Law Research Guide

To Find legal cases, regulations, topics in law, terminology, history, theory, practice, government documents and law publications. Need more information?  A librarian can help.

CoolCAT    FDU library catalog contains information on primary and secondary legal publications found in print, electronic books,dvds ,videos, and in other materials available at Giovatto through our FDU Libraries. Choose Library Catalog from the FDU Library webpage for access.

Giovatto Library books are on the shelves in call number order using the Library of Congress classification system. For browsing in the collection see the general areas in law below

J     Political Science

JX   International law

K     Law in general

KF   United States law

KZ   Law of nations


Paralegal collection.

Find selective U.S. federal, national, and State of New Jersey print legal sets for instructional use. Located on the second floor of Giovatto Library.


Law encyclopedias and reference resources are starting points to get an overview of your topic.  There are print and online general law resources. Choose Library Catalog from the FDU Library webpage for access.


Black’s law dictionary  Giovatto(FDU)Ready Reference  KF156 B53 2009

Gale encyclopedia of everyday law  Giovatto(FDU)Reference  KF387 G27 2013 v1-v2

West’s encyclopedia of American law  Giovatto(FDU)Reference  KF154 W47 2005 v1-v13 Merriam-Webster’s dictionary of law E-Book KF156 M472011eb


There are subject specific law publications

Sports law cases and materials.Ray Yasser.Giovatto(FDU)Stacks  KF3989.A7 Y37 2011

Public wrongs private actions civil lawsuits to recover stolen assets E-Book K2205 P835 2015eb

To find published articles in law journals, magazines or newspapers, look for your topic in printed, or in computer indexes found in our FDU Online Library databases. FDU Library maintains a collection of subscription databases providing access to secondary and primary legal sources, choose FDU Online Library from the FDU Library webpage for access to databases listed below.

Article computer indexes covering law


LexisNexis Academic



Additional FDU Online Library databases covering law

Academic Search Premier

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

New Jersey Law Journal

Areas of specialization

Shepard’s citations                                                   LexisNexisAcademic

Law careers                                                              Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Primary law                                                              WestlawNext  LexisNexisAcademic

U.S. government structure                                       U.S.Government Online

Legal forms                                                              Legal Information Reference Center


Legal news and current trends may be viewed in the following print titles through the Giovatto Periodicals department; The New York Times and The Record, among others. The New Jersey Law Journal is available in print at Florham library periodicals.

How to cite your sources Citation style guides are found by searching CoolCAT, FDU Library catalog. Ask your instructor which citation style you should use for your assignment. Choose Library Catalog from the FDU Library webpage for access.

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association  Giovatto (FDU) Ready Reference  BF76.7 P83 2010

The bluebook:a uniform system of citation. Ninth (9th) edition 2010 Giovatto (FDU) Reference KF245 B58

Searching non-FDU web resources through the open web

FDSys:Federal Digital System (GPO)

Comprehensive Federal Law website includes statutes, cases, regulatory sources and more.


Library of Congress Law Library

Congress established its law library in 1832; includes jurisdictions from all over the world.


United Nations Bibliographic Information System(UNBISNET)

Catalogue of United Nations(UN)documents and publications indexed by the UN Library.