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LGST 100: Foundations of Legal Studies: Find Law in Action

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Use LawCat to Find books or Journal Titles (not articles) at the Law Library. Undergraduates can use materials at the Law Library, but cannot borrow. If there is a resource you need to use over and over again, you can put it on Hold at the Circulation desk.

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Local News

Many local news sources cover the law making bodies (city councils, state legislatures, etc) in their areas, and can be a great source of information.  The below provide access to newspapers from around the U.S, some going back decades.

Intent of the Law?

If you have a question about the original intent of the law, you can look into what is called a legislative history.  A legislative history is the path the bill went through to become a law, and includes all the reports, hearings, debates, etc that went into finalizing the law.  The availability of publications in this process depends on if your law is U.S., state, or local.  U.S. laws are the easiest to access.  The availability of state and local information will depend on the governing body.

For U.S. laws, you can use Proquest's Legislative Insight.

For states and local governments, options are a little more limited.  The following guides provide sources on how to formulate a legislative history in California and local areas.  If you are interested in other states, our resources are much more limited for historical laws.  Legislative information for states going back approx 10 years (varies by state) can be found in the database Quorum.

Find eBooks Related to Legal Studies

The Library offers over 100 e-book and e-text collections in specific subject areas. E-books in collections marked * are also available through OskiCat and Melvyl. You can limit your search in OskiCat to "Available online," and in Melvyl to "Online resources."

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