Legal Research

Table of Contents

Sources of the Law


  Legislative Enactments 

  Case Law

Finding the Law

Verifying Search Results

Citation of Authorities

Virtual Law Library

This on line tutorial will take you through the basic steps of performing legal research, from identifying the sources of law to properly citing the authorities you find. There are links to the ever increasing number of free legal research tools available on the World Wide Web, as well as links to the major fee based services. The focus is on researching federal and California law.

If you're already adept at legal research methods and merely want a convenient place to start your on line research from, then go directly to the Virtual Law Library.

An account number or password is required for access to Lexis, Westlaw and Shepard's.

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