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Last Updated: Oct 3, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide is intended to aid non-lawyers and self-represented litigants in finding and decoding legal information. Please click the tabs above to begin.


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If you want legal advice or representation, see our separate guide for finding an attorney.

Please note that the Drake Law Library cannot specify which laws apply to a situation, interpret the law, or give legal advice.

About the Drake Law Library

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    Need to talk to a librarian? This page lets you know when professional librarians are available, how you can contact them, and summarizes the services they provide.

Research Overviews

  • Basics of Legal Research
    (Cornell University's Legal Information Institute)
    This guide provides an overview of the types of resources available and tips for getting started with your research problem.
  • How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers
    (American Association of Law Libraries)
    This guide offers sequential steps and sources intended to help a person with a legal problem find information to resolve or prevent conflict.

Books about Legal Research

Books in our library that explain how to conduct legal research. If you don't find what you need in this list, consult the Books tab within this guide, or search our entire catalog or  Amazon for "legal research."


Books about the Legal System

Books in our library that explain the legal system and process.  If you don't find what you need in this list, consult the Books tab within this guide, or search our entire catalog or Amazon for "legal self-help."

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