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Thinking About Legal Research Problems

By Paul D. Callister, JD, MSLIS

Library Director & Associate Professor of Law

Find out everything you can about the research problem.Determine whether primary, secondary or combined sources are most appropriate.For primary materials, determine the kind of law, jurisdiction and appropriate arrangement.Putting all of the factors together to find a relevant document.How to be thorough after you have found a relevant document.

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Special Techniques Search Special Techniques You are searching for materials which require special interpretive or inter-disciplinary skills. Budget, Census, Historical, International Law, Internet Law, Patents, Politics & Elections, Tax Forms, Technical Reports, Public Records. 

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UMKC Law Library Subscription Databases Page

BNA -- ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct  - Accounting Policy & Practice Report and Series - Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report - Bankruptcy Law Reporter - BioTech Watch - Criminal Law Reporter - Digital Discovery & e-Evidence - Electronic Commerce & Law Report - Employment Discrimination Report - Environment Reporter - Family Law Reporter - Health Law Reporter - Intellectual Property Law Resource Center - International Trade Reporter - Labor & Employment Law Resource Center -  Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal - Securities Regulation & Law Report - Tax and Accounting Center - Tax Management Portfolios Plus - Tax Management State Tax Library - Tax Management Tax Practice Library - Tax Management Weekly Report - Tax Management Weekly State Tax Report - U.S. Law Week - White Collar Crime Report

CELEX -- EU Database

CCH IntelliConnect -- Advertising & Marketing Law, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Banking (Banking Compliance, Federal, State), Bankruptcy, Benefits, Commodities & Derivatives, Computer & Internet Law, Construction Law, Consumer Financial Services, Corporate Governance, Corporations & Business Organizations Law, Energy & Natural Resources, Exchanges & SROs, Financial Services,  Franchising & Distribution, Government Contracts, Insurance Coverage Litigation, Intellectual Property, International, International Investment Management, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Payroll, Pension, Privacy Law, Products Liability & Safety, Secured Transactions, Securities (Federal, International, Securities Compliance, State), Tax & Accounting (Accounting and Auditing, Federal Taxes, Financial and Estate Planning, International, Specialized Tax, State Taxes, Wealth Planning/Management) Transportation Law, UK Financial Services

RIA Checkpoint -- Premiere tax online service

Social Science Research Network -- working papers of accounting, financial, economic, legal, information systems,  management, marketing, research networks, negotiations, and social insurance 

University of Missouri Digital Library -- includes 17th-19th Century Religious, Political and Legal Tracts and historical news sources

UM Databases (Alphabetical)

AARP Ageline -- 1978 - present, with selected coverage 1966-1977

African-American Newspapers: The Nineteenth Century, Part I --Nineteenth century newspapers published by and for African-Americans.

Business & Company Resource Center

Contemporary Women's Issues -- 1992 to present

Dissertation Abstracts -- 1861 to present

EconLit -- Abstracts from 1969 and some full-text.

EDGAR -- Securities filing database since 1994.

Hispanic American Periodicals -- 1970 - present.

NCJRS: National Criminal Justice Reference Service --1958 - present

PAIS International (CSA) -- 1972 - present. Political, social and public policy issues with an international scope.

Proceedings First -- Academic conference index (1990 to present)

Project Muse -- Full text 1993 - present -- literature, history, the visual and performing arts, education, political science, and gender studies.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database -- world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from 1980 to present for abstracts and since 1861 for just bibliographic information.  Some full text dissertations and Theses are availabe.

Sage Urban Studies Abstracts (FirstSearch) -- urban studies 1998 - present.

Sage Public Administration Abstracts (FirstSearch) -- Public administration (1998 - present)

Social Work Abstracts (SilverPlatter) --- Social work and human services (1975 - present)


Research on the Web

Business, Finance, and Industry

Bloomberg Online (registration required but free) http://www.bloomberg.com/welcome.html

CNET http://investor.news.com

CNNMoney http://money.cnn.com/

Company Research (Guide) http://iws.ohiolink.edu/companies/

Corporate Information (registration required but free) http://www.corporateinformation.com

Economic Census http://www.census.gov/econ/census02

EDGAR (SEC Securities Filings) http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/webusers.htm

Foreign Trade Statistics http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/

Fortune 500 Lists http://www.fortune.com/fortune/alllists

Hoovers (Companies & Industries) http://www.hoovers.com/free

IndustryLink http://www.industrylink.com/

Industry Research (Guide) http://iws.ohiolink.edu/companies/indexindustryresearch.htm

Map of the Market http://www.smartmoney.com/marketmap/

Motley Fool http://www.fool.com/index.htm

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html

NY Times Directory to Business http://www.nytimes.com/library/cyber/reference/busconn.html

SmartMoney http://www.smartmoney.com/

Statistical Resources (Business & Industry) http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/frames/stecinfr.html

Thomas Register (registration required but free) http://www.thomasregister.com/

Trade Information Center (Industry & Countries) http://www.trade.gov/td/tic/

Yahoo! Business Directory http://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Directories/Companies/


Moody's Basic Census Sources http://leep.lis.uiuc.edu/publish/mmoody/lis424/census.html

Census Bureau (also includes economic and trade data) http://www.census.gov/

Crime Statistics (see also statistics "problem type" page)

Bureau of Justice Statistics http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pubalp2.htm

Census Bureau--Criminal Justice Surveys  http://www.census.gov/govs/www/cj.html

Judicial Business of the United States http://www.uscourts.gov/about.html

National Criminal Justice Reference Center  http://www.ncjrs.org/

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data  http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/index.html

NACJD Related Sites http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/links.html

U.S. Criminal Justice Resource Page http://www.criminaljusticedegree.net/resources/the-us-criminal-justice-history-resource-page/

Cyberlaw and Intellectual Property

Professor Paul's Cyberlaw and Infosphere Web Links http://www1.law.umkc.edu/Faculty/callister/Guides/CyberlawLinks.htm


LexisOne Forms http://www.lexisone.com/legalresearch/legalguide/online_forms/forms_center_index.htm

Findlaw Forms http://forms.lp.findlaw.com/

Juris International (Forms) http://www.jurisint.org/pub/page00_en.htm

Federal Budget

Government Budget (GPO)  http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/

Moody's Basic Budget Sources   http://leep.lis.uiuc.edu/publish/mmoody/lis424/budget.html

U.S. Census Bureau--Federal, State & Local Governments http://www.census.gov/govs/www/index.html

Foreign & International Law (see also Institutional tab)

Foreign Law & Governments 

Laws of Other Nations (UIUC) http://library.law.uiuc.edu/sub/foreignr.htm

Web Resources for Foreign Law & Gov. (Emory)   http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law/foreign.html

D'Angelo L. Lib. (U. of Chicago)  http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law/foreign.html

Constitution Finder http://confinder.richmond.edu/

Nations of the World (L. Lib. of Cong.) http://www.loc.gov/law/guide/nations.html

Global L. Info. Network (L. Lib. of Cong.) http://lcweb2.loc.gov/law/GLINv1/

Guide to Foreign & Int'l L. Databases (NYU) http://www.law.nyu.edu/library/foreign_intl/

Foreign Gov. (NWU)   http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govpub/resource/internat/foreign.html

NATLEX National Labor Law http://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex_browse.home

International Law & Organizations

United Nations

UN Official Site http://www.un.org/english/

UN Treaty Collection http://untreaty.un.org/English/treaty.asp

UN Document Center http://www.un.org/documents/

United Nations Data Access System (UNdata) http://data.un.org/

International Law http://www.un.org/law/

Human Rights http://www.un.org/rights/index.html

International Court Justice (UN) http://www.icj-cij.org/

International Court Justice (Alternate Site) http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/library/International_Resources/default.htm

International Criminal Court http://www.un.org/law/icc/index.html

European Union 

EU Official Site http://europa.eu.int/index_en.htm

EuroLex Portal EU Law http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/index.html

EU in the US http://www.eurunion.org/

EU Research Guide (Berkeley) http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/gov_eu.html

Web Guide EU Info (Prof. Callister) http://leep.lis.uiuc.edu/seworkspace/callistr/424/ecweb/ECsite.htm

EU Courts J. & First Inst. http://europa.eu.int/cj/en/index.htm

European Commission Libraries Catalogue (ECLAS) http://europa.eu.int/eclas/

Other Regional & Global Organizations 

International Government Organizations Index (NWU) http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govpub/resource/internat/igo.html

Council of Europe http://www.coe.int/DefaultEN.asp

European Court of Justice http://www.echr.coe.int/

NAFTA Secretariat http://www.nafta-sec-alena.org/DefaultSite/index.html

NATO http://www.nato.int/

Permanent Court of Arbitration http://www.pca-cpa.org/

World Trade Organizations http://www.wto.org/

World Intellectual Property Organization http://www.wipo.int/index.html.en

International Labor Organization (Cornell) http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/library/International_Resources/default.htm

Treaties & Other Primary Sources

UN Treaty Collection http://untreaty.un.org/English/treaty.asp

UN Charter http://www.icj-cij.org/icjwww/ibasicdocuments/Basetext/iunchart.htm

Multilateral Treaties Project (Fletcher) http://fletcher.tufts.edu/multilaterals.html

Oceana Online Treaties Index (registration required but free) http://www.oceanalaw.com/gateway/main_Logon.asp?ID=23

UNIDROIT Conventions http://www.unidroit.org/english/conventions/c-main.htm

Environmental Treaties & Resource Indicators http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/entri/index.jsp

WIPO Treaties http://www.wipo.int/treaties/index.html

GATT http://www2.law.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/foliocgi.exe/GATT?

Diana Human Rights Project (Yale) http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/diana/index.html

International Court of Judicial Decisions http://www.icj-cij.org/icjwww/idecisions.htm

TRIBLEX ILO Administrative Tribunal Cases http://ilis.ilo.org/ilis/trib/ilintrtr.html

IOLEX Digest of International Labour Standards  http://www.ilo.org/ilolex/english

Moody's Basic Treaty Sources  http://leep.lis.uiuc.edu/publish/mmoody/lis424/treaty.html

General Sites, Libraries & Guides

European Commission Libraries Catalogue (ECLAS) http://europa.eu.int/eclas/

Foreign & International Legal Index (Washburn) http://www.washlaw.edu/forint/forintmain.html

Foreign & International Legal Index Research (U. of Co.) http://spot.colorado.edu/~thompsje/intlaw.htm

Foreign & International Legal Sources Ann. (Cornell) http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/library/International_Resources/foreign.htm

International Resources (FindLaw) http://www.findlaw.com/12international/

Foreign & International Legal Databases (NYU) http://www.law.nyu.edu/library/foreign_intl/

International Legal Guides (LLRX) http://www.llrx.com/international_law.html

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Catalog) http://www.mpil.de/eindex.cfm

Peace Palace Library (Catalog) http://www.ppl.nl/

Sources International & Foreign Law in English (Williams) http://library.law.uiuc.edu/sub/foreignr.htm

International & Foreign Law Resources (Callister) http://www1.law.umkc.edu/faculty/callister/intl/


Abraham Lincoln at the Library of Congress  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html

American Memory http://memory.loc.gov/

Avalon Project at Yale Law School:  Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy  http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm

A Century of Law Making for a New Nation  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lawhome.html

Digital Library Federation:  Public Access Collections http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/b/bib/bib-idx?c=dlfcoll

The Founder's Constitution http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/

Hypertext of American History http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/usa.htm

Linder's Famous Trials (UMKC)   http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTrials/ftrials.htm

National Archives and Record Administration http://search.nara.gov/

National Security Archive (Repository FOIA Documents) http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/

Statutes at Large (1789-1873) http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsl.html

Thomas Historical Documents http://lcweb2.loc.gov/const/mdbquery.html

Tobacco Control Archives http://www.library.ucsf.edu/tobacco/

Yahoo History of Law http://dir.yahoo.com/Government/Law/History/

Interdisciplinary and Other Disciplines

Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com

MOspace https://mospace.umsystem.edu

OpenThesis http://www.openthesis.org

Native American Law

Research American Indian Law http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/profiles/stancel/indian.htm

National Indian Law Library http://www.narf.org/nill/Nillindex.html

Native American Legal Resources http://www.law.ou.edu/indian

Indigenous Peoples Law (Google) http://directory.google.com/Top/Society/Law/Legal_Information/Indigenous_Peoples_Law

Natural Resources and Environmental Law

Natural Resources Web Links (U. of Denver) http://www.law.du.edu/naturalresources/weblinks

SEDAC Global Socioeconomic Data Applications Center (lots of environmental data and treaties) http://sedac.ciesin.org/index.html

Earth Trends http://earthtrends.wri.org

Politics and Elections

Center for Governmental Studies http://www.cgs.org/

Congress.org http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/

Democracy Network http://www.congress.org/congressorg/e4/?

Election Law @ Moritz (Ohio State Law Library) http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/

Government Guide http://mygov.governmentguide.com/mygov/index.html

U. Michigan Document Center--Political Science Resources   http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/psusp.html

Tax Law Resources

Tax Law Resources (Prof. Callister) http://www1.law.umkc.edu/faculty/callister/tax_resources.htm

Technical Reports

Moody's Basic Technical Report Sources http://leep.lis.uiuc.edu/publish/mmoody/lis424/trptso.html

Technical Reports (University at Buffalo) http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/sel/collections/technic.html

Government Research Center http://grc.ntis.gov/

NTIS Catalog http://www.ntis.gov/search/index.asp

Department of Transportation: Online Publications http://isddc.dot.gov/OLPWeb.ASP


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