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Basic Legal Research: A Guide

Resources and search tips for finding legal scholarship, court cases, statutes, regulations, and legislative histories.

How to Use this Guide

Welcome to the Basic Legal Research guide!

Use the resources here to help find information about:

Legal Scholarship - research and analysis about laws, court decisions, the legal system, and legal philosophies.

Court Cases - reported judicial decisions, searchable by name, topic, or case number.

Statutes & Regulations - existing laws passed by federal or state legislatures (statues), and rules created by federal or state administrative agencies (regulations).      

Legislative Histories - background documents and records of hearings related to the enactment of a bill. These documents may be used to decide the meaning of a law after it has been enacted.

 


If you need help, call or e-mail a subject specialist librarian--->
---or call the Howard-Tilton Library reference desk @ (504) 865-5606.

For assistance with more advanced legal research, please contact the Law Library in Weinmann Hall.