic sources for each and how to locate older issues. Refers to the List of CFR Sections Affected and explains how to use the LSA.

Statutory Law

Wisconsin

  • Legislative Drafting Records
  • Legislative History Research in Wisconsin(WI State Law Library)
    Get an overview of legislative history research in a clear diagram. Links and coverage for online and print resources are included.
  • Researching Legislative History in Wisconsin (WI Legislative Reference Bureau)
    Offers suggestions for researching Wisconsin constitutional and statutory law and for determining legislative intent. Resources discussed include drafting records, session laws, history notes, bills, Assembly and Senate journals, Bulletin of Proceedings, and committee records. Also outlines the steps for tracing legislative histories.

States

Federal

Administrative Law & Statutory Law

Updating the Law

  • Cases / Statutes / Regulations
  • Cases
    • American Law Reports (American Association of Law Libraries)
      Learn how to update this case-finding tool.
  • Statutes (American Association of Law Libraries)
    Learn how to update federal statutes. Instruction on updating United States Code, USCA & USCS. General information on updating state statutes.
  • Regulations (American Association of Law Libraries)
    Learn how to update federal regulations & state administrative codes.

International Law

  • GlobalLex
    International law research
  • International Legal Research Tutorial
    Designed to teach strategies and methodology for researching both print and electronic sources of international legal materials. Discusses the difference between international, foreign and comparative law with the main focus of the tutorial being public international law.
  • Nations of the World (Law Library of Congress)
    Links to governmental bodies & constitutions worldwide. Guides for researching a given country's legal system.
  • Primer on the Civil Law System (Federal Judicial Center)

Treaties

  • ASIL Guide...Treaties (American Society of International Law)
    Discusses the difficulties in locating full-text of treaties and in determining their status. Points to general full-text collections of treaties on the Internet including international and national government sources & non-governmental sources. Also discusses sources for determining status of a treaty and for possible reservations against the treaty.
  • Treaties: Legal Guides (Law Library of Congress)
    Links to guides for researching treaties.

Government Information

Research Tools

  • Legal Research Tutorials (Georgetown Law Library)
    Tutorials cover: Statutory Research, Cases & Digests, Administrative Law, International Law, Legislative History, Internet Research, Lexis, Westlaw, and Secondary Sources.
  • Restatements of the Law (Harvard Law School Library)
    Learn about Restatements and how they are created. Includes how to find cases citing the Restatements, how to find law reviews about Restatements, how to trace the history & development of Restatement sections, and more.
  • Understand Legal Citations

CLE Classes

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