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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 to help new legal researchers. 

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

For general information about the library, check out our Guide for New Students.

Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg Law

New students will receive an email from the Library during Orientation with registration information for legal research platforms Westlaw EdgeLexis Advance, and Bloomberg LawFirst year J.D. students will need these before the first Legal Practice: Writing & Analysis class. The email from the 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 Library's Reference Desk either in-person or via chat or email

Video Tutorials

View our video tutorials for tips on using legal research tools. Want more? See our complete list of tutorials.

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

Research Guides

Consult our research guides for tips on using legal research tools. Want more? See our complete list of guides for research.

CALI Lessons

You might find CALI lessons (interactive legal instructional lessons) helpful for review or additional guidance. Lessons are available at, including CALI lessons covering legal research and writing. Get a registration code by picking up a CALI card from the display in the Reading Room, or by asking at the Reference Desk either in-person or via chat or email.

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(202) 662-9140

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Need Help with the Bluebook?

Our Guide to the Bluebook explains the purpose and structure of the Bluebook, and has tips on citing commonly-used sources. We also have video tutorials available that explain the basics of Bluebooking.

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