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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.
Locating the Law
This handbook, intended for non-law librarians, introduces basic concepts of legal research. 6th ed. by the Southern California Association of Law Libraries
Books about Legal Research
These books 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 SuperSearch (the library catalog) or Amazon for "legal research."
Books about the Legal System
These books 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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