Legal Research Guides

Updated Feb. 23, 2017.

How do I search for laws on a particular subject? How can I compile a legislative history for a Washington (or federal) law? How can I locate court opinions about a topic? To answer these and other frequently asked questions, the reference librarians have prepared a series of legal research guides. Use these guides to get started on your research project when a reference librarian is not available to assist you or as a reminder as you conduct your research.

Many of these guides have been prepared in conjunction with in-class presentations. The online guides will be updated with the same frequency as the class is taught, usually annually. "Posted" indicates the original date the guide was added to the Law Library website; "updated" indicates the date of last revision.

Note: We are migrating our legal research guides to a new platform (LibGuides). Because we have a large number of guides, the transition will take some time. The list below will include links to guides on the new platform as well as those that are currently on our website.



Keyword/Subject List of Legal Research Guides

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Acronyms & Abbreviations

Acronyms & Abbreviations; U.S. Government: Commonly Used

Administrative Law Research; U.S. (Legal Research Methods Fall 2015 PPT & PDF)

Administrative Law Research--Washington State

Admiralty and maritime law

Students & Others

Alternative Dispute Resolution--Generally

Alternative Dispute Resolution--Arbitration

Alternative Dispute Resolution--Mediation & Collaborative Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution--Negotiation

Arbitration

Arbitration; International Commercial

Arctic Law & Policy

Asylum Research

Attorney General Opinions, Washington

Attorneys

Australian Legal Research Sources

B

Beginning of Life

Bill-Tracking Research Guide; Federal

Biotechnology & Law

Bird, Viola

Blogs & RSS Feeds

Blogs in Washington State; Law-Related

Bluebook 101

Books Written for Nonlawyers in the Gallagher Law Library

Briefs & Oral Arguments

Brown v. Board of Education Websites & Books

Business Organizations Legal Research Guide; Corporations and

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call numbers / classification numbers

careers & jobs

cases & caselaw research

Chinese Law A - Z

Citations; Legal & General Writing Resources: Legal

Citations to Articles, Finding

Citators; Online

Cite-Checking & Library Research

Citing Foreign Law

Citing Unusual Trial Sources; Innocence Project Northwest Clinic

Civil Procedure Research Resources

Clerkship Opportunities; Researching Judicial

Commercial Arbitration; International

Commercial Code Research; Uniform

comparative, foreign & international law

Computer-assisted legal research (CALR)

Congressional Research Service Reports

constitutions

Consumer Protection Resources

Contracts: Formbooks & Drafting Resources

copyright

Corporations & Business Organizations Legal Research Guide

Court Rules on E-Filing; Washington

courts

Criminal Justice System; Race in the

Criminal Records; Innocence Project Northwest Clinic

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Dictionaries; Legal

Diversity in Law School Leadership, Promoting

Diversity in the Legal Profession

Diversity Readings Related to First-Year Courses

Drafting Contracts: Formbooks & Drafting Resources

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Education Law

E-Filing, Washington Court Rules on

Election Law

Employment Law
See also labor & employment law

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic: Guides & Resources

environmental law

Ethics; International Research (health)

ethics opinions

European Union Research

evidence

Exams; Law School

Exams, Study Aids

Expert Witnesses: Researching & Using Experts in Litigation

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Family Law Resources; Washington State

Federal Bill-Tracking Guide

Federal Government Resources on the Internet: An A-to-Z Sampler

Federal Legislative History

Federal Rules of Evidence & Comparable State Evidence Rules

Fellowship Opportunities in Law

Finding Citations to Articles

Finding Federal Government Publications on the Internet

Finding Guide for Federal Tax Materials in the Gallagher Law Library

Foreign, Comparative & International Law Research: Selected Sources (PDF)

Foreign Law Research

Foreign Law Research (PDF of slideshow for Comparative and International Law April 2014)

Forensics; Innocence Project Northwest Clinic

Forms; Legal

Forms & Resources for Federal & State Individual Income Tax Returns

Free Legal Information on Washington State Law, Sources of

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Gallagher, Marian Gould

Genetics & the Law

Getting the Scoop on Jobs & Careers

Goddess of Justice; Themis

Going Beyond Casebooks

government documents

Government Work

Grant Resources for Law Students & Public Interest Lawyers (& companion PowerPoint slideshow, 2013)

Grants & Foundations

Guide to Using the Gallagher Law Library for Members of the Public

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Health & Medicine

Help! I Need a Lawyer?

High School Mock Trial Students, Sites for

Human rights

The Hurricane

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IGOs, Intergovernmental Organizations

Immigration Law Research

Index to UW School of Law Indian Law Symposia & Conferences

Indian & Tribal Law Research

Informational Interviews, Samples Searches for Networking &

Innocence Project Northwest Clinic

Intellectual property

interdisciplinary research

Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)

International Agreements; Treaties & Other

International Cases

International Commercial Arbitration

International Environmental Law Research

International Law in the Gallagher Law Library

International Law Research: Selected Sources; Foreign, Comparative &  (PDF)

International Legal Research

International Research Ethics (health)

Introduction to Computer-Assisted Legal Research

Islamic Law Research and companion exercise (Word)

Islamic Law Resources

Islamic Law Topics Using Secondary Sources; Researching (PDF)

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Japanese Law A - Z

jobs, see Careers & jobs

Judgments & Liens; Jury Verdicts, Settlements,

Judges

  • Judges; Washington State Ethics Opinions

Judicial Branch Publications

Judicial Clerkship Opportunities; Researching

Judicial Humor

Judicial Systems in Countries Around the World; Legal &

Jury Verdicts, Settlements, Judgments & Liens

Justice; Themis, Goddess of

Juvenile Justice, Research Sources for

K

Keeping Up & Staying Current; Resources for

Kids & Youth; Legal and Law-Related Websites for

King County Ethics Opinions; Seattle &

Korean Law A - Z

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labor & employment law

Law of the Sea

Law on TV, Video & Film

Law-Related Blogs in Washington State

Law Reviews; Writing for & Publishing in

Law School Exams

Law School Leadership, Promoting Diversity in

Law Students; Library Services & Facilities for University of Washington School of

Law Students; Suggested Reading List for Prospective & Current Law Students

Lawyer; Help! I Need a

Learning about Legal Careers & the Job Search

Learning about Legal Specialties & Practice Areas

Legal & General Writing Resources: General

Legal & General Writing Resources: Legal Writing

Legal & General Writing Resources: Legal Citations

Legal & Judicial Systems in Countries Around the World

Legal & Law-Related Websites for Kids & Youth

Legal Dictionaries

Legal forms

Legal History Collections; Resource Guide to the Gallagher Law Library's Washington State

Legal Information on Washington State Law, Sources of Free

Legal Research But Were Afraid to Ask; What You Always Wanted to Know about

Legal Research Sources for the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic

Legal Specialties & Practice Areas; Learning about

Legislative Advocacy Clinic (PPT)

Legislative History

Legislative Process, The

Legislators & Public Employees; Washington State Ethics Opinions

Library of Congress Call Numbers

Library Services & Facilities for University of Washington School of Law Students

Liens; Jury Verdicts, Settlements, Judgments &

Limited License Legal Professionals; State Activities Related to

Limited License Legal Technicians Research Guide

Low-Cost Legal Research Services on the Web

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Maritime law, see Admiralty and maritime law

Mediation & Collaborative Law (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

Medical Malpractice Research

Memorial Pages for School of Law Faculty, Librarians & Selected Notable Alumni

military

mock trial: Sites for High School Mock Trial Students

Most Cited Law Books

movies & television

N

National Security Law Resources (research guide, PDF)

Negotiation (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

Networking & Informational Interviews, Sample Searches for

News: Resources for Staying Current

News Sources Online; Washington State

Nominations; Supreme Court

Nonlawyers in the Gallagher Law Library; Books Written for

nonlegal research

Nuremberg Trials

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Obtaining Copyright Permission

Ocean & Coastal Law--United States (federal) and state (Washington, Alaska, and Oregon)

Online Citators

Oral Arguments; Court Briefs and

Oregon State Constitution

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Patent Law: Primary Sources

Patent Law: Secondary Sources

People-Finding

Popular Names of Constitutional Provisions

Practice Areas, Learning about Legal Specialties &

Practice Materials; Washington

Presidential Documents

Presidential Power

Procedure Research Resources; Civil

Professional Responsibility

Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership

Public Employees; Washington State Ethics Opinions: Legislators &

Public Health Law Resources

Public Service Careers: Research Tips

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Race in the Criminal Justice System

Recommended Reading for Law Students

Reporters; Court

Research and Writing Strategy for  a Seminar Paper (PPT)

Research Assignments; Surviving Summer

Research Ethics; International

Research Guide for U.S. Ocean & Coastal Law

Research in Copyright Law

Research in Health Law

Research Sources for Juvenile Justice

Research Strategy for Comparative, Foreign &  International Law

Researching Islamic Law Topics Using Secondary Sources (PDF) (companion homework assignment (PDF))

Researching Judicial Clerkship Opportunities

Researching Tariffs

Researching Washington Historical Laws

Resource Guide to the Gallagher Law Library's Washington State Legal History Collections

Resources for Staying Current

RSS Feeds; Blogs &

Rules of Evidence & Comparable State Evidence Rules; Federal

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Scholarship: Resources for Staying Current

School of Marine Affairs 476

Sea; Law of the

Seattle Hosts the World Trade Organization: 1999

Seattle & King County Ethics Opinions

Secondary Sources

Selected Sources for Environmental Law Research on the Internet

Selective List of Government Internet Resources

Seminar Paper, Research and Writing Strategy for a (PPT)

Services & Facilities for University of Washington School of Law Students; Library

Settlements, Judgments & Liens; Jury Verdicts

Social Justice Organizations

Sources of Free Legal Information on Washington State Law

Sports Law Legal Research Guide

SSRN Oct. 2011 (PPTX)

Starting Points for Foreign, Comparative & International Legal Research

State Activities Related to Limited License Legal Professionals

State Individual Income Tax Returns; Forms & Resources for Federal &

State Legal History Collections; Resource Guide to the Gallagher Law Library's Washington

Statutory Research Checklist

Stoebuck, William Brees

Students; Library Services & Facilities for University of Washington School of Law

Study Aids for Law Students

Suggested Reading List for Prospective & Current Law Students

Supreme Court Nominations

Surviving Summer Research Assignments

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Taiwan Legal Research at the University of Washington

Tariffs; Researching

taxation

Themis, Goddess of Justice

Tort Law: Primary Sources

Tort Law: Secondary Sources

Trademark Law

Treaties & Other International Agreements

Trial Ad Notes

Trial Advocacy Resources

Tribal Court Decisions: Sources

Tribal Law Research; Indian &

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Unemployment Law Research Guide

Uniform Commercial Code Research

United Nations Research

U.S. (federal) legal research guides

University of Washington School of Law Students; Library Services & Facilities for

Useful Websites for Documents Librarians

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Verdicts, Settlements, Judgments & Liens; Jury

Veterans' Benefits

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Washington State legal research guides

What Else Can I Do for a Patron with a Legal Question?

What You Always Wanted to Know about Legal Research But Were Afraid to Ask

Wilkins, Betty

Witnesses: Expert

Word Tips to Make Your Life Easier

World Trade Organization; Seattle Hosts the

writing

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Guides Prepared for UW Classes Outside of the Law School

Information School

RA handout, April 2014 (PDF)

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Other Washington State Legal Research Guides

The Washington State Law Library provides a series of informational brochures on legal research topics, including constitutional law, statutory law, administrative law, legislative history, court reports, legal citations, citators, and digests.

The Seattle University Law Library offers several legal research guides.

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Portals to Other Legal Research Guides

Many other law libraries post legal research guides on their websites.

The Cornell University Law Library provides a searchable Legal Research Engine that links to a variety of legal research guides available from approximately 20 law school libraries (including the Gallagher Law Library).

New York University's GlobaLex contains a strong collection of legal research guide for various foreign countries.

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Research Guides for Graduate Students

Secondary Sources

Primary Legal Authority: Legislation

Primary Legal Authority: Regulations

Primary Legal Authority: Case Law

 

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