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Introduction to U.S. Legal Research

This guide collects research resources of particular use to new researchers of U.S. law.


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This guide includes resources, such as video tutorials and research guides, to help new legal researchers. 

Reference librarians are available to provide additional research help. Visit the Library's Reference Desk, Chat with a Librarian or email the Reference Desk, or schedule a research consultation with a librarian to meet on-on-one or in small groups.

Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg Law

WestlawLexis & Bloomberg Law also offer a number of online tutorials to guide users.

Citation & Abbreviation

Research Strategies

Secondary Sources


Case Law


Legislative History

Administrative Law

Additional Topics

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Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg Law Access

New students will receive an email from the Law Library during Orientation with registration information for legal research platforms WestlawLexis, and Bloomberg Law

Please register immediately for all three services and always use your Georgetown email as the contact email. First year J.D. students will need these before the first Legal Practice: Writing & Analysis class. The email from the Law Library will be sent to your Georgetown email address. If you do not see the email in your inbox or spam folder, please contact the Law Library's Reference Desk in-person, or by Chatting with a Librarianemailing the Reference Desk, or calling the Reference Desk (202.662.9140).

For more information about use policies for the platforms during the school year or over the summer, please see our Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg Law webpage.

Study Aids and Treatises

Check out our Legal Research Treatises.

Looking for more study aids or treatises? Try our Treatise Finders. The Library has also subscribed to West Academic Study Aids.

CALI Lessons

You might find CALI lessons (interactive legal instructional lessons) on legal research and legal writing helpful for review or additional guidance. New students will receive an email from the Library during Orientation with a registration code. Students who do not receive a code or need a new one should go to CALI Lessons for Students.

Writing Center Resources

The Writing Center offers many guides and handouts on research, writing, and citation.

Video Tutorials

Want more video tutorials? See our complete list of tutorials.

Research Guides

Want more research guides? See our complete list of research guides.

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