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U.S. Legal System

Core Legal Databases

  • LexisNexis Academic
    LexisNexis Academic contains primary sources for U.S. law and some foreign and international jurisdictions and law reviews. It is available to all members of the University of Chicago community.
  • HeinOnline
    HeinOnline contains a wide range of primary and secondary law, including PDF files of all U.S. law reviews back to the first date of publication.
  • Bloomberg BNA Databases
    Bloomberg BNA publishes current awareness newsletters in a wide range of legal subjects, and has case and secondary source libraries in, e.g., intellectual property and employment law.
  • FDsys
    The U.S. Government Printing Office's site for primary law, such as the United States Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Register and many congressional documents.

Helpful Resources

  • Black's Law Dictionary
    D'Angelo Law Reserve, D'Angelo Law Reference - XXKF156.B5322 2009
    The standard work for American law abbreviations and terminology.
  • Duhaime's Law Dictionary
    A freely-available legal dictionary.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
    Nationwide directory of lawyers and law forms, searchable by name, geographic location, etc. Includes information on areas of practice for attorneys and firms.
  • Research Guides
    The D'Angelo Law Library's research guides address various legal topics and jurisdictions. The Cornell Law Library maintains a Legal Research Guide Search Engine which is helpful for locating guides to legal research on the Internet.
  • Introduction to Basic Legal Citation

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