New LawGuide for Faculty Research Assistants

The Law Library’s LawGuides now features a Guide to the Law Library for Faculty Research Assistants. This guide outlines library policies and services available to RAs and suggests a number of helpful online resources for starting your faculty research. Also included are tips on working with faculty and their reference librarian liaisons to ensure a successful research experience.

The RA guide is only one of many research guides, or LawGuides, that the Law Library has created to assist student research and use of the library. Most of the Lawguides are subject-specific and point students towards helpful materials available in print or online via the Law Library. We also feature guides on library policies, how to use the catalog, and even on using Microsoft Word! Visit our LawGuides homepage to get started.

El Codigo Civil Federal de Mexico

A wonderful bilingual edition of the Mexican Civil Code, published in 2009, was recently added to the law library’s collection. The Mexican Civil Code covers multiple areas of law, including family law, property law, the law of successions, the law of obligations, and contract law.

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Researching Comparative Constitutional Law: HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated Library

HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated Library features comparative constitutional materials from around the world. This library compiles these materials in a way that is easy to browse, highly searchable, and extensively cross-referenced.

This library includes actual constitutional texts. It also contains historical and current secondary sources that discuss the constitutional development for every country in its collection.

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The National Hockey League Labor Dispute: “Game On?!”

Ever since the Los Angeles Kings won professional ice hockey’s biggest prize last spring, the Stanley Cup, hockey fans have been impatiently asking, “Will there be hockey in October?” This is because the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) and the NHL team owners is set to expire on September 15, 2012.

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New Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report on Researching Federal Legislation & Regulations

Even congressional staff members need help with legal research! The Congressional Research Service (CRS), an agency that provides legal and policy analysis to members of Congress, has just published an excellent research guide: “Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff” (Aug. 30, 2012). This 17-page guide highlights useful (and mostly free) governmental and non-governmental resources for researching current federal legislation and regulations. Each listed resource is accompanied by a brief description and a direct hyperlink. Of particular note is a useful compilation of print and online media sources providing updated information on federal legislation and regulations.


Comparative Law Research with Martindale-Hubbell Law Digests

When starting a comparative law research project, one helpful research tool is the Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest, which is available to Pepperdine law students through the LexisNexis legal database. This resource provides short, basic explanations of laws and legal principles from many jurisdictions around the world.

The digest is organized by geographical region, as follows:

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Middle East/Africa
  • North America
  • South America

An “International” digest of laws from over 80 countries is also available.

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