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Legal Research - Quick Guide
(General & Florida)

It is recommended that an attorney be consulted when an interpretation of the law is needed.

Where to Start

Start with legal encyclopedias for explanations about general principles of law and appropriate references to statutes and cases:

Am.Jur.2d - American Jurisprudence, Second Edition
Online version
Reference KF 154 .A42
C.J.S. - Corpus Juris Secundum
Reference KF 65 .L8
Fl.Jur.2d - Florida Jurisprudence, Second Edition
Reference KFF 80 .F56

For guides to legal research, take a look at various books in the UCF Library's Reference Collection at REF KF240 and online.

Legal abbreviations

Consult this online abbreviations list or one of the following:

Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations
Reference KF 246 .B46 2001
Black's Law Dictionary - 6th or 8th edition (not the 7th edition)
Reference KF 156 .B53 2004
The Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation
Ask at the Research Assistance Desk

Looking for laws or regulations currently in effect arranged by subject?

Current Laws Arranged by Subject

Reference KF 62 1972 .L38
Fla.Stat.Ann. - Florida Statutes Annotated (West)
Reference KFF 30 1970 .A2
See also Florida Annotated Statutes (LexisNexis)
Fla.Stat. - Florida Statutes
Florida Documents Ready Reference AG 5: S 8/
Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest
provides an overview of the laws of the states, Alabama-Wyoming.
Reference KF 190 .M32

Current Regulations Arranged by Subject

C.F.R. Code of Federal Regulations READY REF US DOCS AE2.106/3:
Fla.Admin.Code Florida Administrative Code Annotated READY REF FL DOC
KFF35 1982.A2

Already have the party names or citation for a case? Retrieve it using Federal & State Cases in the LexisNexis Academic database.

Need to find the citation for a popular act or case?

If you don't know whether a named law or case is state or federal, consult
Shepard's Acts and Cases By Popular Names, Federal & State...
For Florida laws, look in the index of the Florida Statutes  under the heading "Short Titles"
for a list of the laws in Florida with official names.

Need to cross-reference a citation from S. Ct. or U.S. to L. Ed. 2d?  

Use the Parallel Reference Tables in volume 4 of Shepard's United States Citations REF KF101.2.S54

Looking for the printed copy of a reported federal or Florida case?

L.Ed.2d United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers' Edition, Second Series REF KF.A2
F.3d Federal Reporter, Third Series   - federal Circuit Courts of Appeal REF KF105.F43
F.Supp.2d Federal Supplement, Second Series  - federal District Courts REF KF.F42
So.2d {Southern Reporter, Second Series} Florida Cases  - Florida Supreme Court & District Courts REF KFF 51.A1

Looking for a sample of a legal form?

American Jurisprudence Pleading & Practice Forms Annotated REF KF8836.A45
Florida Family Law Rules & Forms Internet resource
Florida Jur Forms : Practice-Oriented Forms for Florida Legal & Business Transactions... REF KFF68.F55
How to Start a Business in Florida : with forms by Mark Warda REF KFF205.Z9.W37 1999
101 Law Forms for Personal Use by Robin Leonard & Ralph Warner netlibrary online
Business and Legal Forms for Fine Artists by Tad Crawford REF KF390.A7.C68 1999
How to File Your Own Divorce with Forms by Edward A. Haman netlibrary online
How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation by Mark Warda netlibrary online
Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business by Fred Steingold netlibrary online
Nolo's Simple Will Book by Denis Clifford netlibrary online
Power of Attorney Handbook by Edward A. Haman netlibrary online
U.S. Immigration Made Easy by Laurence A. Canter netlibrary online

Looking for rules of court?

Florida Rules of Procedure Internet resource
Florida Rules of Court. State
Florida Rules of Court. Federal
REF KFF529.A22
REF KFF529.A24
Moore's Federal Rules Pamphlet 
includes Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Evidence, & Rules of Criminal Procedure
REF KF8816.A198

Looking for Public Laws or compiling a legislative history?

    See the UCF Library's online guide to Legislative Histories for a more detailed list of resources, including Congressional Record , hearings, etc.

U.S.C.C.A.N. U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News 
is arranged by Public Law number & includes some legislative history documents;
UCF holdings begin with P.L. 89-352 (1966- );
for earlier years, see U.S. Statutes at Large.
REF KF62.A2.W4
Stat. United States Statutes at Large  (1789- ) US DOCS AE2.111: &
US DOCS GS4.111:

1789-1873 Online

  Laws of Florida FL DOC SS5.L3/
  see also Documenting Florida Legislative Intent Internet resource

Looking for something else? Ask for assistance at the UCF Libraries' Research Assistance Desk or contact Ask A Librarian.

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