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Legal Research for Non-Lawyers

The research guide Legal Research Resources for the Public outlines basic legal research principles and resources, and provides tips and resources for legal self-help.

In addition, Nolo Press is a publisher located in Berkeley, California, known for its top quality legal publications for non-lawyers.

  • Print:  
    • Do a keyword search in the Library Catalog for "nolo" to find out if there's a Nolo Press book on the topic you want to research in the Law Library.
  • Online: 
    • Nolo Legal Encyclopedia
      • Online legal encyclopedia of free legal articles and information.
      • Major topics include accidents and injuries; bankruptcy; business, LLCs and corporations; criminal law; divorce and family law; DUI/DWI and traffic tickets; employment law; immigration; nonprofits; patents, copyright and trademarks; personal finance and retirement; real estate and rental property; small claims court and lawsuits; taxes; and wills, trusts and estates.
      • Freely available on the web. 
    • Legal Information Resource Center
      • Full-text of over 225 publications and thousands of legal forms.
      • Available on the web through U-M subscription.


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