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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.

Problems Type: Known Item Subject Institutional Statistical Special Techniques News Reference
 
Search Type
Used For
Example
Statistical Search Statistical You need statistical information from a government source. What's the percentage of children living below the poverty level in Los Angeles?

Subscription Databases

 

UMKC Law Library Subscription Databases Page

Statistical Universe (Lexis)--database of federal, state, and NGO statistical information.  Includes both tables and abstracting service

STAT USA--web format for US government statistical information.

 

Research on the Web

 

USA 

US Stat. Abstract http://www.census.gov/statab/www/

Fed Stats http://www.fedstats.gov/

U.S. Census http://www.census.gov/

U.S. Courts Statistical Reports http://www.uscourts.gov/library.html

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

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

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

UIUC Government Statistics http://www.library.uiuc.edu/doc/statistics.htm

UIUC Social Science Statistics  http://www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/webstats.htm

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)  http://www.icpsr.umich.edu

National Center for State Courts  http://www.ncsconline.org/D_Research/csp/CSP_Main_Page.html

University of Michigan Documents Center  http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/stats.html.  Premier site for locating government documents and statistics.

Foreign & International

CIA World Fact Book http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

U.S. Department of State Background Notes http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/

EuroStat http://europa.eu.int/comm/eurostat/

International & Foreign Statistical Agencies http://www.census.gov/main/www/stat_int.html

InfoNation (UN) http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/infonation/e_infonation.htm

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

World Bank Data & Statistics  http://www.worldbank.org/data/

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

 

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