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  • 1. Circulating Collection Databases W&J has many books in its circulating We have several databases that provide collection about law. business information. U. Grant Miller To find a book in the library’s catalog, go 1. Academic Search Elite: Full-text Library to http://www.washjeff.edu/library scholarly articles from 2,000 journals Click on “Geotom Catalog” in the gray from 1985 to present. Quick Links box. 2. LexisNexis Academic: Provides information about federal and state legal cases. Help Guide Online Sources These websites provide accurate information on United States law. Law 1. The Supreme Court: The Supreme Court’s official website has a lot of Resources Try using the Advanced Search form. information about the Court including court rules, opinions, and biographies of current justices. American law is an http://www.supremecourt.gov/ 2. THOMAS: The Library of Congress’s extremely complex system search engine for legislative information. that covers many issues and Look up bills from Congresses concepts. The law is a vital throughout history. part of American society. http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php 3. FDsys: GPO’s Federal Digital System. This guide provides useful Use this website to find government resources to consult when Try a search with “law” in the first box documents online, including learning about the law. and select “Book” from the drop-down Congressional documents, U.S. Code, menu next to “type.” and Public and Private Laws. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ Washington & Jefferson College 60 S. Lincoln St. Washington, PA 15301 Phone: 724-223-6070 User Services This will return a very long list of results. Phone: 724-223-6072 Research Services Washington & Jefferson College Try narrowing it down by searching for a Fax: 724-223-5272 specific legal topic or concept. www.washjeff.edu/library
  • 2. What is law? Reference Books Historic U.S. Court Cases: An Encyclopedia Law is “the discipline and profession KF385 .A4 J64 2001 v.1-2 There are many books in the library’s This set covers over 200 major concerned with the customs, practices, and Reference Section that define and explain court cases, both state and federal, rules of conduct of a community that are common terms and concepts used in the study from colonial times to present. recognized as binding by the community” of law. (Encyclopedia Britannica). In the U.S., the Constitution is “the supreme Law of the Land” (Constitution, Article VI). The Supreme Court A to Z The Constitution also establishes the KF8742 .A35 S8 2007 The Constitution and Its judicial system (Constitution, Article III). This volume provides information Amendments on the Supreme Court, including KF4557 .C66 1999 v.1-4 history, biographies of justices, This set provides a chronological Where can I find legal resources? cases, and more. history of the Constitution and amendments and places them in a At W&J’s library, we have many resources historical context. available that will provide accurate information on law. There are three main locations to find Black’s Law Dictionary information related to business: KF156 .B53 2004 1. The Reference Section, located on This volume, regarded as the most Congress and the Nation the far wall behind the Research valuable reference in the legal com- KF49 .C653 v.1-11 1945-2004 Services desk on the first floor munity, provides definitions of thou- This set provides information on 2. The Circulating Collection, located sands of legal terms and acronyms Congressional actions and trends. on the first floor (A-E) and as well as quotations. downstairs (F-Z) 3. Databases, located on W&J’s library website at http://www.washjeff.edu/library Lower Floor Abstracts Alcove and West’s Encyclopedia of There are also online resources you can American Law Circulating Collection consult to find legal information. KF154 .W47 2004 v.1-13 This set provides information on the United States Statutes at Large Tips people, issues, and events in 345.11 Un3 v.28-97 American law. This set covers the Statutes at Large and proclamations of the United To find similar titles to the ones listed in this States of America from 1893 to 1983. guide, check the shelves around the call numbers given here. Books are shelved by subject, so you might find a different book The Oxford Companion to better suited to your needs. American Law Remember: reference books can’t be United States Supreme Court KF154 .O96 2002 Reports, Lawyer’s Edition checked out and must be used in the This volume provides information 345.5 Un3 v.1-100 library. Items in the circulating collection on a wide variety of topics within KF101 .A313 1957 Ser. 2 v.1-174 can be checked out. American law. This set details every Supreme Don’t hesitate to ask a librarian for help! Court decision. Just stop by the Research Services desk.