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Welcome to the LibGuide for Legal Resources. Choose from the topics in the tabs across the top of this window.
Legal resources are numerous and complex. If you have personal legal needs you may need to consult a lawyer or a more complete law collection such as the one found at the IUPUI law school. Butler University collects several core legal resources which cover federal and Indiana state law, as well as information on political, historical, and social aspects of law.
Butler University Political Science Department
General Online Resources
Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law by
Publication Date: 2000-08-01
Link leads to ebook version available with Butler University credentials.
"In plain, readable English, Attorney Stephen Elias explains, with plenty of examples and instructions, how to read and understand statues, regulations and cases, evaluate cases for their value as precedent, use all the basic tools of legal research, and practice what you've learned with 'hands-on, library exercises, as well as hypothetical research problems and solutions.'"
Nexis Uni This link opens in a new window
Nexis Uni provides access to the full text of hundreds of major business and legal journals, magazines, and U.S. and international newspapers. Company financial, country, tax, medical, federal and state legal information, and accounting information can also be accessed.
LII's Eye on the Courts
Newsworthy Decisions Available on the Net hosted by Legal Information Institute, Cornell University
Washburn University: Legal Research on the Web
Government materials database list created by Washburn University School of Law. Washburn developed the legal research portal WashLaw (see background at https://washburnlaw.edu/news/2013/10/washlaw.html and https://washburnlaw.edu/prospective/technology.html)
Legal Handbooks and Guides
West's Encyclopedia of American Law by
Call Number: REF KF 154 .W47 2005
Publication Date: 2004-08-27
This set gives a general overview of federal and state law, including historical and social issues.
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