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Criminal Justice - General Introduction: Legal Research

Click on the various links to access library resources plus reliable, relevant websites.


Entries within legal encyclopedias are organized by the area of law (not subject).

Legislative Histories

A legislative history is a compilation of the materials generated during the course of creating legislation, it is used for discovering legislative intent.

The Library Database, Legislative Insight (ProQuest) is a Federal legislative history service.

You can also use the information in the attached documents for locating resources used in compiling Federal or state of Georgia legislative histories.

Legislative Materials

(NOTE: Scroll over name of database for a description of content.)

Law Journals and Law Newspapers

Articles from law reviews and journals provide an authoritative source on the current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.

(NOTE: Scroll over name of database for a description of content.)


Courts and Cases

Information on the federal court system including statistics, information on courts and judges & history   . (Caution! Do not register for the PACER service - it requires payment. To locate federal cases - use Lexis-Nexis Academic.) 

The Courts of Georgia site offers an excellent overview of the GA court system, with a chart illustrating the system, rules, caseload data by county, etc. (To locate State cases, use Lexis-Nexis Academic)

See also - Legislation affecting the GA Judiciary

Lexis-Nexis Academic: For searching both Federal and State cases.

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