The purpose of this guide is to help users unfamiliar with legal research identify the key areas of legal research and locate materials in those areas.
This guide includes Federal materials, more specifically statutes, cases, and administrative law, as well S Some information on state law, specifically Florida, is also included in this guide.
Please note that this guide does not constitute legal advice.
What kind of information are you looking for?
the text of a court decision
court decisions on a topic
the text of a specific law (statute) or regulation
laws or regulations on a topic
Most people think of "the law" as laws that are passed by the legislature, but in reality the law is a complex interplay of three types of law. These types of law typically follow the structure of the jurisdiction's government. Therefore, in the United States the types of law are: