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Legal Research Strategies

The following is one suggested approach to doing legal research. Eventually, you may develop your own strategy as you become more competent at conducting legal research and more knowledgeable about the law.

Location of Research Tools

Publication Location

Am Jur (American Jurisprudence) 2nd Floor Reading Room; Westlaw, Lexis Advance

ALR 2nd Floor Reading Room

ALR Federal 2nd Floor Reading Room

CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 2nd Floor Reading Room

CJS (Corpus Juris Secundum) Current Online Only (Westlaw).

Current Index To Legal Periodicals Electronic Resource

Federal Register 2nd Floor Reading Room

Index To Legal Periodicals 3rd Floor Reference Collection

Index To Legal Periodicals (Wilson's) Electronic Resource

CFR List of Statutes Affected 2nd Floor Reading Room

Reporters for Maine 3rd Floor Reference Room, 3rd Floor Circ. Desk Special Reserve; 2nd Reading Room

Shepard’s Citators for Maine Statutes and Cases 3rd Floor Reference Room, 2nd Floor Reading Room

Shepard’s Citators (US Statutes) Electronic Resource Shepard’s (Lexis) (type shep: in the search box, followed by the citation number)

Maine Statutes 3rd Floor Reference Room, 2nd Floor Stacks, 3rd Floor Special Reserve

US Code, USCA, USCS 2nd Floor Reading Room, Superseded & Historical volumes 3rd Floor

US Government Manual 3rd Floor Reference Collection (JK 421 A3)

West’s Maine Digest 3rd Floor Reference Room, 2nd Floor Stacks

West’s Regional Digest 2nd Floor State Room

Note: Library only has the Atlantic Digest (of West’s Regional Reporters) 2nd Floor Reading Room

Hornbooks 2nd Floor Law Stacks; Selected Titles - 3rd Floor Special Reserve

Restatements 2nd Floor Law Stacks

Treatises 2nd Floor Law Stacks, Selected Titles - 3rd Floor Special Reserve

State Specific Treaties 2nd Floor Stacks

Law Reviews & Journals Print - some located 3rd Floor Periodical Room (alphabetical by title).  Also available online through HeinOnline, LexisNexis and Westlaw