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New Jersey Print Research Guide for the Public (Newark): Basic Research Tools

Basic Tools

 

Depending upon the complexity of your question, you may wish to consult the following resources to determine the precise legal terms used to describe your problem.

Legal Terms

Black's Law Dictionary

Black's provides definitions of the legal terms used in describing legal issues. On the first floor it is located on the counter between the Reference Desk and the Resume Computer. On the second floor it is on an easel on the counter near the third floor stairwell. It is also available from RESERVE.

American Jurisprudence 2d

Typically referred to as Am.Jur.2d, this is a multi-volume legal encyclopedia located on the first floor at call number KF154.A42.

Corpus Juris Secundum: A Complete Restatement of the Entire American Law by All Reported Cases

Commonly known as C.J.S., this is a multi-volume legal encyclopedia located on the first floor at call number KF154.C56.

Words & Phrases

This set of volumes provides the definitions given to words and phrases by both state and federal courts in specific cases. It is located on the first floor at call number KF156.W6712.

New Jersey Legal Research

You and the law in New Jersey : a resource guide
Patrons doing New Jersey legal research might want to consult this book early in the research process to familiarize themselves with New Jersey legal rights and resources. It is located on the first floor at NJREF & REF KFN1881 .M55 1998.

Legal Research Methods and Legal Writing

Materials on general legal research methods and strategies are catalogued in the area of call number KF240. Additionally, the following volumes are on Reserve at the Circulation Desk:


Basic Legal Research: Tools & Strategies, 4th ed., Sloan (RESERVE KF240.S66 2009)
Finding the Law, 11th ed. (RESERVE KF240.B45 1999)
How to Find the Law, 9th ed., Cohen, Berring & Olson (RESERVE KF240.H6 1989)
Legal Problem Solving, 4th ed., Rombauer (RESERVE KF240.R64 1983)
Legal Research: A Self-Teaching Guide, 2d ed., Hodes (KF240.H62 1988)
Legal Research and Writing: Some Starting Points, 4th ed. Statsky (RESERVE KF240.S783 1999)
Legal Research Illustrated, 8th ed., Mersky & Dunn (RESERVE KF240.M472 2002)
Legal Research in a Nutshell, 11th ed., Cohen & Olson (RESERVEKF240.C54 2013)
Legal Research Manual, 2d ed., Wren & Wren (RESERVE KF240.W7 1986)
Legal Research Survival Manual, Berring & Edinger (RESERVE KF240.B47 2017)
The Process of Legal Research, 7th ed., Kunz et als. (RESERVE KF240.P76 2008)

Patrons specifically researching New Jersey law will find most relevant materials in the New Jersey Reference Room on the first floor to the right of the Circulation Desk. New Jersey statutes, New Jersey case reporters, New Jersey case digests, New Jersey forms sets, and New Jersey Shepards, among other materials, are located together in this room to facilitate use by patrons doing New Jersey research. The New Jersey Administrative Code is on Reserve at the Circulation Desk. Duplicates of many materials are available, ask the Reference Librarian for assistance locating materials if you find a volume missing. The NJ Reference room is located on the first floor.

New Jersey Reference Room

Patrons specifically researching New Jersey law will find most relevant materials in the New Jersey Reference Room on the first floor to the right of the Circulation Desk. New Jersey statutes, New Jersey case reporters, New Jersey case digests, New Jersey forms sets, and New Jersey Shepards, among other materials, are located together in this room to facilitate use by patrons doing New Jersey research. The New Jersey Administrative Code is on Reserve at the Circulation Desk. Duplicates of many materials are available, ask the Reference Librarian for assistance locating materials if you find a volume missing.

Federal Materials

Federal statutes, case reporters, and the Code of Federal Regulations are located in the West Gallery on the first floor in rows 1 through 12. Related Shepards and case digests are shelved with or near the corresponding primary materials. Duplicates of many materials are available, ask the Reference Librarian for assistance locating materials if you find a volume missing.

State Materials

State-specific primary resources are located on the second floor at call numbers KFA-KFW, shelved alphabetically by state name. The materials for each state appear in this order: statutes, court rules, case reporters, case digests, and Shepards. However, except for California, no Shepards is available for states covered by the Pacific Reporter, for these states use the Pacific Shepards located on the first floor at call number KF135.P22 S5.

Government Documents

The Law Library is an official depository for certain federal and New Jersey government documents. Both federal and New Jersey documents collections are on the second floor. In addition to the Reference Librarian, Government Documents staff members are generally available during business hours to assist patrons in locating specific documents. The Documents Librarians’ offices are on the second floor overlooking the Atrium.

Periodicals

Bound periodicals are in the East Reading Gallery of the second floor; current issues are on Reserve at the Circulation Desk.