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Bite-Sized Legal Research Tutorial: Law Library of Congress Online Research Guides

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The Law Library of Congress has created over 300 research guides to help users narrow their searches for resources on a wide variety of legal topics. The Law Library’s research guides are a useful source for beginning legal research, as they organize print and digital resources on specific research subjects in one place. The collection includes guides for conducting basic legal research, such as Legal Research: A Guide to Case Law and Federal Statutes: A Beginner’s Guide, and guides to researching legal subjects that patrons often have questions about, such as Family Law: A Beginner’s Guide and Landlord-Tenant Law: A Beginner’s Guide. There is also a collection of research guides dedicated to U.S. state and international research, the Guide to Law Online. The Guide to Law Online: The United States has guides for every U.S. state and territory, with links to resources for each branch of the state or territory’s government and to other legal guides for the jurisdiction. The Guide to Law Online: Nations of the World compiles legal resources for over 200 international jurisdictions.

To help researchers familiarize themselves with these resources, the Law Library has created a brief video on how to navigate the research guide 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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