How do I get there?
Start with the homepage of the Charleston School
Select the library tab and click on it.
At the next screen, select start your research here.
Select Free Internet Legal Resources Portal.
What’s in the portal?
Librarians have vetted the resources in the portal so
we would describe the sites contained as:
with accurate, authentic and objective content;
that is current; and
that is updated frequently.
Charleston & Charleston County
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Legal Research Portals
South Carolina Legal Research
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Lexis Patron Access Terminals
There are three terminals; two are upstairs while
one is downstairs.
Check with a librarian at the Reference Desk or the
Circulation Manager to obtain the password to log
Once logged onto the computer, select and click on
the round Lexis icon.
Before accessing the content, you will be prompted
to enter your name and agree to the terms and
conditions, i.e. a click through, shrink wrap
Secondary Legal: Martindale Hubbell & Law
Search by Practice Area Rather than
Besides Keyword Searching, How Can I
Search? Use Get a Document.
Searching by Keyword
I want to find an opinion published by the United States
Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. It involves
a public school, a student, social media, the school’s
punishment of the student’s off campus speech, and the
student’s free speech rights that the school allegedly
What do I do?
Decide which database/library/jurisdiction to use. It
is given here. 4th Circuit.
Formulate the issue. Whether a public school can
regulate a student’s off campus digital speech without
violating the First Amendment?
Develop search terms and a search query: “public
school” & regulate & student & “off campus” & speech &
The library has a hybrid collection of print and electronic materials. For a list
of major titles, check out the Major Title Locator.
Frequently used print materials include:
Am. Jur. 2d Aisle 13A-13B
Am. Jur. Pleading & Practice Aisle 13B
American Law Reports (ALR) Aisles 14B–15A
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Aisle 5A-5B
CJS Aisle 13A
Decennial & General Digest Aisle 16A-17A
Law Reviews Aisles 34B-37A
Moore’s Federal Practice Aisle 49A
Powell on Real Property Aisle 45B
South Carolina Code of Laws Aisles 39B-40A, 52A
South Carolina Digest Aisle 39B, 53B
South Carolina Register Aisle 38A
South Carolina Reports Aisles 38B-39A
South Carolina Session Laws Aisle 40A
Acts & Joint Resolutions
Print Materials (con’t)
South Carolina Treatises Aisle 41A-B
United States Code Aisle 4A
United States Code Annotated (West) Aisle 4A-4B
United States Code Service (Lexis) Aisle 4B
United States Reports Aisle
Weinstein’s Federal Evidence Aisle 49B
West’s Supreme Court Reporter Aisle 5B
Words & Phrases Aisle 15B
Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice Aisle 49A
Not on the list?
Check out the library’s catalog to determine whether
the library has the item.
You can the search the catalog by author, title or
You can also limit the search by format, i.e. book,
computer file, audio visual.
Call (843.377.4020) or email
(firstname.lastname@example.org) the Reference Desk.
We’re glad to help!