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For a more extensive list of legal research materials held by the Arthur P. Oliver Law Library and
the Eli M. Oboler Library, please visit this page on Legal Research: Guide to Basic Sources.

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Core Databases and Indexes

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Info Database Names   # Users Access Restrictions Format
GovEngine.com Database Description GovEngine.com Available free  
LearningExpress Library Description LearningExpress Library
one-time User Registration required
Funded by LiLI   On & Off Campus Online
Legal Collection (EBSCOhost) Description Legal Collection (EBSCOhost) Funded by LiLI   On & Off Campus Online
LexisNexis Academic Description LexisNexis Academic (LexisNexis) Funded by Eli M. Oboler Library   On & Off Campus Online
PRIMO Description PRIMO Funded by Eli M. Oboler Library   Special Online
Regulations.gov Database Description Regulations.gov Available free   Unrestricted Online
Thomas Database Description Thomas Available free  
Westlaw Description Westlaw Funded by Eli M. Oboler Library  1 Special Online

To search for a specific journal, use the A-Z Journal List.


The following are selected resources for research in grants. For more books on this topic, please use the Library Catalog.

To find books in other libraries, try using WorldCat, a collective catalog for thousands of libraries in the United States, Canada, and around the world. This catalog should not be used as a substitute for this library's catalog, but as another avenue of searching for books.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

American Jurisprudence (Law Library: KF154 .A42): A definitive resource for legal topics. Final print version for the law library is 2007. It is also available in a more current form on LexisNexis Academic and Westlaw.

Black's Law Dictionary (Reference Desk: KF 156.B 53 2009): This dictionary gives short, easy to understand definitions of legal terms.

Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations Used in American Law Books (Law Library: KF 246.B 46 1985): This dictionary lists abbreviations and their definitions.

Prince's Dictionary of Legal Citations: a reference guide for attorneys, legal secretaries, paralegals, and law students (Law Library: KF246 .P73 2006).

West's Encyclopedia of American Law (Reference Desk KF154 .W47 2005): Comprehensive legal encyclopedia, this is a useful place to start a new research project.

Guides to Legal Research

Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law (Law Library: KF 240.E 35 2004): This book contains tips and strategies for students and researchers who want to conduct legal research. It contains help for finding laws, ordinances and case law, how to use resources like Shepard's, how to use the Internet to conduct legal research, and how to prepare legal memorandas.

Legal Research in a Nutshell (Reference Desk: KF240 .C54 2007): Easy to use and understand primer on legal research.

Legal Research Made Easy (Reference Desk: KF 240.H 47 2002): This book contains tips and strategies for students and researchers who want to conduct legal research, but aren't sure where to start. It contains help for finding laws, legal rights, how to use resources like Shepard's and American Law Reports, tips for using legal databases like Westlaw and LexisNexis Academic, and more.

State and Federal Cases and Law

Code of Federal Regulations (Law Library: AE 2.106/3:1/ to AE 2.106/3:50/): These volumes contain federal statutes. LexisNexis Academic can be used to search for specific laws.

Historic U.S. Court Cases, 1690-1990: An Encyclopedia (Law Library: KF385.A4 J64 1992): This resource covers important state, federal, and constitutional cases by topic. This source is indexed.

Idaho Code (Law Library: KFI30 1947 .A2): These volumes contain the statutes for the state of Idaho. An annotated version of the Idaho Code is also available (Law Library: KFI31 .A19). An online version of the Idaho Code is available on the State of Idaho Web site, Idaho Statutes. LexisNexis Academic can be used to search for specific laws.

Shepard's Acts and Cases by Popular Names (Reference Desk: KF80 .S5): Shepard's is designed to help students and researchers find cases and laws by listing acts and cases by their popular names, followed by their citations in federal and state statutes.

West's Analysis of American Law (Reference Desk: KF 240.W 454 2005): This resource contains West's key to American law, which can be used to find particular sections of American law in West's books and databases. It includes brief explanations of the category.

Constitutional Law

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (Law Library: KF4548 .E53 2000): These volumes contain in depth articles on important people, concepts, and cases in American Constitutional Law. This source is indexed.

State Constitutions of the United States (Law Library: KF 4530.M 33 1998): This volume contains the text for all 50 state governments and the three U.S. territories (American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico). Also included is introductory material to state governments and their constitutions. This source is indexed.

Web Sites

FindLaw: FindLaw is a collection of databases, articles, case law, statutes, and attorney directories aimed at helping professionals, businesses, students and the public do legal research or have legal questions answered. Many of the articles on legal topics are tailored to specific states and areas; be prepared to enter a ZIP code when prompted to get the right articles for your area.

Guide to Law Online: Created by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, the Web site contains links to state, federal, and international law and government.

JURIST: The Legal Education Network: Edited by a Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, this web site contains news on recent legal issues, cases, and more. This site includes a searchable archive and RSS feeds.

LII: Legal Information Institute: This site provides access to federal, state and international law codes, court decisions and information. It also has a lexicon of legal terms. The LII also provides brief articles on topics like constitutional law, intellectual property, legal theory and more.

LII: Supreme Court Collection: This section of the Legal Information Institute Web site (listed above) contains full text syllabi and opinions from the United States Supreme Court back to 1793. However, most of the cases listed on this page are from the last 100 years. For more information about coverage, please view the Supreme Court Collection's about page.

OYEZ: This Web site tracks news about the United States Supreme Court, publishes podcasts, and contains short articles about recent Supreme Court Cases.

Self-Help Center, Idaho Supreme Court: This site is designed to help Idaho citizens with legal questions and problems. This page lists frequently requested forms and places to ask for legal advice and help in Idaho.


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