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Legal Research Fundamentals

Library Catalogs

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Biddle's online catalog contains information on books, journals and other print and electronic materials related to law in the Biddle collection. LOLA records often contain table of contents information, accessible through a Keyword or Title search.  Biddle also offers lists of E-Resources, with databases and websites arranged alphabetically and by subject.

The online catalog of the University of Pennsylvania Library System contains information on books, journals and other materials held in the 13 other campus libraries. Please note that Franklin does not include materials held at Biddle, so these resources must be searched separately through LOLA.

Even more sources held by non-Penn libraries can be identified via OCLC WorldCat and borrowed through the interlibrary loan process.


Books Online

Useful Data and Statistics

Other Useful Reference Materials

Academic Databases

The databases below are frequently used by law students. For a complete list of useful e-resources available to you as a student that might be helpful go to:

News and Current Awareness

News items in major world newspapers and media outlets can often be located on their webpages, or with a well employed Google News search. However, there are a few very useful resources when doing comprehensive news searching: