This subject covers: the legal systems of the Federal government and the State of Minnesota (with an emphasis on primary sources e.g. statutory law, case law and administrative law), legal education and the legal profession in the United States generally.
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Article Databases and Indexes
Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes
Indexes over 1,025 legal publications, law reviews, bar association journals and legal newspapers. With nearly 300 law reviews, it provides international coverage including periodicals from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Accessible from Law Library public workstations and Law School network only. Includes some abstracts and full-text articles.
Law Reviews - Access outside a University library (e.g., from home or office)is limited to students, staff, and faculty at the University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities. Search and retrieve full-text articles from law reviews and bar journals. Click on "Advance Options" link below search bar and then select "Law Reviews" from the Content Type options. Download the Content List for information on titles and dates of coverage.
Coverage is for the period 1832 (when printed Court records began) through 1978. Browse and full text searching capability are provided. Searches by specific keywords or phrases, author (counsel or organization), case name, court term year and document filing date, U.S. Reports citation number are available. Document types include Appellant's Brief; Appellee's Brief; Application for Review; Application for Writ; Brief in Opposition; Brief of Real Party; Intervenor?s Brief; Jurisdictional Statement; Letter Brief; Opposition for Review; Oral Transcript; Petition; Petition for Rehearing; Petitioner?s Brief; Petition for Writ of Certiorari; Relator?s Brief; Supplement to Petition; Transcript; among other sources.
General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles
LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, and over 1,500 newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, consumer information, and countries worldwide. Locate information about companies, including company profiles from Hoovers. Legal publications include federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, Shepards Citations service, patent search and other legal reference materials.
This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier, designed specifically for public libraries, provides full text for more than 2,000 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more. In addition to the full text, this database provides indexing and abstracts for 2700 titles. This database features: 5,000 full text Magill Book Reviews, 357 reference and travel books including the World Almanac & Book of Facts 2001; full text from 84,074 biographies, 86,132 full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. MasterFILE Premier offers PDF backfiles as far back as 1975.
Catalogs and Bibliographies
General Reference Sources
Attorneys and Law Firms
Directory of law firms and attorneys with brief biographical information on practicing lawyers. Updated annually. Web version allows users to search by attorney or firm name, location/area of practice or for attorneys in corporations, U.S. government agencies or law school faculty. Attorney Directory from Martindale.
The West Legal Directory on FindLaw's "Find a Lawyer" page allows users to search for attorneys and law firms in the U.S. and abroad, by name, geographic location and area/type of practice. Also includes a directory of law students and a court address directory, (not detailed).
An encyclopedic text of both procedural and substantive American law, state, federal, criminal, civil and procedural. Consisting of over 430 topic headings (titles), Am Jur 2d articles collect, examine, and summarize the broad principles of American law and, at the same time, provide direct leads to supporting cases, related annotations, forms, proofs, and trial techniques. Available online via LexisNexis Academic.
Federal Law - Administrative Law
Code of Federal Regulations: Internet through Academic Universe (Lexis-Nexis) Note: Access outside a University library (e.g., from home or office) is limited to students, staff, and faculty at the University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities. Select "U.S. Code, Constitution, & Court Rules" from the main menu and then "Code of Federal Regulations" in the "Source Material" box of the search form.
Federal Law - Case Law - U.S. Court of Appeals
Federal Law - Case Law - U.S. District Courts
Opinions from cases decided in the U.S. District Courts and several other special Federal courts. Note, not all U.S. District Court cases are chosen for publication. Internet version through Academic Universe (Lexis-Nexis) Note: Access outside a University library (e.g., from home or office) is limited to students, staff, and faculty at the University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities. Select "Federal Case Law " from the main menu and then "District Courts" in the "Court" box of the search form.
Federal Law - Case Law - U.S. Supreme Court
Federal Law - Constitution, Statutes and Codes
The official, permanent, session law publication for federal laws. Volumes arranged by session of Congress and public law numbers. Also available on HeinOnline, http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/4329 (select U.S. Statutes at Large from list of collections. Also available on FDsys at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=STATUTE.
General Reference Works
Handbooks and Manuals
Laws and Legislation
This web site maintained by the Library of Congress contains the full-text of U.S. Public Laws, bill texts, committee reports and other legislative information from the 101st Congress (1989) to the present and citations to the same from the 93rd Congress (1973) through the 101st.
Minnesota Law - Administrative Law
Minnesota Law - Case Law
Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions - Use the "Look up a Legal Case" option to retrieve by case citation. To search cases full-text, select "Search By Content Type" > "Federal and States Cases" > Select "Advanced Options" > Check the court(s) you wish to search and click "Apply"
Minnesota Law - Constitution, Statutes and Codes
Minnesota Statutes & Constitution - Select "State Legal Research" from the main menu and then "State Code, Constitution, and Court Rules" from the "State Legal Research" screen and then "Minnesota" from the "State Code, Constitution, and Court Rules" menu. Chose from the sources found on the search form's "Source to Search" box to limit your search.
Gateways & Megasites
Style Manuals and Writing Guides
RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).