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Bite-Sized Legal Research Tutorial: Military Legal Resources

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This is a guest post by Jason Zarin, a senior legal reference librarian at the Law Library of Congress. He previously authored President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court.

The Law Library of Congress has numerous digitized collections available online. One of the Law Library’s unique and popular digital collections is Military Legal Resources. This collection includes material from the William Winthrop Memorial Library at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) is the legal arm of the United States Army, established on June 14, 1775, by General George Washington. Portions of the William Winthrop Memorial Library’s collection have been digitized and made available to the public online, including primary source materials and publications in the field of military law.

The collection is extensive and divided into three categories to best highlight the type of material available:

Please see our Index to the Collections for an overview of the material available within this collection.

The Law Library has created a five-minute video introduction to the military legal resources collection, which provides instruction and tips for working with and searching this extensive digitized collection. You can watch the video here:

We hope you find this video tutorial helpful. Please contact us through Ask A Librarian if you have questions about this resource, or other Law Library of Congress collections.

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