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- Getting Started (video guide)
- Anywhere Access
- Log in to Anywhere Access to use library resources while off-campus.
- Live Chat
- The Live Chat page shows ways to contact a Reference Librarian. Contact methods include online chat, text message, email, phone, or visiting us in person during normal reference desk hours.
- Schedule a research consultation with a librarian for in-depth help
- With this online form, you may request an appointment with a reference librarian for assistance with your research. We request 48 hours' notice to allow time for scheduling.
- Locate books in the Odum Library
- Search for Library of Congress Subject Headings
- ILL (Inter-Library Loan)
- Odum Library subject guide for Law
Developing a Search Statement
Print Reference Materials
You will find print reference sources in both the main reference collection and the "reference alcove." Please ask the Reference Librarian on duty at the reference desk for assistance in finding materials.
An example of a print reference resource
Online Reference Sources
An example of an online reference resource (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Getting Started with Legal Materials
- Carson, B. M. (2011). Finding the law: Legal research for librarians and paralegals. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. [
KF240 .C37 2011]
- Kerr, O. (2007). "How to read a legal opinion", The Green Bag: An Entertaining Journal of Law, 11(1), George Mason University School of Law.
- Basic Legal Citation (Appalachian School of Law)
- Olson, K. C., & NetLibrary, I. (1999). Legal information: How to find it, how to use it. Phoenix, Ariz.: Oryx Press.
Finding Academic Articles
A reminder regarding "peer review" and using Ulrichs to confirm which journals are peer-reviewed.
Specific Databases (a non-exhaustive list):
Dissertations & Theses
Publications of the federal government can be excellent primary sources. The following search engines may be useful:
For census data:
For crime statistics:
Bureau of Justice Statistics
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