Library - Legal Information


Legal Reference Tools:

  • Dictionary  - from the ALM Company. Enter a term, word search the definitions or scan the alphabetical list. Low-key ads.
  • Findlaw Dictionary  - from the Thomson Company. Word search capability.  Contains ads.
  • Legal Dictionary & Glossary  - from Legal terminology and abbreviations. Also lists the area of law which applies to the term.
  • Legal Abbreviations and Citations - list of common abbreviations of cases, statutes, and other publications and explanation of citation abbreviations from the American Association of Law Libraries.
  • Guide to Legal Abbreviations - a short guide to abbreviations of legal publications from St. Mary's University Law Library.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of American Law - covers today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms & concepts, notable people involved with the law, and important documents. 7 digit College ID number needed for remote access.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law  - includes brief descriptions of each issue's historical background, profiles of various U.S. laws and regulations, details of how laws vary from state to state, and identifies additional print and Web resources. 7 digit College ID number needed for remote access.


  • Legal Information Institute - at the Cornell University Law School. Well-organized site has small dictionary (lexicon), history, and overview of many legal subjects with links to the relevant legal source material, access to constitutions, court opinions, law by geographic area. International in scope.
  • FindLaw Cases and Codes - access to U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Trial Court, and Federal Court opinions.  Opinion summaries since Sept., 2000 for U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Courts, California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and N.Y. Court of Appeals searchable by court, topic, docket number, name, and date.
  • Zimmerman's Research Guide  - housed on the LexisNexis Web site, this easy-to-use site is provided by a lawyer/librarian. Search engine and list of topics. Limited number of entries but clear, helpful explanations, and links to more information.


  • Fedlaw - access to Federal laws.
  • Thomas - Legislative Information on the Internet - the Library of Congress' directory of links to the House and Senate's bills, committees, publications and agendas.
  • Web Guide to U.S. Supreme Court Research  - housed on the Law Library Research Exchange (, this site was created by a law librarian at Penn State. Comprehensive, well-annotated links cover everything from opinions, case summaries, briefs, and oral arguments to justices, history, and case by issues such as criminal law, abortion, immigration, etc. Take the Supreme Court quizzes. Main site also has federal and state law links.
  • Contemporary Supreme Court Cases: Landmark Decisions Since Roe v. Wade - examines cases falling under four main categories: separation and distribution of powers; power to regulate or affect the economy; equality concepts; and individual rights and liberties. 7 digit College ID number needed for remote access.
  • Court Opinions on the Web - compiled by the National Law Journal, provides links for the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Courts, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, Specialized U.S. Courts, and State Courts.
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)  - rules created by federal executive departments and government agencies originally published in the Federal Register which are then reorganized by subject/agency.


  • Maryland Law Sources - includes links to the Maryland Code and Maryland Rules. 
  • Maryland Judiciary Website - general site for the Maryland court system. Provides access to court records for all Maryland civil, traffic, and criminal cases in the state except for Prince George's and Montgomery counties. Reported opinions for the Maryland Appellate Courts are available from 1995 to the present. Opinions may not be the final, official version which only appear in the bound volumes of the Maryland Reports and the Maryland Appellate Reports.  Search by keyword, docket number and term of court, citation, date of opinion, appellant's name, or judge.
  • Maryland State Law Library - Maryland legal links.
  • Maryland's Peoples Law Library - "legal and self-help information on Maryland and federal law affecting low and moderate income people".  Categories include, benefits, criminal, education, housing, consumer, domestic violence, family law, mediation,  youth law, and senior citizens.

Law for the Layperson

  •  - well-known publisher of self-help books and legal forms provides some definitions, guidance on legal research, and lots of good, free advice. Commercial site includes ads for their products. Select "search entire site" when searching.


  • Nations of the World - from the Library of Congress Law Library. Links to constitutions, branches of government, and legal information plus economic, labor, human rights, and background information on each country.
  • The Avalon Project at Yale Law School - digitized documents relating to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government. Full-text search engine which will highlight your keywords. Categorized by century (including the 21st) and collection topic (United Nations, African-American, etc.)
  • World Wide Web Tax - comprehensive U.S. tax directory.

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