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How to find cases, statutes, regulations, and other law-related material

Know before you go:

1. There are three kinds of law:

  • Case law or judicial law which consists of court cases/decisions/opinions
  • Statutory or legislative law which consists of statutes/public laws/acts
  • Administrative law which consists of regulations and rulings.

2. Federal resources are much easier to find than state ones.

3. Know as much as you can before searching:

  • Are you looking for a case, a statute, or a regulation?
  • Is it federal or state? If state, which one?
  • If it's a case, what are the names of the parties? What was the date? What was the legal issue?
  • If it's a statute, does it have a popular name like the ADA or NET Act?
  • What is the citation? A citation is the most useful information you can have because it's unique. To find citations of cases (e.g. 5 US 137), statutes (e.g. PL 101-336), or regulations (e.g. 26 CFR 1.10), try searching an encyclopedia, book, or journal article.

Hi! I'm your law librarian, Sue Clerc. Please feel free to email meWe can also meet in person to discuss your research.

A few of the things I can help you with:

  • Where to search
  • How to search
  • How to get articles that aren't in the system