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Index to Legal Periodicals & Books Full Text (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost) Connect to User Guide
Provides complete coverage of the most important English language legal information, with international coverage of scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews and more. Full text is available for over 400 periodicals, many of them peer-reviewed, as far back as 1994

LexisNexis: Academic Connect to User Guide
Provides access to full-text legal, business, and news publications. Includes law review articles and more than 300 legal newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. Provides access to the Shepard's Citations service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789, and federal regulations from The Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations, European Union law from the CELEX database, and international case law from a number of other countries. Includes detailed financials, competitive information and SWOT analysis of more than 80 million public, private, and international companies. Includes Securities Exchange Commission filings and reports. Includes national and regional newspapers, wire services, transcripts of television and radio broadcasts, international news, and non-English language sources.

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A comprehensive database of U.S. and international criminal justice journals. Provides research support for students interested in careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security. Includes abstract and indexing for 250 titles, with more than 100 available in full-text. Formerly known as CJPI/Criminal Justice Periodicals Index.

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A growing collection of over 3,500 electronic books in a range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download it for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free) on your computer or the Bluefire Reader app (free) on your mobile device. Login is required both on and off campus. For more information, click the User Guide button above.

ebrary eBooks PASCAL icon Connect to User Guide
A growing collection of over 140,000 electronic books in a wide range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download up to 10 entire books for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free) or the Bluefire Reader app (free) on your mobile device. Individual chapters can also be downloaded in PDF format. Login to your personal account to take advantage of additional functionalities including setting a default citation format, highlighting and note taking within the text, adding hyperlinks to the text, saving books to a personal bookshelf, downloading content for offline use, and access to Apple and Android mobile apps. Off-campus users are automatically logged in to their personal accounts. On-campus users will be prompted to login when they need to use one of the additional functions or when they click the Sign In link. For more information, click the User Guide button above.

EBSCO eBook Collection PASCAL icon Connect to User Guide
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Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
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HathiTrust     FREE Connect to User Guide
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JSTOR Connect to User Guide
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ProQuest Digital Microfilm: New York Times
Provides a full text facsimile edition of the New York Times from 2008 to three months ago for an online experience that resembles paging through the newspaper in print. Users may crop, zoom, or rotate page images and then print, email, or save in PDF format. The CSU Library several other sources for accessing the full text of the New York Times. See this list.

Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost) Connect to User Guide
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WorldCat Connect to User Guide
A shared catalog that provides information about books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, etc. from thousands of libraries around the world and indicates which libraries hold the items.

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Print Sources


Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS) (REF. KF65 .M3 V. 1-101)

South Carolina Jurisprudence : A Complete Narrative, and Encyclopedic Statement of South Carolina Law (REF. KFS1865 .S68 1991 V.1-32 +Index)

Case Law

American Law Reports, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Fed (ALR) (Ref. KF132.6/.A45*) (Vols. in Storage)

Landmark Supreme Court Cases (Ref. KF4549/.L37/1991)

South Carolina Reports (Ref. KFS1845/. S64)

United States Reports : Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court (Ref. KF101 .U5 V. 1-349 on Microfiche ; Ref. KF101 .U5 V. 350-533)

United States Supreme Court Decisions: An Index to Their Locations (1976) (Ref. KF101.6/.A5)

United States Supreme Court Decisions: An Index to Excerpts, Reprints, and Discussions (Ref. KF101.6/.G83/1983)

U.S. Supreme Court Education Cases (Ref. KF4110.3 .U15 1998-- )

Statutes and Codes

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (Reference Office)

Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, Annotated (Ref. KFS1830 1976 .A2 INDEX 2003, V. 1- V. 27, SUPPL. 2002)

United States Code (Ref. KF62 2000 .A2 2001 V. 1-35)

United States Statutes at Large (Ref. KF50 .U545)


Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations : A Reference Guide for Attorneys, Legal Secretaries, Paralegals, and Law Students (Ref. KF246 .B46 2001)

Black's Law Dictionary (Ref. KF156/.B53/1999)

Federal Civil Judicial Procedure and Rules (Ref. KF8816/.A193/1999)

Guide to South Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure (Ref. KFS2361/.W38/1994)

The Lawyer's Guide to Internet Research (Ref. KF242.A1 L353 2000)

National Survey of State Laws (Ref. KF386/.N38/yr)

The Roxbury Dictionary of Criminal Justice : Key Terms and Major Court Cases (Ref. HV7411/.C48/1997)

South Carolina Rules of Court (Ref. KFS2329/.A197/year)

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Internet Resources


American Law Sources On-line (ALSO!)
For the United States, Canada, and Mexico


Internet Legal Resource Guide

National Federation of Paralegal Associations Legal Resources

Native American Legal Resources

The Virtual Chase: Legal Research on the Internet

Yahoo! Law

Federal Government

Code of Federal Regulations


Supreme Court of the United States (official site)

Legislative information on the Internet courtesy of the Library of Congress

State Government

mySCgov.com Government

Opinions of the Supreme Court of South Carolina

South Carolina Legislature Online
Convenient access point for the South Carolina Code of Laws, Code of Regulations, S.C. Constitution, and archives of legislation since 1975.

South Carolina Reference Desk (courtesy of the University of South Carolina Law School)
Includes links to The South Carolina Constitution, as well as to the courts and bar

State Constitutions (University of South Carolina Law Center)
Provides access to fundamental laws of the states.

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Journals and Magazines

The following journals are available in the CSU library:

American Business Law Journal

The American Journal of International Law

The Business Lawyer

Employee Relations Law Journal

The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology

The Journal of Law & Economics

South Carolina Law Review

Find a list of e-journals in law available at CSU

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