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Library resources for legal research, briefing and case preparation
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Welcome to the library's research guide for Legal Research. We hope this guide will help you discover and use the wealth of information resources provided by the library. Librarians can assist you further, also. We wish you well in your studies and hope to hear from you!

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If you can’t access a library resource, please contact us. Call 281-283-3910, or see Ask a Librarian.

Basic Search Tips for Most Catalogs and Databases

Find more (broaden your results) with OR and wildcards:
laws or statutes
law* or statute*

Find less (narrow your results) with AND:
statutes and Texas

Find less with NOT:
laws not bills

Find less by selecting limiters (peer-reviewed, date, etc.).

Online help resources:


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How to Use This Guide

Find general tips and resources on the "Home" page. Select a different page tab for more detailed assistance and resources for specific information formats or needs.

Consult the following Neumann Library Research Guide for additional information and resources:

Key Resources for Legal Research

  • WestlawNext
    Provides access to federal and state case law, the United States Code Annotated (USCA), the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the Federal Register (July, 1980-present), state statutes and administrative codes, American Jurisprudence 2d (law encyclopedia), American Law Reports (ALR), and more than 900 law journals and reviews. It also contains full-text articles from several major newspapers.
  • LexisNexis Academic (multidisciplinary)  Icon
    Is a subset of the most popular files in the Lexis-Nexis databases collection. It provides a wide range of (mostly) fulltext news, business, legal and government sources. Also included are reference directories, medical and health resources, and biographical information.

General Resources

Find articles, books and more with OneSearch

Sample search:
"critical thinking" AND ("higher education" OR college*)
Select limiters (articles from scholarly publications, etc.) on results screen.

  • Library Catalog  
    Find books, ebooks, videos, sound recordings, government publications, and more. If you need articles on a topic, start instead with Databases A-Z or a relevant subject guide.
  • Journals List UHCL  Icon
    Check if the library has a particular journal, magazine, or newspaper online, or browse by subject category. Follow Library Catalog links, if provided, for information on available paper or microfilm copies in the library.
  • Databases A-Z
    A complete list of the library's subscription research databases and selected free web databases. If off-campus, you'll be prompted to authenticate with your name and library barcode number.
  • Research Guides by Subject
    Find recommended databases, books, media, websites, and more, organized by subject (Accounting, Anthropology, Art, etc.) and created by UHCL librarians.


Thanks to Rosemarie Romano, Public Services Librarian at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York, for her help on this guide.

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