LEGAL INFORMATION SOURCES

The UWM Libraries hold many major sources of legal information. This includes primary law, such as federal and state constitutions, federal and Wisconsin statutes (laws) and regulations, and the decisions of court cases from federal and state supreme courts and federal courts of appeals and district courts. The Libraries also have secondary sources such as legal encyclopedias, indexes to legal periodicals, and treatises. The Libraries is a partial depository of United States and Wisconsin government documents, and holdings include federal and state publications related to the law. Considerable federal legal materials, and some state information, is available through Internet sources; selected sites are mentioned with specific titles. Sources may be governmental, educational, or commercial and vary in currency, value, and methods of access.

LexisNexis AcademicTM is a valuable resource covering select periodicals, federal and state case law, U.S. laws and regulations. many state laws, U.S. patents, and some Canadian and European legal materials.

WestLaw CampusTM is another valuable resource with full text of many state supreme and federal court cases, laws, and regulations. It also indexes select periodicals and has the full text, updated, American Jurisprudence.

STATUTES, CODES AND REGULATIONSCONSTITUTIONS CASE LAW
SHEPARD'S CITATORS DIGESTS AND INDEXES PERIODICAL GUIDES
DIRECTORIES AND OTHER SOURCE BOOKS LEGAL RESEARCH GUIDES LEGAL ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND DICTIONARIES
INTERNET

STATUTES, CODES, AND REGULATIONS

Federal
United States Statutes at LargeKF 50 .A3x
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS30184
Vols. 1-76A: (MF) KF 01
United States Code [USC]
Library keeps latest edition only
(REF) KF 62 .A1
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS2873
United States Code Annotated [USCA]Westlaw Campus
United States Code Congressional and Administrative
News [USCCAN]
KF 62 .U5x
1941-2006

State and Municipal
See the RIS Library Guide Legal and Court Resources, section State Legal Sites for links to sites of all states for statutes, administrative rules, attorney general opinions, state supreme courts, and constitutions.
Wisconsin Session Laws (Laws
of Wisconsin)
KFW 2524 .W5xhttp://www.legis.state.wi.us/
Wisconsin Statutes(REF) KFW 2430 .A2 W5xhttp://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/stat.html
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/prefaces/toc
West's Wisconsin Statutes Annotated(REF) KFW 2430 .W52x
Milwaukee Code of Ordinances
{updated}
(REF) KFX 1851 .A6 1941http://wilawlibrary.gov/topics/ordinances.php
Milwaukee City Charter {updated}(REF) KFX 1851 .A6 1984http://wilawlibrary.gov/topics/ordinances.php
Milwaukee County Code of General
Ordinances {updated}
(REF) KFW 2999 .M5 A35http://wilawlibrary.gov/topics/ordinances.php
See the RIS Library Guide, Legal Resources for Wisconsin and Milwaukee for additional local resources.

Legislation and Legislative Histories

Federal
CIS Annual(MFC) KF 49 .C4x
Congressional Index(REF) KF 49 .C6
Congressional Record
current issues
Cumulations: 1873-date
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=CREC
(MC) J 08; J 11 .R5; (MF) J 05

State
Bulletin of the Proceedings of the Wisconsin Legislature
Current in the RIS collection annex, by call number KFW
J 87 .W612x
http://legis.wisconsin.gov/propsaz.html
Subject Compilations of State Laws: Research Guide and
Annotated Bibliography {1960-1990}
(compact) KF 1 .F67

Administrative Regulations

Code of Federal Regulationshttp://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFRl
Federal Registerhttp://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR
Wisconsin Administrative Code       {with updates}(REF) KFW 2435 .A2

CONSTITUTIONS

Constitutions of the Countries of the World {with updates}(REF annex) JF 11 .C68x
Constitutions of Dependencies and Special Sovereignties(REF annex) JF 11 .C67x
Constitutions of the United States, National and State [2ed](REF annex) JK 18 .C65x 1974
Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis
and Interpretation
(REF) KF 4527 .U54 1996
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/constitution/index.html
Encyclopedia of the American Constitution(REF) KF 4548 .E53 2000

CASE LAW

WestLaw CampusTM       LexisNexis Academic

Supreme Court
United States Reports [US]KF 101 .U51x
United States Supreme Court Reports
(Lawyer's edition) [L.Ed., L.Ed 2d]

(REF) KF 101 .U5x

Federal Courts (Circuit and District Courts)
Federal Reporter (Court of Appeals)
1st-3rd series

KF 105 .F423x/F422x/F42x
Federal Supplement (District Courts)
1st-2nd series
KF 105 .F45x
West's Federal Rules DecisionsKF 8830
American Law Reports A.L.R.FederalKF 105 .A54
American Law Reports A.L.R.       2nd-5thKF 132 .A46x/.A5x/.A52x/.A53x

Wisconsin
Callaghan's Official Wisconsin Reports(REF) KFW 2445 .W5x
U.S. District Court Wisconsin, Easternhttp://www.wied.uscourts.gov/
U.S. District Court Wisconsin, Westernhttp://www.wiwd.uscourts.gov/

State Courts: National Reporter System
Atlantic Reporterv.1 - Ser.2 v.140KF 135 .A7
Northeastern Reporterv.1 - v.200KF 135 .N6
West's North Western Reporterv.1 - Ser.2 v.584KF 135 .N7
Pacific Reporterv.1 - Ser.2 v.250KF 135 .P2
South Eastern Reporterv.1 - v. 130KF 135 .S6 S59x
Southwestern Reporterv.1 - Ser.2 v. 300KF 135 .S7

SHEPARD'S CITATORS

Shepard's Federal Citations {1995/96}KF 105 .2 .S42
Shepard's United States Citations. Cases. {1994}KF 101 .2 .S54
Shepard's United States Citations. Statutes, Court Rules. {1986, supps to 1992}KF 101 .2 .S542x
Shepard's United States Supreme Court Case Names Citator {1987, supps to 1991}KF 101 .2 .S55
Shepard's Wisconsin Citations {2007, current supps}(REF) KFW 2459 .S52x
Shepard's Acts and Cases by Popular Names, Federal and State {1999, current supps}(REF) KF 80 .S5

DIGEST AND INDEXES

LexisNexis AcademicTMResources A-Z
Decennial Digests 5th-10thKF 141
Digest of United States Supreme Court Reports (Lawyer's Edition)(REF) KF 101 .1 .D5x
West's General Digest
KF 141 Supplement
West's Federal Practice Digest, 4th
1st-3rd
KF 127 .M614x
KF 127 .M6/.M61x/.M613x
West's Wisconsin Key Number Digest(REF) KFW 2447 .1 .W47x

LEGAL ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND DICTIONARIES

American Jurisprudence (2ed)
      2ed updated
KF 154 .A42 1962
WestLaw CampusTM
Ballentine's Law Dictionary(REF) KF 156 .B3 1969
Black's Law Dictionary(REF) KF 156 .B53 2009
Burton's Legal Thesaurus(REF) KF 156 .B856 1998
Corpus Juris SecundumKF 154 .C62x
Oxford Companion to LawK 48 .W34
West's Encyclopedia of American Law(REF) KF 154 .W47 1998
Words and Phrases {with suppls}KF 156 .W6712 1964

DIRECTORIES AND OTHER SOURCE BOOKS

Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation
information based on the Bluebook
(REF) KF 245 .B58 2000
http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation/
Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court [2ed](REF) KF 8742 .W567 1990
Findlaw Formshttp://forms.findlaw.com/
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directoryhttp://www.martindale.com/
LexisNexis Academic
Who's Who in American Law(REF) KF 372 .W48x {2003/04}
Marquis Who's Who

 

LEGAL RESEARCH GUIDES

Guides are helpful in finding sources of the law or searching techniques for law research.
Congress and Law-Making: Researching the Legislative Process [2ed]KF 240 .G63 1989
Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations Used in American Law Books [2ed](REF) KF 246 .B46 1985
Finding the Law: A Workbook on Legal Research for Laypersons(REF) KF 240 .C58x 1982
Fundamentals of Legal Research(REF) KF 240 .J3 1987
How our Laws are MadeKF 4945 .S85 2007
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS103851
How to Find the Law(REF) KF 240 .C538 1989
Legal Research Guide: Patterns and Practice(REF) KF 240 .R63 1990
Legal and Court Resources: Information On UWM Libraries Holdings of Commonly Requested Resources

PERIODICAL GUIDES

LexisNexis AcademicTM       (select journal coverge)Resources A-Z
Criminal Justice Abstracts(compact) HV 6001 .C7x
Resources A-Z
Criminal Justice Periodical Index(compact) HV 6001 .C73x
Index to Legal Periodicals and Books     (comprehensive journal coverage)KF 8 .I45x
Resources A-Z
WestLaw CampusTM     (select journal coverge)Resources A-Z
For additional resources, check the Subject Guides: Law and Criminal Justice list from the UWM Libraries homepage.


INTERNET

This is a select list of sites for legal sources; the number of sites and what is available changes daily. Many legal resources are available from multiple sites.


United States sites include:
  • http://thomas.loc.gov
  • http://www.fedworld.gov/
  • http://www.gpoaccess.gov/index.html
  • http://www.loc.gov/
  • http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/
  • http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html

  • Wisconsin legislative and legal resources are available from sites such as the Legislature, the state home page, or the Wisconsin State Bar:
  • http://legis.wisconsin.gov/
  • http://www.wisconsin.gov/
  • http://www.wisbar.org/legalres/

  • A wealth of links can be found at these and other sites:
  • http://www.findlaw.com/
  • http://www.law.cornell.edu/
  • http://library.law.emory.edu/electronic-resources/free-legal-web-resources/
  • http://www.uscourts.gov/
  • http://www.washlaw.edu/
  • LLB: 7 March 2011


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