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1L Research Basics

Offers a general strategy for approaching any legal research question; links to online resources for each step in the process; and tips applicable whether you are working on assignments in your Legal Research & Writing or Written & Oral Advocacy classes, matters for a clinical course or externship placement, or client research in a summer associate position.

Administrative Law Sources

Free, official and other online sources, as well as Boalt Law Library print and online sources, for materials from federal and California executive agencies and administrative bodies.

American Indian Law

A guide to the law of the United States as it pertains to the American Indian. Includes print and microform resources held by the Law Library as well as online databases, texts, and web sites.

Armed Conflict and International Law: Boalt Research Guide

Designed to cover research on issues related to international humanitarian law, including law of war and law of armed conflict. Sections include locating international instruments, cases, national law, and more.

Briefs: Boalt Research Guide

Online and other sources for finding legal briefs from cases filed in state and federal courts. See U.S. Supreme Court tab for information regarding availability of recordings and transcripts of oral arguments.

Business Research

A guide to business information and an annotated list of the best electronic resources for the legal researcher available at Cal.

California Administrative Law (UC Hastings)

UC Hastings Law Library Research Guide provides direction on finding and updating current California regulations as well as finding superseded regulations and regulatory history.

California Legislative History Information (L.A. County Law Library)

California legislative history research

A guide to doing a California legislative history at the Boalt Law Library.

California Practice Materials: Guides & Treatises

California Propositions

How to find text, analyses, arguments, status, history, and case law relating to California ballot initiatives, referenda and recall elections, including information on attempted ballot measures that failed to qualify for the ballot.

Corporate Accountability: Boalt Research Guide

This guide covers researching corporate accountability, including locating international standards, relevant international organizations, and other resources.

Court Rules & Procedures

Sources for state and federal local court rules, rules of court, etc.

Docket Information and Court Filings

Tips for searching free and fee-based court-sponsored or subscription resources for viewing docket sheets and for downloading underlying, filed documents from federal and state cases.

Empirical Research

From Fordham University Law Library, this guide provides information on where to find statistics and datasets, by topic, both legal and non legal resources are included as are resources for statistical data analysis.

Employment Law Guide (U.S. Dept. of Labor)

The Guide describes the major statutes and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that affect businesses and workers and is designed mainly for those needing "hands-on" information to develop wage, benefit, safety and health, and nondiscrimination policies for businesses.

Encyclopedia of Private International Law

The entries cover a wide-range of topics within private international law from a comparative perspective. The set also includes national reports that describe the private international law regime of selected countries. A collection of legal instruments (codifications) are included, some with English translations, is included in the set.

Environmental Law Basic Resources

Basic resources for finding cases, regulations, statutes, and secondary sources.

European Union Law: Boalt Research Guide

This guide focuses on both print and electronic sources for researching EU law.

Fifty State Statutory Surveys

How to find compilations of state statutory law on specific topics.

Finding Freely Available Resources for Research

A starting point for students, faculty, alumni, and members of the public who want free remote access to online research materials. Many commercial databases and electronic journals provided by the libraries at UC Berkeley, including the Law Library, are limited to computers in the UC Berkeley campus network. This is due to our license agreements with the vendors of these electronic resources.

First Year Study Aids: Boalt Research Guide

Study aids, including Nutshells, Examples & Explanations, Understanding Series and Outlines are introductory texts that help you prepare for class and exams. They compliment your own reading, class preparation and outlining, explaining various topics of law in a straightforward, narrative manner.

Foreign and Comparative Law: Boalt Research Guide

Guidance on researching foreign (non-U.S.) law and comparative law. While specific countries are not covered, the guide does point out relevant research guides, English-language translations, and other useful resources.

The GATT and the WTO: Boalt Research Guide

How to locate documentation, dispute resolution materials, secondary sources, and other relevant electronic resources in researching both GATT and WTO.

Global Migration: Boalt Research Guide

Covers research on issues related to global migration, including human rights, refugees, public policy, etc. Sections include locating international instruments, UN documents, national legislation and country information, statistics and data, and more.

A Guide for Accessing California Legislative Information on the Internet

Guide written by the California Office of Legislative Counsel, a nonpartisan public agency that drafts legislative proposals, prepares legal opinions, and provides other confidential legal services to the Legislature and others. The Legislative Counsel also publishes California codes, senate and assembly bills on the internet.

Immigration Executive Orders

Provides information and links to resources on researching President Trump's executive orders, and immigration law generally.

International & Foreign Law Source Collecting: Boalt Research Guide

This quick guide is aimed at those who are collecting sources for an article on an international or foreign law topic. There is also some guidance on putting citations into Bluebook format.

International Business Transactions: A Boalt Research Guide

This IBT guide covers researching national laws related to international business transactions.  It covers specific topics: arbitration, commercial law, competition/antitrust, labor, securities regulation, and more.

International Commercial Arbitration: Boalt Research Guide

The guide includes information on locating treaties, awards, national laws, and other information.  Includes both print and electronic sources, including databases like KluwerArbitration.

International Human Rights Law: Boalt Research Guide

This guide to international human rights research covers strategy and sources, both print and electronic.

International Legal Research Tutorial (Duke Law School)

Designed to teach research strategies and methodology for researching print and electronic sources for treaties, agreements and the documentation of international organizations. Includes review questions to help solidify understanding of how these materials are organized and how to locate them.

International Organizations: Boalt Research Guide

Guide to researching international organizations, including the UN, EU, ILO and more.

International Trade Law: Boalt Research Guide

Guidance on locating information related to international trade law. It includes sections on the FTAA, NAFTA, GATT/WTO, and more.

Intro to International & Foreign Legal Research: Boalt Research Guide

This guide provides an introduction to researching international and foreign legal issues. It includes sources for definitions and abbreviations, research guides and other introductory sources, and references to materials for further research.

Introduction to Planning & Environmental Law & Land Use Controls

Basic land use and environmental law print and online resources, aimed at assisting students in two courses offered by the Department of City & Regional Planning at the College of Environmental Design: Introduction to Planning and Environmental Law (205) and Land Use Controls (252).

Issues in Legal Education

A selection of recent important studies, reports, scholarship, news, etc., relating to several facets of legal education. Topics include ABA and California Bar developments, audiences pursuing legal education, student identity groups and law journals, global partnerships, institutes and research centers, the economics of law school, and mentoring.

J.D. Writing Requirement and Seminar Papers: Boalt Research Guide

This guide provides step-by-step information and resources for choosing a topic, conducting research, organizational tools (zotero and refworks), and publishing as a student author, including information on Expresso. An essential starting place for seminar papers and the writing requirement.

Legal Advice and Referrals

Suggestions for self help services, finding a lawyer, and locating organizations that provide specialized legal help.

Legal Research and Writing: Introduction to Law Library Resources

LLM Survival Guide

Library resources and good starting points for basic legal research and writing skills, geared to LLM candidates at Berkeley Law.

Local Government Legal Resources

Suggested sources of information pertaining to municipal or county legal research, with a special emphasis on California local government.

Locating International & Foreign Law Journal Articles: Boalt Research Guide

This research guide provides information on locating journal literature on international and foreign legal topics using legal journal indexes, law-related journal indexes, and full-text sources.

Preemption Checking: Checklist

A guide for student authors to make sure the paper you’re writing hasn’t been written by someone else.

Refugee Law: Boalt Research Guide

This guide covers researching refugee law, including print and electronic sources. There is a section on U.S. immigration research, as well as a section on locating foreign law.

Refugee Law: Country Conditions/Country of Origin Research

Research guide focusing on country conditions and country of origin (COI) research. Includes government reports, IGO and NGO documents, news and more.

Researching Judges for Your Clerkship Interview

Resources and tips for finding out about biographical and career history, caseload and docket profiles, and jurisdictional facts about a specific judge.

Source Collection: Triage Guide

Covers the basics of reading, sorting through and tracking down a list of sources you are assigned to collect for a journal's cite-checking project. Step by step tips on understanding what kind of source you are looking for and how to find books, articles, and more.

State Legislative History Research Guides (Indiana University School of Law Library, Bloomington)

An index of state legislatures and online legislative history research guides for all fifty states hosted by University of Indiana's law school.

Student Computing Guide

A guide to computing at Berkeley Law. Covers laptops, the lab, printing, scanning, and other miscellaneous computer-related concerns.

Treaties and International Agreements: Boalt Research Guide

Covers researching U.S. treaties and agreements as well as non-U.S. and multilateral treaties and agreements. Both print and electronic resources are included.

U.N. Treaties: Boalt Research Guide

This guide provides detailed instructions for how to find treaties and associated treaty actions in the United Nations' Treaty Collection and other websites.

The United Nations: Boalt Research Guide

Both print and electronic sources for researching basic UN legal issues, documents and publications.

Web Searching with Advanced Commands

Genie Tyburski, Web Manager, The Virtual Chase, has prepared a succinct, informative guide to optimizing search results from general Web search engines such as Google, Ask, Yahoo!, and others.

Yearbook of International Organizations

This electronic version of the Yearbook, produced by the Union of International Associations, is a comprehensive resource providing detailed descriptions of over 66,000 international organizations including Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGOs) in 300 countries and territories. Biographical information is provided on principal officers, as well as information on each organization's main publications.  Approximately 1,200 new organizations are added each year.