Selected Resources for: Law

Subject Librarian:

Vic Garces

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.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Full-text legal periodicals database with browse and full-text search features. Includes coverage of many older legal periodicals not available in electronic format elsewhere.
Remote access available for University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities students, staff and faculty

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.

Provides full-text digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on U.S. and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Browse feature (by author or title) and full-text search engine provided.

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

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

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and 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 provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

Indexes, Other

This is one of the more comprehensive and easy-to-use web portals for Internet Legal Resources.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

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).

Biographical Sources

Detailed profiles and evaluations of all judges of the United States District Courts, the United States Circuit Courts and the United States Supreme Court.

Brief biographical information on state and federal judges around the country.

Excellent dictionary for deciphering legal abbreviations.

Biographical information of each U.S. Supreme Court Justice from the first court (Jay Court, 1789) to the current court. Includes images (portraits and photos) and multimedia material (audio of interviews and speeches).


Judges, and Clerks : a state-by-state and federal listing.

A directory of links to state, federal and international court web sites.



A bit dated, but a good quick reference tool for identifying print and electronic sources as well as associations and organizations arranged under 480 law-related subjects.

Law and Legal Information Directory.

Describes a wide range of national and international organizations, services and programs related to law and the legal professional

Legal Researcher's Desk Reference.

An excellent directory and quick reference source, includes web and email addresses.


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.

Provides a statement and explanation of Minnesota law on over 350 subject areas as derived from case law, statutes and administrative law sources since 1910.

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law

Multi-volume encyclopedia of American law. Supplemented by the annual, American Law Yearbook, Law Library Reference KF154.W472

National Survey of State Laws

An excellent source for making state-by-state comparisons of state laws of some of the "most-asked about and controversial topics".

Federal Law - Administrative Law

Contains rules and regulations promulgated by the executive departments and agencies. Arranged in 50 titles and within each title by agency. Title 3 contains Executive Orders. The set includes a subject index volume. For Internet access, see below.

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 Reporter

Opinions of cases decided in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Internet web sites listed below.

'U.S. Ct of Appeals Opinions - Select "Federal Case Law " from the main menu and then "Court of Appeals" in the "Court" box of the search form.

Internet version through U of Minn. Law Library "Federal - Judicial Branch" links.

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

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions - Select "Federal Case Law" from the main menu.

Supreme Court Reporter

A commercially published set of the opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Current opinions first published in paperback advance sheet pamphlets.

Internet version through the Univ. of Minnesota Law Library "Federal - Judicial Branch" links.

United States Reports

The official set of U.S. Supreme Court opinions. Very slow publication schedule, for recent opinions see

Federal Law - Constitution, Statutes and Codes

U.S. Code Congressional & Administrative News (USCCAN)

A commercially published compilation of the session laws of Congress that also includes legislative history information.

The US Code contains the laws of the United States arranged by subject. While there are multiple sources on the web, the GPO Access site is designated as the official source.
Alternate web site: Legal Information Institute

United States Code Annotated (USCA)

All 50 titles of the U.S. Code with annotations to legislative history, related case law and more. Updated with annual pocket parts and pamphlet supplements.

United States Code Service (USCS)

Another set of the U.S. Code with annotations and other features similar to the USCA.

The official, permanent, session law publication for federal laws. Volumes arranged by session of Congress and public law numbers. Also available on HeinOnline, (select U.S. Statutes at Large from list of collections. Also available on FDsys at:

General Reference Works

Handbooks and Manuals

A detailed and thorough discussion of legal research materials and research strategy and process.

Specialized Legal Research

Each of the 13 chapters in this volume provides a detailed discussion of the legal research resources in a specialized area of law.

Law Schools

Issued annually, covers a wide variety of statistics such as enrollment, tuition and expenses, faculty, curriculum and bar passages rates. Law school web addresses are also provided.

Lists over 1,300 law schools worldwide, with address, telephone, fax information and law school home page links.

Laws and Legislation

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.

Minnesota Law - Administrative Law

A multi-volume set published every odd numbered year. Updated by pocket part supplements issued between editions. Contains regulations (rules) promulgated by state agencies. Rules arranged by agency name. See volume 1 "User's Guide" for more information.

The State Register is published weekly and contains agency regulations, governors' executive orders, proposed and final agency rules, Tax Court decisions, state contracts and more.

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"

Northwestern Reporter (N.W.); Second Series (N.W. 2d)

Opinions of cases decided in the appellate courts of the state of Minnesota as well as Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Recent opinions published in paperback "Advance Sheets".

Contains Minnesota Supreme Court opinions and orders and Minnesota Court of Appeals published and "unpublished" opinions and orders. Coverage begins in May 1996. Also includes links to the most current MN Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions.

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.

Web gateway to Minnesota constitution, statutes, sessions laws, administrative rules, and court rules. Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes.

Minnesota Statutes Annotated

A multi-volume compilation of Minnesota statutes currently in force, with annotations to legislative history, case law, related statutes, Attorney General opinions, legal periodical articles and more. Includes index and tables volumes.

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

Links compiled by the Minnesota State Law Library to law and government web sites for Minnesota.

Indexes of law-related resources on the web arranged by jurisdiction/branch of government and subject. Compiled by the University of Minnesota Law Library.

One of the most linked to resources in the field of law. An excellent starting point for legal research on the web.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

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.).

Library Information

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