LexisNexis online resources available for students and staff!
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Need help reading legal citations? This simple guide will show you how! Reading Legal Citations
Primary and secondary print sources are shelved on the first floor in the reference area. The reference book call numbers and links to the records are provided below. If you need help locating these sources, please ask a librarian at the reference desk. In addition, you will find links to useful websites.
This is the law.
There are 4 sources of law
From the 3 branches of government.
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>> U.S. Constitution
> Print - Call# REF KF62
> Search & Browse in LexisNexis (under Federal Statutes, Codes & Regulations)
> The U.S. Constitution - on FindLaw.com with annotations
>> State Constitution
> Print - Call# REF KFC30.5.W4 B5
> Search & Browse in LexisNexis (under State Statutes, Codes & Regulations)
> State Constitution - on FindLaw.com with annotations
> US Codes Annotated (USCA) - Call# REF KF62 (updated until mid-2011) & searchable online in LexisNexis
> West's Annotated California Codes - Call# REF KFC31.5.W4 updated until mid-2011)
> Deering's Annotated California Codes - Print (Call# REF KFC 30.5.D4 H37 2011)
> Find California Code - Searchable website (Note: Consult the general index at the end of the series)
> West's Supreme Court Reporter - Call# REF KF101.S9 (updated until mid-2011)
> Shepard's United States Citations - Call# REF KF101.2.S54 (updated until mid-2011) & searchable online in LexisNexis
>> State (CA) - Cases are searchable online in LexisNexis
> West's California Reporter - Call# REF KFC47.C32, kept current
> Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) - Website
> Search or browse administrative codes under State Statutes, Codes, and Regulations
Works that describe and define the law
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>> Terminology: Start your search by identifying and defining appropriate terms,
synonyms and antonyms to use when searching an index.
> Black's Law Dictionary - Call# REF KF 156.B53
> Burton's Legal Thesaurus - Call# REF KF 156.B856
> Search under US Legal > Legal Reference in LexisNexis
>> Legal Encyclopedias: Find relevant cases on a subject.
> Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS) - Call# REF KF 154.C56, updated until mid-2011
> American Jurisprudence (AmJur) - Search & browse in LexisNexis under US Legal >Legal Reference
> West's California Jurisprudence (CalJur) - Call# REF KFC 80.C29
>> Treatises and Hornbooks: Find commentary and examinations of legal subjects.
> Witkin's Summary of California Law - Call# REF KFC80 .W5 2005
> Nutshell Series - Keyword search: "nutshell series" & Sort by: Title
> Hornbook Series - Keyword search: "hornbook series" & Sort by: Title
>> Practice Guides
> Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Materials - 2 hour loan at the Reserve Desk (under instructor Dayton)
> CA Forms of Pleading and Practice - Call# REF KFC1010.A65 C3
>> Jury Instructions
> California Jury Instructions, Civil (CACI or BAJI) - Call# REF KFC1047.A65 C35
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Companion to the United States Constitution Call# - (on order)
Constitution of the USA: Analysis of Cases Decided by the Supreme Court Call # - (on order)
Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments 1789-2005 - Call# - REF KF4557.V555 1996
Guide to the US Supreme Court - Call# - (on order)
Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law - Call# - (on order)
Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law - Call# - (on order)
Public Debate over Controversial Supreme Court Decisions- Call# - (on order)
E-Books (password required for NetLibrary access off-campus or WiFi)
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