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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Finding legal information: the absolute basics. : Background information

How to find cases, laws and some other stuff. By Ellen Sexton.

Useful resources for background information

These are great places to get an overview of a topic or a famous case: 

For more advanced rearch, the huge multivolume American Jurisprudence is invaluable.  It is shelved near the reference desk - just ask a librarian to show you where. At over 80 volumes, it is enormous, and written in quite technical legal language.  Best to use the indexes at the end of the set.  It is also in our big legal database  Lexis-Nexis Academic

Law dictionaries

Black's Law Dictionary in print fomat is kept at the reference desk on the upper level of the Library.  

Our longer guide to law

The aim of this guide is to provide you with only the absolute bare essentials needed to start exploring legal information. To learn more, please do use our much longer Guide to legal resources in the Lloyd Sealy Library ... (2003).