Choosing and crafting a topic
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2014 ed) by Peter Martin is an excellent guide to how to read and write legal citations. It provides guidance on how to reference legal materials using both the two most commonly used standards the Blue Book and ALWD.
Illustrative Case Citation
District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S.Ct. 2783 (2008)
Parties to the case: District of Columbia and Heller
Reporter abbreviation: S.Ct.
Volume number: 128
1st page of case: 2783
Year case decided: 2008
Illustrative Statute Citation
D.C. Code sec. 7-2501 (LexisNexis 2008)
Abbreviation for statute codification: D.C. Code
Section of codification: 7-2501
Source and date: (LexisNexis 2008)
Illustrative Law Journal Article
Allen Rosten, Incrementalism, Comprehensive Rationality and the Future of Gun Control, 67 Md. Law Rev. 511 (2008)
Author: Allen Rosten
Article Title: Incrementalism...
Abbreviation of journal: Md. Law Rev
Volume number 67
1st page of article: 511
Year article published: 2008
Encyclopedias used by law students
Falvey Memorial Library Catalog Include words such as legal or law or regulation or legislation in your search. Alternately narrow your search to the K "Call Number.
Villanova University School of Law Library Catalog Avoid using the words law or legal or legislation in this catalog. The entire collection is legal in nature. Books available for in library use only.
Primary sources are the law. Only bodies with lawmaking power can create primary sources. Examples of primary sources include constitutions, legislation, regulations, ordinances, executive orders, cases and treaties.
Law Library of Congress Guide to Law Online This is a selective guide to authritative free online sources for state, national, foreign and international law.
LexisNexis This database provides access to state and federal constitutions, statutes, and cases.
HeinOnline Federal statutes and regulations, presidential documents, foreign laws