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Research Guides

Below are guides to assist you in every step of your research process. Please consult a relevant research guide to acquaint yourself with an area of law and the materials best suited for your topic.

Not seeing what you need or have further questions? Feel free to ask a reference librarian for assistance. 

Please note that some of these links will take you to Biddle’s LibGuides website, which is noted by the LibGuides icon .  We will slowly transition all guides to that site.


Using Biddle Law Library

Guides by Patron Type

Call Number Locator 

Finding and Using Microforms 

Frequently Requested Materials 

How to Locate Videos and DVDs at Biddle

Interlibrary Loan

Locating Materials in Biddle Law Library 

What To Do When Items Are Not On the Shelf 

Journal Editor Resources 

Preemption Checking 

Resources for Masters in Law Students 

Resources for Research Assistants 

Resources for SJD Candidates 

Resources for CERL Interns 

Resources for Job Seekers 

Transnational Law Clinic Resources .



 Legal Research Basics  Electronic Resources

Bankruptcy Research 

Corporations Research 

Federal Cases (PDF)

Federal Executive Sources (PDF)

Federal Government Documents 

Penn Law Ebooks - Proquest Central 

Tips and Tools for Off-Campus Access to E-Resources 

Bloomberg BNA Law Reports 

Federal Legislative History Research 

Federal Legislative Sources in PDF 

Federal Rules and Regulations  

Federal Statutes (PDF)

Federal Tax Research Guide 

Free Legal Sites 

Pennsylvania Legal Materials and Legislative History 

State Legislative History Research 

Types of Federal Authority 

U.S. Legal Research for Beginners 

Foreign and International Law

Foreign and International Law Basics 

Comparative Law Sources for Selected Subjects 

Global Women’s Leadership Project-UN Women’s Family Law Database 

Human Rights Law 

Rule of Law Research 

Treaties to which the U.S. is a Party (PDF)

Intellectual Property

Art and Cultural Heritage Law Research 

Copyright Law Research 

Patent Law Research 

Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition, and the Right of Publicity 

Trademark Law Research