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LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe is a full-text database that provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal and reference information compiled specifically for the research needs of academic institutions. Search full text federal, state and international legal materials in the Legal Research section. Includes cases, codes and law review articles.


Social Sciences Abstracts  indexes and abstracts articles covering addiction studies, area studies, community health & medical care, corrections, criminal justice, economics, environmental studies, ethics, family studies, gender studies, geography, gerontology, law, public administration, political science, psychiatry, psychology, social work, sociology and urban studies. Coverage begins with 1983. Abstracting coverage begins with periodicals published in January 1994.

Sociological Abstracts  |  (En Espanol) This database covers the latest research in the fields of sociology, social sciences and related disciplines. Abstracts and enhanced citations are available for over 1,640 journals, monographs, conference papers and dissertations (1960 - present).







Cornell University Legal Information InstituteThis is an extensive resource, an excellent starting place for legal research. It contains a library of law topics, giving an overview and “menu of sources” for each. It includes both federal and state constitutions and codes, as well as court opinions. One feature permits searching for Supreme Court decisions by topic and gives a summary of the case, when available, as well as the opinions of the court. In addition to federal and state law, there is a section on law from around the world.


FindLaw  --This site, another great starting place, has sections for professionals, students, businesses and the general public. It provides access to U.S. Federal and State cases and codes and has a noteworthy collection of legal forms. There are good overview articles on various legal topics. It is also good for career information.


WWW Virtual Library: LawsA catalog of law sites presented by the Indiana University School of Law. Search or browse by topic. It also includes a lengthy list of links to legal search tools and other comprehensive legal sites.




U.S. Judicial Branch ResourcesThis site, from the Library of Congress, contains links to U.S. Judiciary Branch resources as well as to other legal information websites relating to the Constitution, Federal Code, Regulations, Judicial opinions, etc.


Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet  - This site contains a wealth of information relating to U.S. legislation: information about bills and amendments, as well as the full text of bills and public laws. There are sections on House and Senate roll call votes, information on House and Senate Committees, essays on how laws are made and how they are enacted. The text of the Congressional Record from 1989 onwards, and a database of historical documents, including the Constitution, can also be found here.


The Constitution of the United States of America – Includes analysis and interpretation. Each amendment is discussed and annotations of cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court are included.

Federal Courts FinderOpinions from recent cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the various Circuit Courts.


Immigration Law on the WebAn article, written by a law librarian from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with many useful links in the area of immigration law


EEOC Home Page – U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Gives a good overview of federal laws relating to job discrimination.


Employment Discrimination – Gives an overview of the topic and lists relevant statutes, regulations and court decisions.




New York State Assembly – Provides links to the N.Y.S. Constitution and the Consolidated and Unconsolidated Laws.  Current N.Y.S. bills are searchable by number or keyword.


Tables Summarizing Family Law in the Fifty States


Public Access Law Libraries  - a list by county of public access law libraries in New York State.




New York City Council – New York City Local Laws, 1990 – present, and information relating to New York City’s legislative branch.


Legal Citations


Basic Legal CitationsA “how-to” based on the “Bluebook”


Encyclopedia and Dictionary


Legal Encyclopedia - Nolo -- Hundreds of articles in “plain-English”.

Legal Dictionary - Nolo Defines law terms using everyday English.

Professional Associations


ABA Section of Family Law


American Bar Association


American Immigration Lawyers Association


Manhattan Paralegal Association


National Federation of Paralegal Associations


U.S. Paralegal Organizations by State



Encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks


Affirmative action: a reference handbook. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, c 999. Ref. HF5549.5 .A34 E39 1999   


Black's law dictionary. 7th ed. St. Paul, Minn.: West Group, 1999. Ref. KF 156 .B53 1999


Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. New York: Macmillan, (4 vol., suppl), 1986. Ref. KF 4548 .E53 1986.


Encyclopedia of the American judicial system: Studies of the principal institutions and processes of law. (3 vol.), 1987.  New York:  Scribner's.  Ref. KF 154 .E53


Great American Trials. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994. Ref. KF 220 .G74 1993


Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, c1997. Ref. KF 8742 .W567 1997


Historic U.S. court cases, 1690-1990: an encyclopedia.  New York: Garland Pub., 1992. Ref. KF385.A4 J64 1992 


Immigration law sourcebook. Washington, DC: American Immigration Law Foundation, c 1994. Ref. KF4819.3 .K87 1994


Legalese: the words lawyers use and what they mean. New York, N.Y.: Laurel, c1990. Ref. KF156 .F675 1990. 


Modern dictionary for the legal professional. 3rd ed. Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein & Co., 2001. Ref. KF 156 .B49 2001.


Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. Ref. KF 8742 .A35 093

The Supreme Court Justices: illustrated biographies, 1789 – 1993. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, c1993. Ref. KF 8744 ,S86 1993

Wiley’s English-Spanish and Spanish-English legal dictionary = Diccionario juridico ingles-espanol y espanol-ingles Wiley. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, c1993.


Abou El Fadl, Khaled. Rebellion and violence in Islamic law. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. on order.

Carrell, Michael R. Labor relations and collective bargaining: cases, practice and law. 6th ed, 2001. KF 3408 .C37 2001.

Cortner, Richard C. Civil rights and public accommodations: the Heart of Atlanta Motel and McClung cases. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, 2001. on order.

Daniels, Roger. Debating American immigration, 1882 – present. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c. 2001 JV 6483 .D35 2001

Patterson, James T. Brown v. Board of Education: a civil rights milestone and its troubled legacy.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. on order.

Peinkofer, J. (Jim). Silenced angels: the medical, legal and social aspects of shaken baby syndrome. Westport, Conn.: Auburn House, 2002. RJ 375 .P45 2002

The state legal guide to nursing. Albany, N.Y.: Delmar/Thomson Learning, c. 2001. in process.