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General Research and Legal Resources

Legal Research Sites

Ebsco Legal Information Reference Center
Collection of useful legal resources information by topcis, including Nolo Press ebooks

Ebsco Small Business Reference Center
Collection of useful small business information, including legal resources and Nolo Press ebooks

FindLaw
Comprehensive site and search engine. A good place to start legal research.

Gale Small Business Resource Center
Collection of information and resources covering planning, funding, starting, and managing a small business.

USA.gov
Web information portal for U.S. Federal Government. Users can search by typing keyword/phrase or by browsing through predefined topics.

GlobaLex
Research guides on international and foreign law.

HG.org
Database of legal and government information and guide to law-related discussion groups.

Jurist
Real time legal news and research site from the University of Pittsburg School of Law.

Legal Information Institute
Good collection of U.S. laws and court decisions from Cornell Law School.

LLRX
Legal research guides for domestic, international, and foreign law, as well as a finding tool for state court rules, forms, and dockets.

WashLaw
Collection of legal research sites arranged by category from Washburn School of Law.

Directories

California Courts
Links to California Superior Courts, Courts of Appeals, and Supreme Court web sites.

California Lawyers
State Bar of California Members records online. Searchable by name or by state bar number.

California State Assemby Members
Links to Assembly Member’s Home Page and includes biography and email address.

California State Senators
Links to Senator’s Home Page and includes biography and email address.

Federal Courts
Links to a clearinghouse for information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government, maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Leadership Law Premium
Online legal directory featuring contact and biographical information on America’s top lawyers and law firms.

Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator
Nationwide directory of lawyers, searchable by individual name, firm name, and practice area.

United States Representatives
Provides contact information for members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

United States Senators
Provides contact information for U.S. Senate members searchable by name or by state.

Dictionaries, Thesauri, Finding Aids

Internet Acronym Server
Provides a list of (mostly) acronyms (abbreviations constructed from the first letter or first few letters of the words of a phrase. This is not a dictionary. Users can search for an acronym and see what it means or search a word and see what acronym it is used in. Users can also add an acronym to the database.

Bartleby.com
Contains excellent reference works including American Heritage Dictionary, Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, Columbia Encyclopedia, Robert’s Rules of Order, Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus, Strunk’s Elements of Style, and World Factbook.

LII’s Introduction to Legal Citation
Peter W. Martin’s primer on citation was updated in 2011 and is based on the 19th edition of the Bluebook and the 4th edition of the ALWD Citation Manual.

Legal Dictionaries
Links to legal dictionaries or glossaries of legal terms from the Stetson University College of Law.

Zimmerman’s Research Guides
An online encyclopedia for legal researchers by Andrew Zimmerman. Users can search by keyword/phrase or browse by topic.

Legal News

The Recorder

Jurist’s Paper Chase

HG.com Legal News Center

National Law Journal

Legal Times