Research Guide: Legal Studies

Background Information

More books about the law can be found on the fourth floor, in section K.

Black's Law Dictionary REF KF 156 .B 53 2004
Dictionary of Law Online only
Dictionary of Law Enforcement Online only
Elements of Legal Style REF KF 250. G 37 2002
Encyclopedia of the American Constitution REF KF 4548. E 53 2000
Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States REF HV 8694. P 35 2008
Great American Court Cases REF KF 385. A 4 G 68 1999
Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural encyclopedia REF K 48. L 44 2002
National Survey of State Laws REF KF 386. N 38 2003
Oxford Companion to American Law REF KF 154. O 96 2002
Supreme Court A to Z Online only
Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law REF KF 353. Y 35 2009

Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

This multidisciplinary database can be used to locate articles on any topic, including current court cases, law, criminal justice, juvenile justice, and more.


JSTOR is a journal archive that contains articles on law, sociology, criminology, and related topics.

Legal Collection

Legal Collection is a great source for legal journals on all topics.

LexisNexis Academic

In addition to locating articles on legal topics, LexisNexis can also be used to locate full text laws and Shepardized court decisions. This database contains complete, searchable copies of the US code and all state codes.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts

This resources is a good supplement to the databases listed here. It covers nearly 200,000 government reports and publications on all topics in law.

Web Resources

Avalon Project at Yale Law School

The Avalon Project hosts digital copies of legal documents from the Code of Hammurabi to the 9/11 Commission Report


This resource offers fast access to U.S. Supreme Court and District Court opinions. This site is updated daily, and offers an alert feature that can help you stay current with rapidly changing topics.


FindLaw is one of the best online legal resources. It can be used to find laws, cases, legal help, and lawyers.

Internet Legal Research Group

The ILRG is an online directory of legal resources and legal association websites.

Legal Information Institute

Created by Cornell's law school, the LII is a great source of information about the American legal system, from the Constitution to State Laws. This is also a great source of information about the Supreme Court.

Public Library of Law

This search engine specializes in legal information. It can be used to locate state and federal codes, cases, rules and regulations, and much more. Tutorials are available.

S.J. Quinney Law Library

This is the University of Utah's law school's library. It contains links to online legal resources and research help.

State of Utah Publications

Search the State of Utah's Digital Library for Utah laws.

U.S. Code

This site contains every law in the United States Code, from Title I (Rules and General Provisions) to Title 50 (War and National Defense). Updated with new laws weekly.

U.S. Courts

This portal site offers access to the United States court system from the supreme court down to the state level. Not only can it be used to locate court documents and information, but also to research the American legal landscape and monitor changes to American law.

Utah Code

This site contains the entire legal code of Utah.

Utah Crime Reports

Utah's Department of Public Safety regularly releases crime statistics for the state. This site offers access to those reports from 1997 to the present.

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