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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 image.  We will slowly transition all guides to that site.


Using Biddle Law Library

Guides by Patron Type

Call Number Locator image

Finding and Using Microforms image

Frequently Requested Materials image

How to Locate Videos and DVDs at Biddle

Interlibrary Loan image

Locating Materials in Biddle Law Library image

What To Do When Items Are Not On the Shelf image

Journal Editor Resources image

Preemption Checking image

Resources for Research Assistants image

Resources for SJD Candidates image

Resources for CERL Interns image



 Legal Research Basics  Electronic Resources

Bankruptcy Research image

Corporations Research image

Federal Cases (PDF)

Federal Executive Sources (PDF)

Federal Government Documents image

E-books at Penn Law - ebrary image

Electronic Resources image

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

Bloomberg BNA Law Reports image

Federal Legislative History Research image

Federal Legislative Sources in PDF image

Federal Rules and Regulations image 

Federal Statutes (PDF)

Federal Tax Research Guide image

Free Legal Sites image

Pennsylvania Legal Materials and Legislative History image

State Legislative History Research image

Types of Federal Authority image

U.S. Legal Research for Beginners image

Foreign and International Law

Foreign and International Law Basics image

Comparative Law Sources for Selected Subjects image

Human Rights Law image

Rule of Law Research image

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

Intellectual Property

Art and Cultural Heritage Law Research image

Copyright Law Research image

Patent Law Research image

Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition, and the Right of Publicity image

Trademark Law Research image