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The Tompkins County Public Library has a collection of legal manual to guide you through your particular legal situation.  These resources are intended to guide the general reader and are not intended to replace the advice of a professional.  Please note that this guide has additional tabs that link to local, state, and federal resources.

Want to browse the shelves?  Here is a general guide to looking on the shelf:

340    Law
341    International law
342    Constitutional & administrative law
343    Military, tax, trade, industrial law
344    Social, labor, welfare, & related law
345    Criminal law
346    Private law
347    Civil procedure & courts
348    Law (Statutes), regulations, cases
349    Law of specific jurisdictions & areas

Bankruptcy - 346.7307 
Child Support - 346.7301
Criminal Law - 345
Divorce - 346.7301
Employee Rights - 344.7301
Immigration - 342.7308 
Landlord and Tenant - 346.7304
Patents - 346.7304 
Traffic Violations - 345.73


Research Guides

Cornell's Legal Information Institute -
Cornell's LII is a "not-for-profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost. [They] carry out this vision by:
* Publishing law online, for free.
* Creating materials that help people understand law.
* Exploring new technologies that make it easier for people to find the law.

FindLaw -
Contains "legal resources on the Internet for legal professionals, businesses, students and individuals. These resources include Web search utilities, cases and codes, legal news, an online career center," and more.

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Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law - Elias, Stephen
Call Number: 349.73 Elias 2009
ISBN: 9781413310528

Washburn University Washlaw Web -
WashLaw Web provides users with links to law-related materials on the Internet. Links on WashLaw Web are maintained by staff members of the Washburn University School of Law Library.


Legal Dictionaries

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Black's Law Dictionary
Call Number: REF 340.03 Black
ISBN: 031476271X

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Dictionary of Selected Legal Terms - Jasper, Margaret C.
Call Number: 340.03 Jasper
ISBN: 9780195376579

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Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary
Call Number: 349.7303 Nolo's
ISBN: 9781413310375


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Legal Note

Librarians can not give legal advice to patrons. 

Unauthorized Practice of Law. The New York Code of Professional Responsibility prohibits the unauthorized practice of law. Only individuals licensed by the state to practice law can give legal advice. Clerks and other court staff who are attorneys are prohibited from practicing law while working for the court system (Rules of the Chief Judge § 50.6).

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