Legal Information

by Kent C. Olson

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December 1998


Pages 342
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/Law
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Now, at last, there is a comprehensive and readable guide designed to help librarians, scholars, and the general public quickly find the legal information they need. While most legal research books focus on the needs of beginning law students or litigants, Legal Information takes a broader view of the law, including its value in other disciplines. It explains why legal information exists in certain formats, and describes how to get the most out of the major legal reference tools. It also suggests the best sources for different kinds of information and explains how these resources compare to other available materials.

Table of Contents

List of ExhibitsList of TablesPrefaceIntroductionOverviewThe American Legal SystemForms of Legal InformationUnderstanding Legal InformationDictionaries and Guides to Legal LanguageLegal Citations and AbbreviationsResearch GuidesGetting StartedGeneral Reference SourcesLibrariesEncyclopediasConsumer GuidesWeb SitesLegal CompendiaFormbooksLaw BooksTypes of Law BooksFinding Law BooksJournals and PeriodicalsLaw ReviewsBar JournalsDirectories of Law Reviews and JournalsLegal NewspapersNewslettersLoose-Leaf ServicesAccess to ArticlesFinding Lawyers and InstitutionsLawyersExperts and ConsultantsOrganizations and InstitutionsFederal Law Administrative LawThe Constitution and the Supreme CourtReference WorksThe Text of the ConstitutionSupreme Court OpinionsOther Supreme Court ResourcesFederal LegislationStatutesCongressional MaterialsFederal CourtsReference SourcesSources for Federal Court DecisionsFinding Cases by Number or NameCase ResearchOther Information on Courts and the Judicial SystemFederal Administrative LawReference SourcesPresidential LawmakingRegulationsOther Sources of LawmakingState LawState Legislation and Administrative LawMultistate Reference SourcesConstitutionsStatutesLegislative InformationAdministrative LawCounties and CitiesState CourtsReference SourcesCourt DecisionsCase ResearchRules and ProceduresLawyer ConductIndex



Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.—Choice

Highly recommended for public, academic, and law libraries.—Library Journal of a kind. Highly recommended for all libraries.—Reference & User Services Quarterly

Can a book on legal research be informative, well-written and witty? If you thought the answer was no, then you should pick up a copy of...Legal Information: How to Find It, How to Use It....a thorough, well-researched, thoughtful, and informative work....appears to be the first research book of the new generation that integrates traditional and electronic research in a seamless fashion....For any librarian who ever has to undertake legal research this book is indispensable.—Journal of Government Information

...will be welcomed by reference and collection development librarians wishing to expand their knowledge of legal information sources.—Business Information Alert

Usefully, throughout the book, these electronic forms are given coverage under the kind of information they provide rather than by focussing on the electronic type....There is also a good cross-reference index. This along with the list of exhibits (illustrations) and tables gives good sighposting within the book....Make no mistake, a lot of very detailed work has gone into this publication...One very handy feature is the list of topics covered at the beginning of each chapter. This acts as a summary of what is covered in the chapter and makes for easy referencing by users....It is probably a very practical and useful guide to carious groups....such as the general public, students, lawyers, law librarians etc. and anyone else needing to know where to find US legal information.—Managing Information

[f]ulfills a need in the legal bibliography arena.—Internet Reference Services Quarterly appropriate title for most public and academic libraries.—Business Information Alert


Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 1999 Library Journal Best Reference Book, 1999

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