How to Research a Legal Issue
Not sure where to start when researching a legal issue? As library staff, we can recommend online guides which have been written to assist the non-attorney in navigating through the complex world of law.
Cornell Law School’s Basics of Legal Research
provides useful information about locating case law, statutes and administrative regulations. Although written for students, the site is clearly written and should be useful to anyone wanting to understand the process of legal research.
If you are familiar with how to conduct legal research and you are looking for additional resources, the Virtual Chase’s Legal Research
site is a directory of links to federal, state and local law resources and guides to specific areas of law.
For more Virginia-specific information, check out William & Mary’s Legal Research in Virginia
. This guide, which like Cornell’s is written with students in mind, provides information and links for Virginia statutes, legislative history, cases and administrative law, and of course, don’t forget to check out the information on the Wahab Public Law Library Web site