The library offers access to a wide variety of e-books and databases with legal information. Our e-book collection includes various practice guides, legal treatises, and self-help materials that can be borrowed and read in your Web browser or on an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Our legal databases provide access to downloadable legal forms, case law, law review articles, and other legal information. Use the links on this page to access our e-books and legal databases.
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Legal Research and Writing
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- By Deborah Cupples. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 1st edition.
"This guide is easy-to-read for all types of writers and includes notes for legal professionals. The authors consulted multiple grammar-related sources in their research, so readers would not have to." - from the publisher
- By John Ventura. Published by Wiley. 2011.
This book provides practical legal advice in simplified language, covering laws that affect the workplace and employment, personal finances, retirement and health care, families and housing, divorce, and privacy. This friendly guide discusses a wide range of everyday legal issues and answers to some of your legal questions.
- By Thomas Haggard; George Kiney. Published by Thomson West. 2007. 3rd edition.
"Haggard and Kuney's Legal Drafting in a Nutshell provides guidance on producing transactional documents, contracts, instruments, legislation, and regulations that solve existing problems and prevent future problems. It offers both a large-scale overview of the drafting process and a small-scale discussion of the mechanics of legal documents at the sentence, word, and punctuation level." - from the publisher
- By Stephen Elias. Published by Nolo Press. 2015. 17th ed.
Nolo’s Legal Research instructs readers in research methods with plain-English explanations and examples. Readers will learn how to read and understand statutes, regulations and cases, evaluate precedent, and practice their skills with a series of exercises and hypotheticals
- By Kent Olson. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 11th Edition.
"Finding and using legal resources effectively is an essential skill for lawyers. This comprehensive but succinct guide covers major Internet resources as well as online databases and library materials, with almost a hundred illustrations of print and online sources. Several hundred websites are discussed and placed in context for effective and productive use in research. Discussion includes coverage of legislative history, administrative law, specialized and interdisciplinary resources, and research in international and comparative law. Appendices list state research guides and treatises and services by subject." - from the publisher
- By Larry L. Teply. Published by Thomson West. 2008.
"This book is designed to ease the process of learning legal citation, one of the difficult tasks that students new to the law face. It initially focuses on conventions that underlie all accepted forms and systems of legal citation. Building on that understanding and an explanation of the process of using citations in legal writing, the book then discusses and illustrates the particular rules of The Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual for citing cases, statutes, and all other major legal sources. Appendixes provide useful comparative information for these two systems of citation." - from the publisher
- By Lynn Bahrych. Published by Thomson West. 2009. 4th edition.
"This product provides the keys to organizing legal memoranda and briefs, crafting clear and concise sentences, using legal language accurately, using grammar and punctuation properly, and writing persuasively using classical rhetorical techniques. It describes a method for analyzing an individual writing style and improving it and includes a sample analysis. It includes new material on using plain English and new samples of legal memoranda and briefs to illustrate effective writing techniques." - from the publisher
- By Shae Irving. Published by Nolo Press. 2010. 8th edition.
A desk reference on everyday legal questions designed for the layman, this volume covers family law, real estate, neighbors, landlord tenant issues, money, cars and driving, wills, criminal law and mediation. Chapters on topics helpful to the small business person are also included. An appendix contains a guide to legal research, including the best legal websites, an explanation of legal citations, how to find legal forms, and good resources for further research.
- By Elizabeth Mullin. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2013. 2nd edition.
"The Art of Commenting takes the reader through a logical, step-by-step approach to reviewing environmental documents and preparing comments. You’ll learn how to prepare for a review, including details on obtaining the right background materials to develop your perspective and increase your expertise. You’ll also learn how to organize and write your comments, including specific examples of what to say, and more importantly, what not to say. Although the book highlights federal environmental law, the same process applies to state and local matters, foreign laws, and even non-environmental matters." - from Amazon.com
- By Ward Farnsworth. Published by University of Chicago Press. 2008.
"There are two kinds of knowledge law school teaches: legal rules on the one hand, and tools for thinking about legal problems on the other. Although the tools are far more interesting and useful than the rules, they tend to be neglected in favor of other aspects of the curriculum. In The Legal Analyst, Ward Farnsworth brings together in one place all of the most powerful of those tools for thinking about law.
From classic ideas in game theory such as the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” and the “Stag Hunt” to psychological principles such as hindsight bias and framing effects, from ideas in jurisprudence such as the slippery slope to more than two dozen other such principles, Farnsworth’s guide leads readers through the fascinating world of legal thought. Each chapter introduces a single tool and shows how it can be used to solve different types of problems. The explanations are written in clear, lively language and illustrated with a wide range of examples." - from the publisher