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Legal Studies

 Court Cases

Lexis Nexis Academic
Use the "Look up a Case" tool if you know the case name or citation, or search by Subject and Topic, Federal and State Cases or Advanced Options, State and Federal Cases

Google Scholar
Activate the Cases radio button, then Select Courts. Scholar search tips

OYEZ: devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work
The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.

Public Library of Law
State appeals and supreme courts from 1997 and federal jurisdictions from various dates.

 Statutes & Regulations

Lexis Nexis Academic
Search by Subject or Topic, Legal and statues or regulations

Browse collections by name for federal regulations, legislative histories and the U.S. Code.

Public Library of Law
Browse and search federal and state statues and regulations.

Congressional Publications (ProQuest)
Provides access to every facet of U.S. Legislative activity: hearings transcripts and submitted testimony, committee reports, bills, public laws, congressional member public interest group ratings, selected committee prints, congressional documents, the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the U.S. Code.


Lexis Nexis Academic
To get to journal articles use the "Search by Subject or Topic" menu and in the Legal category choose Law Reviews.  You could also use the Advanced Options and Content Type Law Reviews check off.

Search the Periodicals Law collection

 Legal News

Lexis Nexis Academic
Legal news files can be found in the Source Directory, Browse, Legal News folders.

International legal news, documents, video and commentary compiled by volunteer law student reporters and supported by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

SCOTUSblog - Supreme Court of the United States blog
The US Supreme Court weblog, featuring news, information, and commentary on all things related to the High Court.

Global Legal Monitor
Worldwide legal news from the Law Library of Congress


Falvey Library Catalog
The books on legal topics discoverable here are written for a general academic audience, not for legal specialists.

Villanova University School of Law Library Catalog
This collection is build for legal scholars.  Non-Law School students may not borrow materials, but Villanova students may use materials in the library on site.

WorldCat (OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.
WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

 Legal Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Blacks Law Dictionary
The quintessential U.S. law dictionary (in print)

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
A dictionary of legal abbreviations. An outstanding free source for identifying the publications referred to by common abbreviations.

Crowdsourced legal dictionary and encyclopedia hosted by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School

Lexis Nexis Academic
American Jurisprudence 2nd (encyclopedia for legal professionals) and Ballentines Law Dictionary from Subject or Topic, Legal, Legal Reference

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Several encyclopedias on legal topics written for the non-specialist.
A self-paced interactive tutorial is available for those new to this resource.

 International & Foreign Law

Constitution Finder
This database [from the University of Richmond School of Law] offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents. Nations of the world are linked to their constitutional text posted somewhere on the Internet.

EISIL Electronic Information System for International Law
"EISIL has been developed, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, by the American Society of International Law (ASIL), a scholarly association that has been a leader in the analysis, dissemination and development of international law since 1906."

European Court of Human Rights
Basic treaties, court decisions and reports.

Flare Index to Treaties
Index to multilaterial treaties from 1856 to present with citations to full text. Compiled by the University of London's Institute for Advanced Legal Studies

Canadian law and international treaties

Lexis Nexis Academic
Provides access to EU and Canadian law

 Legal Research Guides

Source for outstanding legal research guides and trends in legal research and technology edited by Sabrina I. Pacifici.

Legal Information Institute
"The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School. Popular collections include: the U.S. Code, Supreme Court opinions, and Law about..."

Linda Hauck is the subject librarian for Legal Studies and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.

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Business Librarian
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 222

 Style Guides

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2006 ed.)
Written by Peter W. Martin of Cornell University, this is a guide to the Harvard Bluebook and ALWD citation manuals.


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