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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. 

Using Biddle Law Library

Guides by Patron Type

Call Number Locator 

Finding and Using Microforms

Frequently Requested Materials

Interlibrary Loan 

Locating Materials in Biddle  

When Items Are Not On the Shelf 

Penn Law Ebooks - Proquest Central 

Accessing eResources  from Off-Campus 

New Student Guide 

Journal Editor Resources 

Practice Guidance

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 

U.S. Legal Research for Beginners 


Legal Research Topics

Foreign &International 

Bankruptcy Research 

Corporations Research 

Federal Cases (PDF)

Federal Executive Sources (PDF)

Federal Government Documents

Federal Legislative History Research 

Federal Legislative Sources (PDF)

Federal Rules and Regulations  

Federal Statutes (PDF)

Federal Tax Research Guide

Pennsylvania Legal Materials/Legislative History 

Researching a Seminar Paper or Law Review Article

State Legislative History Research

Types of Federal Authority

Intellectual Property Law

Art and Cultural Heritage Law Research 

Copyright Law Research 

Patent Law Research 

Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition, and the Right of Publicity 

Trademark Law Research 

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)