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Legal Research: General

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
West's Encyclopedia of American Law
Online version
Reference KF 154 .W47
Wex (Cornell University Law School)
a collaboratively-created, public-access law dictionary and encyclopedia
Zimmerman's Research Guide - An Online Encyclopedia for Legal Researchers
provides research guidance for hundreds of legal topics.

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

Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law
Online version
Reference KF 240 .E35 1999
Legal Information: How to Find It, How to Use It
Online version
Reference KF 240 .O365 1999
West's Analysis of American Law
Reference KF 240 .W454

See also Annotations & Treatises

Definitions

Black's Law Dictionary
Reference KF 156 .B53
Words & Phrases
Reference KF 156 .W6712
provides judicial interpretations of terms.
See also the "Words & Phrases" volumes of West's Federal Practice Digest
Collins Dictionary of Law
Dictionary of Law
Dictionary of Spanish Law (bilingual)
Elsevier's Legal Dictionary: in English, German, French, Dutch, & Spanish
Reference K 54 .E45 2001
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law
Online version
Reference KF 156 .M47 1996
Wiley's English-Spanish, Spanish-English Legal Dictionary
Reference K 52 .S6 K63 1997

Legal abbreviations

provides abbreviations of some commonly requested legal sources
Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations
Reference KF 246 .B46 2001
The Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation
Ask at the Research Assistance Desk
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (Cornell University Law School)

Current Laws and Regulations

Current Federal Laws Arranged by Subject

See also Statutes at Large

U.S.C.S. - United States Code Service
Online version
Reference KF 62 1972 .L38
U.S.C.A. - United States Code Annotated
Reference KF 62 .U6
U.S.C. - United States Code
Online version (1994+)
Reference KF 62 .A2 A2 (2000+)
"the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles."
U.S. Code collection (Cornell University Law School)
"This version is generated from the most recent official version made available by the US House of Representatives."
Shepard's Federal Statute Citations
Reference KF 78 .S56
provides a list of references to legal authorities for the U.S. Code, U.S. Constitution, Statutes at Large, U.S. treaties, and other federal documents

State Laws

See also Florida Statutes

Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest
Reference KF 190 .M32
provides an overview of the laws of the states, Alabama-Wyoming
Legislative Information Sites (Washburn University School of Law Library)
provides links to state legislative information, including state statutes
Topical Index: State Statutes (Cornell University Law School)

International Laws

Martindale-Hubbell International Law Digest
Reference K 526 .M37
provides an overview of the laws of other countries
Law by Source: Global (Cornell University Law School)
"gathers, country by country, continent by continent, the Internet-accessible sources of the constitutions, statutes, judicial opinions, and related legal material from around the globe"

Federal Regulations Arranged by Subject

See also Federal Register

Code of Federal Regulations
Online version (1996+)
Online version (1980+)
Current edition in print - U.S. Documents Ready Reference shelves
Microfiche - U.S. Documents AE 2.106/3: (1938+)
"the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation."
See also:

State Regulations

See also Florida Administrative Code

provides links to the administrative regulations of the states, Alabama-Wyoming.
State Administrative Codes (LexisNexis Academic)

Laws and Regulations by Year

Finding the citation for a popular act

State & Federal Acts
If you don't know whether a named law is state or federal, consult:
Shepard's Acts and Cases By Popular Names, Federal & State
Reference KF 80 .S5
"A compilation of popular names by which federal and state acts and cases have been referred to or cited together with an identification of each act in terms of its constitutional or statutory references"
Federal Acts
If you think the named law is federal, consult one of the following:
U.S. Code - Popular Names of Acts (Cornell University Law School)
Look up a Popular Name for a statute (LexisNexis Congressional)

Federal Laws by Year

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

Slip Laws
U.S. Documents AE 2.110: (current uncompiled laws)
  • Public Laws are initially published chronologically in pamphlet form.
  • Later compiled as United States Statutes at Large.
Stat. - Statutes at Large and Public Laws (P.L.)
Online version (vol.1, 1789+)
1973+ Public Laws (vol. 87, 1973+)
1995+ Public & Private Laws (vol. 109, 1995+)
1789-1873 Online
U.S. Documents AE 2.111: (vol. 98, 1984+)
U.S. Documents GS 4.111: (vol. 35-97, 1907-1983)
U.S. Documents Microfiche AE 2.111: (vol. 1-79, 1789-1965)
"Every public and private law passed by Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date it was enacted into law. The laws are arranged by Public Law number and are cited by volume and page number."
U.S.C.C.A.N. - U.S. Code Congressional & Administrative News
Reference KF 62 .A2 W4 (1966+)
  • The full text of each Public Law is provided, arranged sequentially by number.
  • UCF holdings begin with P.L. 89-350 (1966).
  • The first volumes in each year contain the actual text of the Public Laws.  The subsequent volumes in each year often contain the full text of one or two of the significant committee reports about each Public Law and sometimes include the text of the Signing Statement from the President.

Federal Regulations: Chronological announcements of proposed & adopted changes to rules & regulations

See also CFR: Code of Federal Regulations

Fed.Reg. - Federal Register
Online version (1994+)
Online version (1980+)
Microfiche - U.S. Documents AE 2.106: (1936+)
"the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents."
The Federal Register: What It Is and How to Use It - online tutorial
RegInfo.gov - Where to Find Federal Regulatory Information
"a United States Government website produced by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Services Administration (GSA)."
Regulations.gov - Your Voice in Federal Decision-Making
"is your source for all regulations (or rulemakings) issued by U.S. government agencies. On this site, you can find:
  • All Federal regulations that are open for public comment (i.e.,proposed rules) and closed for comment (i.e., final rules) as published in the Federal Register.
  • Many Federal agency notices published in the Federal Register.
  • Additional supporting materials, public comments, and Federal agency guidance and adjudications."

State Regulations: Chronological announcements of proposed & adopted changes to rules & regulations

See also Florida Administrative Weekly

provides links to the registers/bulletins/journals of the states, Alabama-Wyoming.

Cases: Reporters, Digests, and Citators

Reporters
provide the published text of the reported decisions from specific courts.
Digests
are subject indexes with summaries of court cases. Explanations of topics are not given, but references to reporters are provided.
Citators
identify subsequent references to previous court cases and are used to help determine if a case's decision is still valid.

Famous Cases

Great American Trials
Reference KF 220 .G74 2003
from Salem Witchcraft to Rodney King
Great American Court Cases
Online version
Reference KF 385 .A4 G68 1999
  • v.1, Individual Liberties
  • v.2, Criminal Justice
  • v.3, Equal Protection & Family Law
  • v.4, Business & Government
Historic U.S. Court Cases
Reference KF 385 .A4 J64 2001
  • pt.1, Crime & Criminal Law
  • pt.2, Governmental Organization, Power, & Procedure
  • pt.3, Economics & Economic Regulation
  • pt.4, Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, & Disability
  • pt.5, Civil Liberties
Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
Reference KF 4548 .E53 2000
identifies major cases dealing with constitutional issues.
Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court
Reference KF 4549 .F56 2003
Selected Historic Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court (pre-dating regular release of Court decisions to the Internet)
  • By Topic
  • By Party Name
  • By Opinion Author
Landmark Supreme Court Cases (Street Law & The Supreme Court Historical Society)
"This site was developed to provide teachers with a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students explore the key issues of each case."
Famous Trials (Douglas O. Linder, Professor of Law, University of Missouri--Kansas City School of Law)
"collection of essays, images, maps, primary documents, links, and other materials pertaining to fifty of the most famous trials of all time, from Socrates to Simpson."
Other Resources about Famous Cases and Trials

Finding a Case by Name, Citation, or Subject

Already have the citation for a case?
Retrieve it using Shepard's Citations in the LexisNexis Academic database.
Need to find the citation for a popular case?
To distinguish a commonly cited popular case from other cases with similar names, consult:
Shepard's Acts & Cases by Popular Names, Federal & State
Reference KF 80 .S5
"A compilation of popular names by which federal and state acts and cases have been referred to or cited together with an identification of... each case in terms of the volume and page reference where the text of the decision may be found."
Searching by party names or keywords for a case?
Search using Federal & State Cases in the LexisNexis Academic database, or use the appropriate digest covering the court, as identified in the sections below.

United States Supreme Court

See also Federal Judicial Branch - U.S. Supreme Court

Reporters - U.S. Supreme Court

L.Ed. and L.Ed.2d
Online version (Search by citation L.Ed. or L.Ed.2d)
Online version (Search by keyword & date)
Reference KF .A2
  • United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers' Edition (1790-1955)
  • United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers' Edition, Second Series (1956+)
U.S.
United States Reports
U.S. Documents Ju 6.8: (1754+)
the official publication of Supreme Court decisions

or retrieve the version from L.Ed.2d online by Shepardizing the U.S. citation.
S.Ct.
Supreme Court Reporter
is only available in the UCF Library via the Westlaw database; ask at the Research Assistance Desk.
Need to cross-reference a citation from S.Ct. or U.S. to locate the case in L. Ed. 2d?
Use the Parallel Reference Tables in volume 4 of
Shepard's United States Citations
Reference KF 101.2 .S54

or retrieve the version from L.Ed.2d online by Shepardizing the S.Ct. citation.

Digest - U.S. Supreme Court

Digest of United States Supreme Court Reports (Lawyers' Edition)
Online version
Reference KF.A22
includes Table of Cases - "For cases which have been headnoted... the principal entries are printed in boldface and include topic abbreviations and section numbers indicating where headnotes for the cases appear in Volumes 1-14 of this Digest."

Citators - U.S. Supreme Court

Shepard's United States Citations: Cases
Reference KF 101.2 S54
Shepard's Citations (LexisNexis Academic)
KeyCites
online access available via the Westlaw database; restricted access; ask at the Research Assistance Desk

Briefs & Oral Arguments - U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs (LexisNexis Academic)
"Includes merit briefs for cases granted cert., amicus curiae briefs, joint appendices & special masters beginning in January 1979, with selected coverage from 1936. All briefs for cases granted cert. begins after 1993. Also includes all briefs for cases petitioning for cert. after 2001."
Argument Transcripts (October 2000+)
"The Court's current Courtroom reporter, Alderson Reporting Company, provides transcripts of oral arguments that are posted on this Web site on the same day an argument is heard by the Court. Same-day transcripts are considered official but subject to final review."
"a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955."
  • Briefs for a Price
  • Briefs for Free:
    • General Sites
    • Court Sources
    • Federal Entities
    • Bar & Legal Associations
    • Advocacy Groups
Government Briefs (Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice) (1982+)
"seeks to provide convenient access to all briefs (other than responses in IFP cases) filed by the Solicitor General."
a useful guide, but it lists many resources unavailable at UCF

Other Resources - U.S. Supreme Court

"Contains 7,407 Decisions from volumes 300 through 422 of U.S. Reports... available as ASCII text files that can be read on your browser's screen or saved to your hard drive and accessed using most word processor programs."
Supreme Court Collection (Legal Information Institute)
an open-access online database of U.S. Supreme Court cases, with fairly complete coverage of all cases from 1990+ and the Historic Decisions collection with "over 600 of the Court's most important decisions from the founding of the court to the present."
Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-1980: An Index to Opinions Arranged by Justice
Reference KF 101.6 .B57 1984
United States Supreme Court Decisions: An Index to Excerpts, Reprints, and Discussions
Reference KF 101.6 .G83 1983
United States Law Week: Supreme Court
Reference KF 105 .U5 (v.65, 1996+)
summary & analysis of significant court opinions
"Decisions, Opinions, News, Docket, Certiorari Granted"
searchable database of the Supreme Court decisions since 1893

Federal Circuit & District Courts

See also Federal Judicial Branch - Federal Courts

Florida Federal Courts

Reporters - Federal Circuit & District Courts

Federal & State Cases (LexisNexis Academic)
F.Cas. - Federal Cases
Online version (pre-1880 cases)
Online version (Search by citation)
circuit courts of appeals and district courts
F. - Federal Reporter
Online version (1880-1924)
Online version (Search by citation)
circuit courts of appeals and district courts
F.2d - Federal Reporter, Second Series
Online version
Online version (Search by citation)
Reference KF 105 .F43 (1924-1993)
1924-1993 circuit courts of appeals;
1924-1932 district courts (See F.Supp. for 1932+)
F.3d - Federal Reporter, Third Series
Online version
Online version (Search by citation)
Reference KF 105 .F43 (1993+)
circuit courts of appeals
Fed.Appx. - Federal Appendix
Online version
Online version (Search by citation)
Reference KF 105 .W47 (2001+)
circuit courts of appeals cases not selected for publication in F.3d
F.Supp. - Federal Supplement
Online version
Online version (Search by citation)
Reference KF .F42 (1932-1998)
district courts
F.Supp.2d - Federal Supplement, Second Series
Online version
Online version (Search by citation)
Reference KF .F42 2nd Series (1998+)
district courts

Digests - Federal Circuit & District Courts

Modern Federal Practice Digest
Reference KF 127 .M6 (1939-1961)
West's Federal Practice Digest, 2d
Reference KF 127 .M62 (1962-1975)
West's Federal Practice Digest, 3d
Reference KF 127 .M63 (1975-1988)
West's Federal Practice Digest, 4th
Reference KF 127 .M64 (1989+)
Descriptive Word Index
"Generally, descriptive words will group themselves around the five elements common to every case:
  1. The Parties involved;
  2. The Places where the facts arose, and the Objects or Things involved;
  3. The Acts or Omissions which form the Basis of Action or Issue;
  4. The Defense to the action or issue; and
  5. The Relief sought.
A search, in the DESCRIPTIVE-WORD INDEX, of words descriptive of these elements will produce the decisions dealing with similar fact situations and legal principles."
Table of Cases
"lists alphabetically the title of each case, by both Plaintiff's and Defendant's names, the volume and page of the reports in which each is published, the subsequent case history, and the digest Topic and Key Number under which each point of law is digested."
Words & Phrases
"lists alphabetically words or phrases that have been judicially defined in the cases indexed by the Digest, and sets out the headnotes, titles and citations of the case in which definitions appear."

Citators - Federal Circuit & District Courts

Shepard's Federal Citations
Reference KF 105.2 S42
includes sections for citations to:
  • Federal Cases
  • Federal Reporter (1st through 3rd Series)
  • Federal Appendix
  • Federal Supplement (1st & 2nd Series)
  • Federal Rules Decisions
  • Court of Claims Reports
  • Claims Court Reports
  • Federal Claims Reporter
Shepard's Citations (LexisNexis Academic)
KeyCites
online access available via the Westlaw database; restricted access; ask at the Research Assistance Desk

Briefs & Oral Arguments - Federal Circuit & District Courts

  • Briefs for a Price
  • Briefs for Free:
    • General Sites
    • Court Sources
    • Federal Entities
    • Bar & Legal Associations
    • Advocacy Groups

Other Resources - Federal Circuit & District Courts

United States Law Week: General Law
Reference KF 105 .U5 (v.65, 1996+)
summary & analysis of significant court opinions

Other Federal Courts

See also Federal Administrative Decisions

Bankruptcy - Other Federal Courts

Florida Bankruptcy Courts

Claims - Other Federal Courts

U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Online version (1856+)
Online version (1997+)
U.S. Documents JU 3.9: (1967-1982)
  • Fed.Cl. - U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1992+)
  • Cl.Ct. - U.S. Claims Court (1982-1992)
  • Ct.Cl. - U.S. Court of Claims (1856-1982)

Commerce & Trade - Other Federal Courts

U.S. Court of International Trade
Online version (1957+)
Online version (1999+ slip opinions)
U.S. Documents JU  9.5/2: (1989-2002)
  • U.S. Court of International Trade (1980+)
  • U.S. Customs Court (1957-1980)
Court Decisions, Federal Trade Commission
U.S. Documents FT 1.13: (1966-1981)
decisions from federal district, circuit & supreme court

Copyright - Other Federal Courts

Decisions of the U.S. Courts Involving Copyright & Literary Property
General Collection KF 2994 .A1 C6 (1789-1980)

Education - Other Federal Courts

See also Education Laws & Cases

Yearbook of Education Law / Yearbook of School Law
Reference KF 4102.5 .Y4 (1972+)
federal and state cases

Labor & Employment - Other Federal Courts

Labor Cases
Reference HD 7833 .C68 (1972+)
federal and state cases
Employment Practices Decisions
Reference HD 7833 .C683 (1937+)
federal and state cases
Court Decisions Relating to the National Labor Relations Act
U.S. Documents LR 1.14: (1965-1986)

Media - Other Federal Courts

Media Law Reporter
Reference KF 2750 .A515 (1931+)
federal and state cases

Military & Veterans - Other Federal Courts

"contains the full text of the 1969, 1984, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2008 editions of the Manual for Courts-Martial, including the Military Rules of Evidence"

Securities - Other Federal Courts

Federal Securities Law Reporter
Reference HG 4556 .C67 (1974+)
Online version

Taxes - Other Federal Courts

Tax Court of the U.S.
Online version (1995+)
Online version (1942+)
U.S. Documents JU 11.7: (1942+)
Online version (1924-1942)
U.S. Documents JU 11.6: (1925-1942)
  • B.T.A. - U.S. Board of Tax Appeals (1924-1942)
  • T.C. - U.S. Tax Court (1942+)
See also:

State Courts (Alabama - Wyoming)

See also Florida Legal Research

Reporters - Other States

Federal & State Cases (LexisNexis Academic)
provides access to:
  • Aviation Law Reporter
  • Blue Sky Reporter Decisions
  • Computer & Internet Cases
  • Copyright Law Reporter
  • Insurance Law Reports
  • Products Liability Reporter
  • State Banking Law Reporter
  • Trade Regulation Reporter
StateLaw (Washburn Law School)
provides links to state information, including court cases.
Southern Reporter
Reference KFF 51 .A1 (1887-1941)
Supreme Courts & District Courts of Appeal in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi
American Decisions
Reference KF 133 .A66 (through 1869)
"cases of general value and authority decided in the courts of the several states from the earliest issue of the state reports to the year 1869."
American Reports
Reference KF 133 .A66 (1868-1887)
"containing all decisions of general interest decided in the courts of last resort of the several states."
American State Trials
General Collection KF 220 .L38 (through 1920)
"a collection of the important and interesting criminal trials which have taken place in the United States, from the beginning of our government to 1920."
Blue Sky Law Reporter
Reference HG 4556 .C65 (1971-1996)
Online version
state securities decisions
Employment Practices Decisions
Reference HD 7833 .C683 (1937+)
federal and state cases
Labor Cases
Reference HD 7833 .C68 (1972+)
federal and state cases
Media Law Reporter
Reference KF 2750 .A515 (1931+)
federal and state cases
Yearbook of Education Law / Yearbook of School Law
Reference KF 4102.5 .Y4 (1972+)
federal and state cases

Digests - Other States

Decennial Digests
briefly describe published decisions from all state and federal courts. The UCF Library only has the volumes for 1966-1981.
  • Eighth Decennial Digest (1966-1976)
    Reference KF 141 1966
  • Ninth Decennial Digest, Part 1 (1976-1981)
    Reference KF 141 1976 pt.1

Citators - Other States

Shepard's Citations (LexisNexis Academic)
KeyCites
online access available via the Westlaw database; restricted access; ask at the Research Assistance Desk

Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands

Decisions from the Supreme Court (1899+) and Court of Appeals (1996+) of Puerto Rico.
Case law from the Federal District Court of Puerto Rico (1912+).
Virgin Islands case law from the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands from 2007, and the Superior, Territorial or Municipal Courts of the Virgin Islands from 1959.
The Federal case law includes the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as the U.S. District Court (1951+) and Bankruptcy Courts for Guam. The State case law includes the Supreme Court decisions (1996+) from the Territory of Guam.
The Federal cases law includes the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. The Commonwealth case law includes the Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Supreme Court.

Foreign and International Courts - Cases

See also Foreign & International Legal Resources

General Resources - Foreign & International Courts

"a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. These GLIN members contribute the full texts of their published documents to the database in their original languages. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and, in many cases in additional languages, plus subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN."
"contains summaries and transcripts of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights from 1960 and Butterworths Human Rights Cases from 1996, covering landmark decisions from international, European and English courts and tribunals."
"The decisions reported are from IP Australia and superior courts and tribunals in Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the USA and Canada."
"provides the basic, primary documents necessary for research and analysis of international law. Materials are selected by ASIL for their usefulness to scholars, practitioners, business and government officials, both in the United States and abroad. These materials include the full texts of important treaties and agreements, judicial and arbitral decisions, national legislation, international organizations resolutions and other documents."
  • Advisory Opinions (1948+)
  • Filings (2004+, with limited coverage 1986-2003)
  • Judgments (1948+)
"contains treaty-related court opinions."
See also Tax Treaties.

Africa - Cases

Some of the individual files available from the Sources tab in LexisNexis Academic include:

"provides selected decisions from the Supreme Court and new Constitutional Court of South Africa pertaining to the interpretation of the South African Bill of Rights and other general aspects of the new Constitution.  Also included are key constitutional law decisions from neighboring countries such as Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana."
"a distinguished collection of cases comprising the only official reports of decisions of the Special Court for Hearing Income Tax Appeals, as well as reported tax cases in the Supreme Court of South Africa, and the High and Supreme Courts of Zimbabwe. The collection begins with volume 1."

Asia - Cases

Some of the individual files available from the Sources tab in LexisNexis Academic include:

"Hong Kong Cases from 1947; Hong Kong Unreported Judgments from 1986; Hong Kong Public Law Reports from April, 1994 through October, 1997."
"Hong Kong Cases from 1947; Hong Kong Unreported Judgments from 1986; Hong Kong Public Law Reports from April, 1994 through October, 1997."
"contains reported and unreported Supreme Court of India decisions from January 1999."

Australia and New Zealand - Cases

Some of the individual files available from the Sources tab in LexisNexis Academic include:

Australia
"The Commonwealth or federal courts include: High Court of Australia; Federal Court of Australia; Family Court of Australia; the new Industrial Relations Court; Administrative Appeals Tribunal; Immigration Review Tribunal; and the Refugee Tribunal. The state and territory courts include the Supreme Courts of Tasmania, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), and the Northern Territory."
"The authorised reports of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal - including: * Compensation * Customs * Deportation and Immigration * Export Market Development Grants * Natural Resources/Fisheries and Primary Industries * Freedom of Information * Austudy and Student Assistance * Superannuation and Tax appeals * Judicial Review * Natural Justice * Anti-Discrimination * Social Security * Veterans' Affairs"
"the full text of all judgments received from the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court."
"consists of decisions of the High Court, and significant decisions of the Federal and Supreme Courts. It also incorporates the Northern Territory Reports and the authorised Australian Capital Territory Reports."
"the full text of all judgments received from the Northern Territory Supreme Court."
New Zealand
NZLR - "the official report series of New Zealand. It includes decisions of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, Court of Appeal and High Court."
New Zealand Cases (1981-2005)
"contains the following sources: New Zealand Administrative Reports, District Court Reports (NZ), New Zealand Family Law Reports, New Zealand Law Reports and New Zealand Resource Management Appeals."
"provide a large selection of important cases, civil and criminal, from throughout New Zealand.  Also included in the Reports are selected High Court decisions that are not reported in NZLR."
"principally reports selected decisions of New Zealand Courts, Tribunals, and Authorities on significant issues of administration and public law....includes decisions of, and appeals from, various Tribunals, Commissions, and Authorities: Accident Compensation Appeal Authority, Broadcasting Standards Authority, Complaints Review Tribunal, Deportation Review Tribunal, Legal Aid Review Authority, Liquor Licensing Authority, Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal, Refugee Status Appeal Authority, Social Security Appeal Authority"
"comprises the latest important decisions from the Family Court,  High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court."
"comprises selected decisions of the Environment Court (formerly the Planning Tribunal), High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court."

Canada - Cases

Over 300 files are available from the Sources tab in LexisNexis Academic, including:

"a group source containing all available reported and unreported full text judgments from Canadian courts and tribunals as well as all LexisNexis case law summaries."
"a group source containing all available digests of Canadian court and tribunal decisions."
"the full text of judicial decisions rendered by the Federal Court of Canada (1971 to present) and the predecessor Exchequer Court of Canada (from 1877-1971)."
"contains selected full text court decisions of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the United Kingdom, from 1873 to 1959. These decisions all relate to Canada and include 176 cases compiled by R.A. Olmsted in 1954 relating to the British North American Act and having precedential value with respect to Canadian constitutional law."
"contains the following information about a case: parallel citations, case history, lists of subsequent citing cases and the judicial treatments in those citing cases."
"the full text of all judicial decisions rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada."

Europe - Cases

Some of the individual files available from the Sources tab in LexisNexis Academic include:

"contains fulltext, English language decisions from the Court of Justice of the European Communities and the Court of First Instance as contained in the EUR-Lex database, the comprehensive and authoritative database of European Union law. References to decisions in other languages are also included."
"contains all decisions made since 1972 by the European Commission in applying the fair competition rules under Articles 85 and 86 of the EEC Treaty and the corresponding provisions of the other treaties."
"contains caselaw from the Court of Justice of the European Communities (1954+) and the Court of First Instance (1989+) as reported in the All England Law Reports (EC) and selected by Butterworths."
"Irish Reports from 1950; Judgments of the Court of Criminal Appeal (Frewen) from 1950-83; Unreported from July 1985; Supreme Court Digests and Approved judgments from 2004; Selected High Court Digests and Approved judgments from 2005; All available approved judgments from 2004."
"UNREPORTED CASES: Selected Employment Appeal Tribunal Cases (Scotland) from January 1992. REPORTED CASES: Session Cases from 1919. Scottish Criminal Case Reports (SCCR) from January 1981; Scottish Civil Law Reports (SCLR) from February 1986."
"Reported cases from 1558; Tax cases from 1875; Unreported cases from 1980."
"Admiralty & Ecclesiastical 1865-1875; Appeal Cases 1875-current (App Cas 1875-1890; Appeal Cases 1890-current); Chancery Appeal 1865-1875; Chancery Division 1875-current; Common Pleas 1865-1875; Common Pleas Division 1875-1880; Crown Cases Reserved 1865-1875; Equity Cases 1865-1875; Exchequer 1865-1875; Exchequer Division 1875-1880; House of Lords 1866-1875; Privy Council 1865-1875; Probate & Divorce 1865-1875; Probate Division 1876-1890; Probate 1891-1971; Family Division 1972-current; Queen's/King's Bench Division 1865-current (LR QB 1865-1875, QBD 1875-1890, QB/KB 1891-current); Scotch & Divorce Appeals 1866-1875"
"Reported cases: From March 1944; unreported cases: from March 1984."
Notable British Trials
General Collection KD...
a series of bound volumes for individual historical trials can be located using the UCF library catalog.

Annotations and Treatises

Annotations of Cases

American Decisions
Reference KF 133 .A66 (through 1869)
"cases of general value and authority decided in the courts of the several states from the earliest issue of the state reports to the year 1869."
American Reports
Reference KF 133 .A66 (1868-1887)
"containing all decisions of general interest decided in the courts of last resort of the several states."
American Law Reports
provide detailed discussions concerning legal issues with extensive summaries of relevant court cases.
Indexes:
ALR Permanent Digest of American Law Reports Annotated
Reference KF 132 .A518 (1919-1948)
for ALR
ALR Index
Reference KF 132 .A58 (1948+)
for ALR 2nd, ALR 3rd, ALR 4th, ALR 5th, ALR 6th, and ALR Fed
Reports:
ALR - American Law Reports Annotated
Reference KF 132 .A5216 (1919-1948)
ALR2d - American Law Reports Annotated, Second Series
Reference KF 132 .A52166 (1948-1965)
ALR3d - American Law Reports, ALR3d, Cases and Annotations
Reference KF 132 .A53 (1965-1980)
ALR4th - American Law Reports, ALR4th, Cases and Annotations
Reference KF 132 .A54 (1980-1992)
ALR5th - American Law Reports, ALR5th, Annotations and Cases
Reference KF 132 .A55 (1992-2005)
ALR6th - American Law Reports, ALR6th, Annotations and Cases
Reference KF 132 .A56 (2005+)
ALR Fed - American Law Reports, Federal
online access available via the Westlaw database; restricted access; ask at the Research Assistance Desk
American International Law Cases
Reference JX 238 .A2 D4 (1783+)
discusses published federal and state decisions involving questions of public international law from 1783 forward.

Treatises, Hornbooks, Casebooks, In a Nutshell, etc.

See also Florida legal texts.

Various published series exist providing single-volume overviews of specific areas of the law. Although the UCF Library does not have a comprehensive collection of these texts, some of them can be located through the UCF library catalog by searching for the legal topic by keyword, e.g. "torts" and the keyword "series", then Browse Results by Call Number: Library of Congress "K". Some of the legal topic series include:

Rules of Court

See also Florida Rules of Court

Court Rules (Cornell University Law School)
Moore's Federal Rules Pamphlet
Reference KF 8816 .A198
Reference KF 62 1972 .L38
  • Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure & Official Bankruptcy Forms
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Evidence
  • Rules of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the ___ Circuit
  • Alien Terrorist Removal Court of the U.S.
  • Courts of Criminal Appeals
  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
  • Rules for Judicial Conduct & Judicial Disability Proceedings
  • Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases
  • Rules Governing Section 2255 Proceedings
  • Rules of Practice & Procedure of the U.S. Tax Court
  • Rules of Procedure for the Trial of Misdemeanors before U.S. Magistrates
  • Rules of Procedure of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
  • Rules of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Rules of the U.S. Court of International Trade
  • Special Court, Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973
  • Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime Claims & Asset Forfeiture Actions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
including:
  • Rules of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Rules of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Rules of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Rules of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Rules of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Rules of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida

Citators - Federal Rules

Shepard's Federal Rules Citations
Reference KF 8816 .A23 S54
KeyCites
online access available via the Westlaw database; restricted access; ask at the Research Assistance Desk

Legal Forms & How-To Guides

See also Florida Legal Forms

American Jurisprudence Pleading & Practice Forms Annotated
Reference KF 8836 .A45
Business & Legal Forms for Fine Artists
Reference KF 390 .A7 C68 1999
Complete Book of Equipment Leasing Agreements, Forms, Worksheets & Checklists
Reference KF 946 .A65 C66 1997
Warren's Forms of Agreement: Business Forms
Reference KF 886 .W36
  • Business & General - "dealing with subjects like Real Estate, Corporations, Employment, Contracts, Trusts and Wills."
  • Legal Practice - "focusing on Law Practice Management, Litigation and related matters."
  • 101 Law Forms for Personal Use
  • How to File Your Own Divorce with Forms
  • How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation
  • Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business
  • Nolo's Simple Will Book
  • Power of Attorney Handbook
  • U.S. Immigration Made Easy

Articles: Journals and Law Reviews

See also Florida Legal Journals and Law Reviews.

Indexes and Online Databases

See also Legal Studies & Law databases.

U.S. Law Reviews & Journals (LexisNexis Academic)
provides full text access to approximately 800 law reviews & law journals from the United States. Most publications are from 1982 forward, but content from a few titles goes back as early as 1970.
Index to Legal Periodicals & Books
Online version (1981+)
Index K 9 .N75 (1926+)
contains citations from legal journals, yearbooks, institutes, bar association organs, law reviews, and government publications originating in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (1985+)
Subscription cancelled due to budget cuts.
contains citations from legal journals and other publications covering international law other than the United States, British Isles and British Commonwealth
LegalTrac (1980+)
provides articles from major law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals, and legal newspapers on Federal and State Cases, Laws and Government Regulations, Legal Practice, and legal subjects such as Taxation and International Law. British Commonwealth and European Union cases and law are also included.
provides full text searching of some law journals.
Westlaw
Restricted access; ask at the Research Assistance Desk.
provides full text of legal sources integrated with legal research tools.

Earlier Issues of Journals and Law Reviews (pre-1970)

provides online access to the full text of some titles as early as 1852.
Other resources
In addition to JSTOR and the online access available through LexisNexis Academic to articles published after 1970, the UCF Library has earlier volumes for some legal periodicals, with print and microfilm holdings identified through the UCF Library Catalog. The dates listed for the sample titles below include previous versions of the titles.
Administrative Law Review
General Collection K 1 .D55 (1949+)
American Bar Association Journal
General Collection K 1 .M47 (1915+)
General Collection JX 1 .A7 (1907+)
Business Lawyer
General Collection K 2 .U87 (1946+)
Cambridge Law Journal
General Collection K 3 .A63 (1921+)
General Collection K 3 .O486 (1901+)
General Collection K 4 .U34 (1951+)
Florida Law Review
General Collection K 25 .F666 (1948+)
General Collection K 8 .A783 (1887+)
General Collection K 9 .C7875 (1896+)
JAG Journal & Naval Law Review
General Collection K 9 .A69 (1947-2001)
General Collection K 10 .O853 (1910+)
Journal of Legal Education
General Collection K 10 .L43 (1948+)
General Collection K 12 .C58 (1933+)
General Collection K 13 .I244 (1902+)
Online only (1937+)
North Carolina Law Review
General Collection K 14 .O77 (1922+)
General Collection K 23 .T3546 (1948+)
General Collection K 25 .C443 (1933+)
University of Detroit Law Review
General Collection K 10 .O89 (1931+)
University of Illinois Law Review
General Collection K 25 .N4 (1949+)
Online only (1852+)
Online only (1935+)
General Collection K 26 .I73 (1895+)
General Collection K 29 .A7 (1890+)

Guides, Tips, and Frequently Asked Questions

See also questions about Florida legal research.

How do I translate the numbers and letters to find a case?
The first number is the volume and the last number is the beginning page of the case in that volume. The abbreviation in the middle identifies the name of the publication. Examples:
  • 347 U.S. 483; 74 S. Ct. 686; 98 L. Ed. 873
    • All three citations refer to the same case, Brown v. Board of Education, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954. The case begins on page 483 in volume 347 of United States Supreme Court Reports and is also available beginning on page 686 of volume 74 of Supreme Court Reporter and on page 873 in volume 98 of United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers' Edition. NOTE: The UCF Library does not have the print version of Supreme Court Reporter.
  • 773 So. 2d 524
    • The report of Gore v. Harris, decided by the Florida Supreme Court in 2000, begins on page 524 in volume 773 of the Southern Reporter, Second Series.
What's the difference between the circuit and district courts?
In Florida, the circuit courts are the trial courts at the local level, and the district courts (e.g., 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach) are the appellate courts between the circuit courts and the Florida Supreme Court. In the federal court system, the names are reversed; the district courts are the trial courts within each state (e.g., U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division) and the circuit courts (e.g., U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit in Atlanta) are the appellate courts between the district courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Where else in Orlando can I find legal materials?
Be sure to ask at the UCF Library's Research Assistance Desk, just in case the title you're seeking is available in the UCF Library as part of some other material, but is not listed individually in the catalog. Two local law schools have some materials not found at UCF:
  • Barry Law Library (6441 East Colonial Drive; 321-206-5600) is located on the north side of Highway 50/Colonial Drive between Forsyth Road and Highway 436/Semoran Boulevard.
  • Florida A&M University College of Law Library (201 Beggs Avenue; 407-254-3289) in downtown Orlando is just off Interstate 4 near the corner of Robinson Street and Hughey Avenue.
Why can't I find the U.S. Reporter?
The official version of published U.S. Supreme Court cases is United States Reports (not Reporter), but it usually takes 2-3 years for the official version to be published. The UCF Library does have the official U.S. Reports in the U.S. Documents Collection [JU 6.8:], but we also have the complete run of Supreme Court cases available in a commercial format.
  • United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers' Edition [Reference KF.A2] provides all of the U.S. Supreme Court cases (plus some earlier decisions) from 1754 forward, including preliminary publication of very recent cases 2-3 years before the official version comes out.
  • The UCF Library does not have the other commercial format, Supreme Court Reporter, so if you only have that citation (e.g., 93 S. Ct. 705), you'll need to identify the citation for the version we have (e.g., 35 L. Ed. 2d 147) using the Parallel Reference Tables in volume 4 of Shepard's United States Citations [Reference KF101.2.S54].
  • Most cases are also available electronically through the UCF Library's subscription to LexisNexis Academic.
Can you fax me a copy of Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
Yes and no. The original text of Title VII-Equal Employment Opportunity appears on pages 253-266 in volume 78 of United States Statutes at Large [U.S. Documents GS4.111:].  But you're probably looking for the law as it exists today after decades of modifications and spread out through various sections of the U.S. Code.  You'll need to conduct your own research to locate all the sections of interest to you.
Are living wills legal in Massachusetts?
First, we recommend that you consult an attorney when an interpretation of the law is needed. If you'd like to look at an overview of the laws of various states, try the Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest [Reference KF 190 .M32 for the 2006 print edition - ask at the Research Assistance Desk for access to the subsequent editions on CD-ROM]. The topical index in the front of each volume indicates that "living wills" are included under the category "Estates and Trusts"- topic "Wills".  The General Laws of Massachusetts are summarized in approximately 70 pages. Since the summaries also identify the specific statutes by number, you have a starting point if you decide to look at the full text of the statutes, either through LexisNexis Academic or through the StateLaw link listed on our Government Resources for Other States webpage. NOTE: There are a few states that don't have specific legislative provisions for living wills, and others don't use the phrase "living will", so you could search a long time unsuccessfully in their statutes. The summaries in Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest can save you time because entries are included for each subject, even if the only information is "No legislation." Of course, if it's a brand new law, then it won't appear in Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest until next year's edition.

Other Research Guides

Online Guides to Legal Resources on the Web
Other UCF Research Guides
See also Congress/Legislative Branch in the GODORT Handout Exchange for guides to conducting research about laws and legislation/legislative histories.
Research Guides (LexisNexis Wiki for Higher Education)
provide guidance for searching specific topics in the LexisNexis databases regarding:
  • Administrative Law
  • Affirmative Action
  • Congressional Downloads (subject guides for LexisNexis Congressional)
  • Consumer Law
  • Education Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Human Resources Law
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Landmark Supreme Court Cases
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Research
  • Legislative History
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Real Estate Law
provides an organizational framework for understanding legal materials published by the three branches of government (Legislative, Executive, Judicial) and arranged either chronologically or by subject.
Research Guides (Legal Information Center, University of Florida)
  • Federal Research Guides
  • Florida Research Guides
  • General Help Guides
  • Specialized Research Guides
  • International Law Guides
Congressional Quarterly's Desk Reference on...
The series provides answers to thousands of frequently asked questions:
  • American Courts
    • Reference KF 8720 .B37 2000
  • American Criminal Justice
    • Reference HV 9950 .B364 2001
  • American Government
    • Reference JK 274 .W449 2000
  • the Economy
    • Reference HC 106.82 .C37 2000
  • the Federal Budget
    • Reference HJ 2051 .W43 1998
  • the Presidency
    • Reference JK 516 .W44 2000
  • the States
    • Reference JK 2048 .W48 1999

Directories

Lawyers - Directories

See also Florida directories.

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Online version
Online version
Reference KF 190 .M3
Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory
Online version
Online version
Reference KF 190 .M314
provides:
  • demographics on the diversity of the lawyer population in each firm based on standard EEOC classifications
  • primary practice areas
  • hiring experience & expected hires
  • hours worked & billable hours
  • pro bono information

Law Schools - Directories

See also Florida directories.

Complete Book of Law Schools
Reference KF 266 .O93 2004
Martindale-Hubbell Law School Directory
  • composition of enrollment
  • admissions profile (GPA/LSAT)
  • clinical courses/programs offered
  • journals
  • student organizations
  • grading system
  • academic awards & honors
  • areas of practice
  • on-campus employer interviews
Official American Bar Association Guide to Approved Law Schools
Reference KF 266 .O39 2001

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

The LSAT (Law School Admission Council)
The official site provides information regarding when and where to take the test and how to prepare for it.
  • Online LSAT Practice Test
  • Online books
    • LSAT Success
    • Countdown to the LSAT
  • McGraw-Hill's LSAT
  • McGraw-Hill's Conquering LSAT Logic Games
  • Nova's Master the LSAT
  • Essays That Will Get You Into Law School

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

Prepared by: Rich Gause, Government Documents Librarian
URL of this page: http://library.ucf.edu/govdocs/legal/legal.asp

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