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Law - United States, General

This guide is a selected list of resources for starting research in United States law.

Starting Your Research

The following is a selected list of resources for starting research in law. For further assistance, email lawref@uoregon.edu.

These sources can help you identify a topic for your research. Some provide an overview of a specific issue and suggest other materials which might be useful for your research. Others help you to notice a topic that might be of interest to you.

  • Dictionaries
    These sources can help you understand legal terminology:
  • Encyclopedias
    These sources provide an overview of major legal subjects, concepts and events:
    • Oxford Companion to American Law [LAW REF (Ask at Desk) KF156 .O94 ; also available online]
    • West's Encyclopedia of American Law, 2d ed. [LAW REF (Ask at Desk) KF154 .W47 2005; also available online]
         
  • Legal Citation
    These sources can help you to understand legal abbreviations and the proper format for citing legal sources:
    • ALWD Citation Manual [LAW LIB STUDY AIDS KF245 .A45 ]
    • Prince's Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations [LAW REF (Ask at Desk) KF246 .B46]
    • Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation [LAW LIB STUDY AIDS KF245 .U55]
    • Prince's Bieber Dictionary of Legal Citations [LAW REF (Ask at Desk) KF246 .B45]

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