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Research Help: Federal Law

Visit us in person or schedule an appointment. Read on for basic research guidance.

Those who do not know where to start

The most recommended resource for public patrons that are not attorneys: Federal Legal Research. By Mary Garvey Algero. KF 240 .F48 2015 (reserve and reference).

Common practitioner questions

Do you want more information?

  1. Generally search for subject matter in the online catalog: The Library has many resources that are helpful.
    1. Best for beginning materials. Federal Practice Digest. Range 212 on second floor.‚Äč 
    2. For federal court. Moore’s Federal Practice. KF 8820 .A313 M632.
    3. For federal court. Federal Practice and Procedure. KF 8840 .W68.
  2. Subject specific materials.
    • Specialized Legal Research, KF 240 .S69 2001 Reference. Provides overviews and specific resources for: securities regulation, the Uniform Commercial Code, federal income taxation, copyright law, federal labor and employment law, law of environmental protection, admiralty and maritime law, immigration law, military and veterans law, banking law, federal patent and trademark law, federal government contracts, and customs law. 
    • A users best bet is to search by keyword/subject in catalog. For specific areas of the law, there are a few “go-to” resources.
      1. Bankruptcy: Collier on Bankruptcy. KF 1524 .C6.
      2. Tax:
      • Intelliconnect and the BNA Tax and Accounting Center are databases that provide some of the best tax research resources. Users must be on-campus to access both resources, and for BNA, see a librarian for login credentials. Access all of the law library's databases at
      • In print: Standard Federal Tax Reporter -  KF 6285. C67. Most of the resources on these shelves could be helpful.
      1. Immigration: Immigration Law and Procedure. KF 4819 .G62.
      2. Healthcare: Treatise on Healthcare Law. KF 3821 .T74. Also on Lexis Advance (students and faculty) 
  3. Forms
    • May be found in the treaties/books for the particular area of law.
    • General form books: West’s Legal Forms. KF 170.W4 (reference) – in the short stacks. There are many other form books there if you want something different.
    • See the print research guide with more information concerning formbooks at the circulation desk.