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Law: Library Resources & Course Guides

This guide is designed to help you find materials available from the Houston Cole Library for research in law.

Library Subscribed Databases for Law (ID Required)

As there is no law school at JSU, the library law collection is mainly for curriculum support. Resources for business law, communication law, criminal law, correction law, education law, emergency management, health care law, tax law and other essential resources are priorities. The following list provides LAW related and interdisciplinary databases (ID may require for access). For more databases from the Library, please click here.

Video Databases

Law Collections at JSU Library

Circulating/Reference Collection Books available for borrowing by students and faculty members. They are shelved on the stacks on 10th Floor of the Library under Call Number K:

K   General. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence KG Latin America. Central America. West Indies
KD United Kingdom and Ireland KH  South America
KDZ America. North America KJ-KK Europe
KE Canada KL-KW Asia. Africa. Pacific Area. Antarctica
KF   United States KZ

Law of nations

Click here for new books that the Library recently purchased. To view a list of technology reference books, please click here. JSU library also provides access to electronic books. ID may require for off-campus accessing these E-books. InterLibrary Loan Service is available as well.

Microforms Microforms (mainly microfiches and microfilms) are located on 10th floor. They are in-library use only. Microforms can be viewed and printed out by using the microform reader machines (located on 2nd floor).

Government Documents Most government documents for law are located on 10th floor under call number K. They are integrated into the regular agricultural collection. Some pamphlets can be found in the Vertical File cabinets on 2nd floor under SuDoc Classification System. For more information on government documents, please click here.

Periodical = Serial = a publication that comes out regularly (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.) that uses a numbering system that is intended to continue indefinitely. Magazines, journals and newspapers are all referred to as periodicals or serials. JSU students and faculty can connect to EBSCOhost Searching: Library Publications for a list of online periodicals.

Scholarly Journals are academic periodicals that publish on a regular schedule (monthly, quarterly, etc.). They offer original scholarship and reviews written by expert scholars. Most include long articles with footnotes and/or bibliographies.  

General magazines have essays, editorials, and news written by journalists for non-experts with photos, cartoons, sidebars, usually sources are not cited. They are good for basic information, news, opinions about public policies, etc.

Databases are collections of articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers. Use databases to search hundreds of different publications to find articles on your topic. A list of library databases can be accessed here.

Open Educational Resources (OER, No Log in required)

  • GPO's beta website: provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government and allows you to search for the document and to browse.
  • Oyez: offers transcript-synchronized and searchable audio, plain-English case summaries, illustrated decision information, and full-text Supreme Court opinions (through Justia).
  • FindLaw for Legal Professionals: resources pertaining to constitutions, statutes, cases and more. Databases and resources: Law library of the Library of Congress, provides legal and legislative information for the U.S. and around the globe.
  • provides free access to primary legal resources including case law, codes and regulations, court opinions/orders.
  • Legal Information Institute (LII): electronic versions including Constitution, U.S. Code, Supreme Court decisions, and Code of Federal Regulations.
  • HG Global Legal Resources: legal and bar associations, directories, news sources, law libraries, legal forms, law schools, law job sources, etc. 
  • The Avalon Project: documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government from Yale University.
  • American Society of International Law: organizes and provides links to, and useful information on, web resources from the full spectrum of international law.
  • United States Courts: Materials range from general information on the federal judiciary, rule and polocies, and federal judges to statistics, forms and fees, and access to federal court records. It also features up-to-date news, videos, and articles on issues and stories relating to the federal courts.
  • U.S. Copyright Office: copyright records back to 1978 and basic information about copyright law.
  • The site helps ordinary citizens find and track bills in the U.S. Congress and understand their representatives’ legislative record.
  • Searchable directory for lawyers, law firms, companies, law school, and jobs.
  • BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute): British and Irish case law & legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material.
  • National Constitution Center: disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.
  • Employment Law Information Network: Federal Articles, State Articles, Caselaw, HR Guidebook, and HR Policy section.
  • American Indian Constitutions and Legal Materials: Primary source law documents from the Law Library of Congress and from nearly 340 tribes in Indian country.
  • Street Law, Inc.: The resource library compiles hundreds of teaching activities and methods, case summaries, mock trials, and articles—many of which are free—and organized them by topic, audience, and type.
  • Free Full-Text Online Law/Review/Journal Search: indexes over 400 law school journals hosted by other sites, made jointly searchable via Google's custom search engine.
  • Interactive Entertainment Law Review: a peer-reviewed hub for legal analysis of interactive entertainment, video games, virtual/augmented/mixed realities, social media, and all related and emergent forms of digital interactive entertainment. The Journal is published twice a year with articles focusing on the legal changes, challenges and controversies in this high profile and increasingly critical area of legal inquiry.

For more general open access resources, please see Open Educational Resources (OER) page.

Professor, Law/Technology Librarian

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Hanrong Wang
10th Floor
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Rd N
Jacksonville, AL 36265

Also Contact Me:

  • to discuss ways the Library collections can support your curriculum and research needs through the acquisition or provision of access to resources;
  • to answer questions about library research materials, tool, services, policies, or procedures;
  • to obtain reports on library collections and services for program reviews, accreditation reports, grant applicants, etc.;
  • to schedule research instruction or support sessions tailored specifically for your course topic or project;
  • to obtain additional or individualized research assistance for students and faculty.

Normal Working Hours

Fall, Spring, May & Summer Sessions :

Monday-Wednesday: 9:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.

Thursday: 3:30 P.M.-11:00 P.M.     Friday: 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Office Location: 10th Floor, Houston Cole Library

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Legal Self-Help Resources

Nolo Legal Topics: thousands of up-to-date articles on everyday legal topics.

Nolo's free Dictionary of Law Terms and Legal Definitions: Plain English definitions for legal terms. provides referrals to local legal aid, basic information about legal rights, court forms, self-help information, court information, and etc. 

Municode Library:  county, city, or village charters and ordinances.

Family Law in the 50 States: Summarize basic law in each state by topic, including custody, alimony and grounds for divorce from ABA.

ILRG Legal Forms Archive: 2,000+ free legal forms.