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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links    

Law Dictionaries

Law.com Dictionary     http://dictionary.law.com
Can be searched by the legal term, the definition, or through an A to Z index.  The parent site, Law.com (http://www.law.com), is owned by ALM, "anintegrated media company focused on the legal and business communities."

Nolo.com - Everybody's Legal Glossary     http://www.nolo.com/glossary.cfm
Nolo Press, a publisher of do-it-yourself legal solutions, provides this glossary (specialized dictionary) of legal terms.  Searchable by term of A to Z index.

General Legal

FindLaw     http://www.findlaw.com/
A subject guide of Internet legal resources. Includes law schools, Cases and Codes, Legal Practice Materials, resources by state, legal associations, etc.  Notice the tabs at the top  of the page 'For Public' and 'For Legal Professionals.'

Guide to Law Online -- Law Library of Congress     http://www.loc.gov/law/guide/
The Web site is an annotated guide to Internet sites on government and law, including national and international law.  This site has an 'Ask a Librarian' button.

Villanova Legal Express     http://vls.law.villanova.edu/library/express/
Villanova University School of Law hosts Legal Express covering legal magazines and news ; law search portals ; subject guides ; general references ; law schools and libraries, etc.  The legal portal page has an extensive list of legal sites.

Federal

National Archives and Records Administration--Code of Federal Regulations     http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html
CFR can be searched by keyword or citation.

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions     http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html
Access is provided by FindLaw. Search by name, citation, or keywords.

USA.Gov Laws and Regulations = General Reference Resources     http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Reference_Shelf/Laws.shtml
USA.gov - Government made easy Website for Federal Laws and Regulations.  Top of page tabs 'Focus for Citizens', 'Businesses and Non-Profits', 'Government Employees' and 'Visitors to the U.S.'  Has Search field in upper right-hand corner for USA.gov.

California

Ballot Pamphlets On-Line     http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elections_i.htm
Includes the ballot pamphlet texts, summaries, and arguments for elections from 1996 to the present.  Also includes a link to the University of California Hastings College of Law database of California ballot measures from 1911 to the present.

California Courts : The Judicial Branch of California     http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/
The official Web site for the California Courts.  This Web site includes “slip” opinions, judicial council rules and forms, court calendars, job openings, etc.

California Law     http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html
Consists of 29 codes, covering various subject areas, the State Constitution (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/const.html) and
Statutes (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/statute.html).

Official California Legislative Information     http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/
Includes Bills, California Law, and Legislative Information.  California Law consists of 29 codes, covering various subject areas, The state Constitution and Statutes.

Welcome to the Online Sources for California Code of Regulations     http://government.westlaw.com/linkedslice/default.asp?SP=CCR-1000
Official web site for the California Code of Regulations

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County Law Library     http://lalaw.lib.ca.us/
Provides access to the online catalog for the L.A. Law Library and literally hundreds of links to other Web sites that are law related such as California Legislative history, legal forms, guides for various legal topics, etc.

Legal Advice and Aid

Free Advice     http://www.freeadvice.com/
A resource for consumers seeking legal advice.  Voted by USA Today as "the most useful consumer legal site".  Provides general legal information in 100 legal topics.  Also includes a section for legal forms.

LawHelpCalifornia.org     http://www.lawhelpca.org/ca/index.cfm
This site sponsored by the CalJustice Advisory Committee and tries to provide "low-income Californians with access to basic legal resources and attorney information."  It has topic headings such as Housing, Immigration, Seniors, Native American Issues, Disability, Consumer and Small Claims, Disability, etc.  Click on a topic, put in a zip code, and agencies are listed to help with these various subject.

Your Public Law Library     http://www.publiclawlibrary.org/
This site organizes California legal resources for "persons who choose to represent themselves in court without the help of an attorney."  It is available in several languages and has links to self-help centers, law libraries, and an introduction to legal research.

Finding Attorneys

FindLaw     http://lawyers.findlaw.com/
The search for an attorney is through the West Legal Directory.  An attorney can be found by zip code or by type of practice.

The State Bar of California     http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/member.aspx
This site can look up a California attorney and list the education and if any disciplinary actions have been taken against the attorney.

Books    
The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books
Non-circulating:

Legal research : how to find and understand the law.
Call number: Ref KF240.L417 2003

The United States government Internet manual
Call number: Ref JK421.A3x 2007

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Electronic government information

Law--California

Legal research

Researched and evaluated by:
A. Enright, Librarian 8/1998
last update: M. Carrillo, Librarian 5/2008

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