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  • California Law Research: Locating the Law | Oviatt Library
    Constitution Locating the Law Legislative Law Judicial Law Administrative Law Other Sources Law librarians at the Southern California Association of Law Libraries SCALL have created an online and concise guide to legal research that includes california Federal and International legal materials All of the documents are in PDF format Please note free Adobe Reader is Required Out of the 12 chapters from Locating the Law 5th edition 2009 the following have been selected for quick reference If you perfer to view the book in its entirety you may access the material by visiting the SCALL website at http www aallnet org chapter scall locating htm Chapter 2 How to read a legal citation This chapter will describe citations to cases statutes or codes and law reviews and treatises A short discussion of legal citation manuals and a list of common abbreviations are also included in this chapter Chapter 3 Basic legal research techniques This chapter is intended to serve as a guide for public librarians assisting users who have legal reference questions Chapter 5 California Law The State of California had done a great job of making its primary sources of law widely available via the Internet In addition legal publishers publish a multitude of secondary sources in print and in online databases This abundance of information has made researching California law easy for some and overwhelming for others For those without a legal background it is always advisable to start with a secondary source Chapter 7 Federal Law This chapter provides brief descriptions of the legislative process and the federal judiciary and focuses on the primary sources of federal law i e cases statutes and regulations Included are references to both print and Internet sources Del Williams Acquisitions Librarian Contact Information delphia williams csun edu Related Guides Subject Guides

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  • California Law Research: Legislative Law | Oviatt Library
    leginfo ca gov calaw html You can browse the table of contents of the codes and or search multiple codes by keyword The State of California does not publish an official code Lawyers in California do rely on commercially published sets of annotated codes A few of the commercially published sets are Deering s California Codes Annotated by Matthew Bender Company Inc Advance Legislative Service to Deering s Califonria Codes Annotated West s Annotated California Codes West s California Legislative Service Within each title volume s of Deering s California Codes Annotated a statement of the law is provided as are a legislative history cross references to other pertinent code sections and collateral references to legal encyclopedias and dictionaries which are also published by Lexis e g Cal Jur III As new laws are passed it is important to check the pocket parts and supplements to the codes to remain up to date Session Laws Earlier Laws Statutes of California and Amendments to the Codes Floor 2 Ref KFC 30 A1 http suncat csun edu record b1442573 Bills passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor become effective January 1 of the following year and become statutes Statutes are assigned a chapter number and published in chronological order by session of the legislature in Statutes of California and Amendments to the Codes If one knows the bill number the cross reference tables can be checked and the appropriate chapter number determined Check the Statutory Record listing to locate the year chapter and effective date for a particular section of the code A subject index is also included in the last volume for each session s statutes Internet access The Official Publications Archives at the California State Assembly Office of the Chief Clerk website includes older statutes from 1850 to recent years http www assembly ca gov clerk billslegislature BILLSLEGISLATURE HTM Current Laws Advance Legislative Service to Deering s California Codes Annotated Floor 2 Ref KFC 25 A33D4 http suncat csun edu record b1369692 All laws enacted at the Regular and Extraordinary legislative sessions are included If the chapter number is known look it up to read a copy of the statute as enacted If you have a subject but not the chapter number check the cumulative subject index for a particular session Another useful feature of this service is that it provides a brief summary of the law and further explanatory notes Internet Access Advance Legislative Service to Deering s California Codes Annotated since 1993 are available at the Official California Legislative Information web site http www leginfo ca gov statute html from LexisNexis Academic avalible from the Oviatt Library http suncat csun edu record b1923454 You can search by chapter number browse all statutes for a particular year or search by keywords Bills Bills Resolutions Constitutional Amendments d their status history votes analyses and veto messages can be accessed since 1993 from the Bill Information page at the Official California Legislative Information web site http www leginfo ca

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  • California Law Research: Judicial Law | Oviatt Library
    will find a summary of the law with citations to Deering s California Codes and relevant California cases See Case Approach section below to find out how to interpret the citation and find the case Digest West s California Digest 2nd Floor 2 Ref KFC 57 W42 not currently received http suncat csun edu record b1394258 A comprehensive topical index to cases organized by legal topics which includes multi volume subject indexes vols 45 47 and a table of cases by name Citations lead to the appropriate case reporter series which is where you can read the judge s opinion of the case See the citation example under Case Approach below Example You need citations to cases dealing with the circumstances by which police officers may be suspended or dismissed In the Descriptive Word Index vols 45 47 under POLICE you find POLICE SUSPENSION Mun Corp 185 Mun Corp Municipal Corporations volume of West s California Digest 2nd and 185 is the section number of that volume By checking section 185 of the Municipal Corporations volume you will find case names summaries of decisions and citations as shown below See Case Approach section below to find out how to interpret the citation and find the case Case Approach If you know the name of a specific California case consult the table of cases volume of West s California Digest 2nd ref KFC 57 W42 2nd floor not currently received to locate the citations See also LexisNexis Academic http library csun edu restricted lexis scr Legal Citation Format Marino v City of Los Angeles 110 Cal Rept 45 34 C A 3rd 461 Legal citations begin with the name of the case then a list of one or more case reporting services that included the court s decision on the case The case reporting service information is always formatted with the volume of the service first then an abbreviation for the name of the reporting service then the page where the opinion begins So in the citation above Marino v City of Los Angeles is the name of the case Abbreviations of case reporting services are listed in Bieber s Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations ref KF246 B46 2001 Ref Rm Cal Rept is an abbreviation for the West s California Reporter and C A 3rd stands for California Reports 3rd series So the first case reporting service reference for Marino v City of Los Angeles is to volume 110 of West s California Reporter beginning on page 45 and the second is to volume 34 of California Reports 3rd series beginning on page 461 Of these Oviatt Library owns West s California Reporter in print format and the other is available via Lexis Nexis Decisions West s California Reporter ref KFC 50 W42 2nd floor Includes opinions summaries and headnotes from cases decided in the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court The Library owns the complete set of California Reporter from 1884 to the present In 1960 West

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  • California Law Research: Administrative Law | Oviatt Library
    Personnel Departments Strategic Planning Library History and Facts Building and Floor Maps Policies WASC Information Ask a Librarian Live Chat 24 7 Text a Librarian Reference Desk Subject Specialists California Law Research Administrative Law Overview California Constitution Locating the Law Legislative Law Judicial Law Administrative Law Other Sources Barclay s Official California Code of Regulations Floor 2 Ref KFC 780 A35 Formerly known as the California Administrative Code Contains the regulations and proclamations issued by the various State agencies in California The California Code of Regulations C C R is arranged by subject into 26 major sections or titles e g Title 5 is Education and is updated weekly Consult the subject index or if a relevant Code section is known use the Statutes to Regulations Table Note Title 24 the building code is not included since it is copyrighted and published by the ICBO International Conference of Building Officials as the California Building Code Floor 2 Ref KFC 424 A43C Internet Access The C C R can be accessed from the Office of Administrative Law s web site http www oal ca gov CCR htm California Regulatory Notice Register ref KFC 780 A552 2nd floor Published by the Office

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  • California Law Research: Other Sources | Oviatt Library
    Not currently received Floor 2 Ref K3 A1I5 Covers 280 legal journals published in the U S Canada United Kingdom and other Common Law countries In addition to the subject index each issue provides a table of cases commented upon and a section of book review citations arranged by author PAIS International in Print 1915 2000 Not Currently received Ref Room Z7163 P92 Subject index to selected books pamphlets government documents and periodical articles Economics sociology public administration and international relations are emphasized Other Periodical Indexes If your research has legal ramifications for a particular subject area you will probably be able to find periodical articles written about that case legislation etc cited in a subject specific periodical index For example articles about de facto segregation may be found in education journals Therefore a search of ERIC may be appropriate Often general newspaper and magazine indexes can be searched as well Ask a reference librarian for a recommendation Locating Periodicals If the full text of the article is not available within the database you searched click to locate the full text online or in the Library Or search the journal title in the Library Catalog http library csun edu cgi opac or the CSUN List of Electronic Periodicals http library csun edu FindResources Ejournals Dictionaries and Encyclopedias Black s Law Dictionary http suncat csun edu record b1203610 Cal Jur III http suncat csun edu record b1151399 Bieber s Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations http suncat csun record b1836168edu record b1836168 Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage electronic resource http suncat csun edu record b2459467 Nolo s Plain English Law Dictionary http www nolo com dictionary FindLaw Legal Dictionary http dictionary lp findlaw com Legal Thesaurus http suncat csun edu record b1641757 West s Encyclopedia of American Law CSUN students and faculty can access this online Directories California directory of attorneys http suncat csun edu record b1886793 FindLaw Law Schools http stu findlaw com schools index html Martindale Hubbell R Law Directory http suncat csun edu record b2482612 Martindale Hubbell Law School Directory http suncat csun edu record b2433641 Parker Directory of California Attorneys http suncat csun edu record b1372795 Virtual Lawyer Referral and Information Service http lris lacba org vlris index cfm Guides and Handbooks American Bar Association Family Legal Guide http suncat csun edu record b1677282 California Courts Self Help Center http www courtinfo ca gov selfhelp California Transactions Forms Business Entities Cal Forms http suncat csun edu record b1712033 Cohen Legal Research in a Nutshell http suncat csun edu record b1806164 Henke s California Law Guide http suncat csun edu record b1895869 Southern California Association of Law Libraries Locating the Law http www aallnet org chapter scall locating htm Witkin Summary of California Law 10th ed http suncat csun edu record b1911065 Forms The Library has many books containing legal forms Search the Library Catalog http library csun edu cgi opac using the Keyword search for any of the following keywords business forms contracts forms corporation law forms forms law

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  • California Legal Research: California Constitution | Oviatt Library
    Program Collections Music Media Special Collections Archives Digital Collections Teacher Curriculum Center Government Documents Reserves Periodicals and Microform Reference About Mission Vision and Values Visitor Information Personnel Departments Strategic Planning Library History and Facts Building and Floor Maps Policies WASC Information Ask a Librarian Live Chat 24 7 Text a Librarian Reference Desk Subject Specialists California Legal Research California Constitution Overview California Constitution Locating the Law Legislative Law Judicial Law Administrative Law Other Sources The Constitution of California is the foremost source of California law Its power and legitimacy derive from the sovereignty of the people The California Constitution in turn is subordinate only to the Constitution of the United States which is the supreme law of the land Currently California law consists of 29 codes covering various areas the State Constitution and Statutes Constitution of California http www leginfo ca gov const html Constitution of the United States http www gpoaccess gov constitution index html Del Williams Acquisitions Librarian Contact Information delphia williams csun edu Related Guides Subject Guides Special Collections Archives Digital Collections Pins Cited at the Oviatt Exploring Research Topics Peek in the Stacks African American LGBTQ Periodicals Brad Pye Jr Los Angeles Sports Journalist and Community

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  • California Legal Research: Locating the Law | Oviatt Library
    24 7 Text a Librarian Reference Desk Subject Specialists California Legal Research Locating the Law Overview California Constitution Locating the Law Legislative Law Judicial Law Administrative Law Other Sources Law librarians at the Southern California Association of Law Libraries SCALL have created an online and concise guide to legal research that includes california Federal and International legal materials All of the documents are in PDF format Please note free Adobe Reader is Required Out of the 12 chapters from Locating the Law 5th edition 2009 the following have been selected for quick reference If you perfer to view the book in its entirety you may access the material by visiting the SCALL website at http www aallnet org chapter scall locating htm Chapter 2 How to read a legal citation This chapter will describe citations to cases statutes or codes and law reviews and treatises A short discussion of legal citation manuals and a list of common abbreviations are also included in this chapter Chapter 3 Basic legal research techniques This chapter is intended to serve as a guide for public librarians assisting users who have legal reference questions Chapter 5 California Law The State of California had done a great job of making its primary sources of law widely available via the Internet In addition legal publishers publish a multitude of secondary sources in print and in online databases This abundance of information has made researching California law easy for some and overwhelming for others For those without a legal background it is always advisable to start with a secondary source Chapter 7 Federal Law This chapter provides brief descriptions of the legislative process and the federal judiciary and focuses on the primary sources of federal law i e cases statutes and regulations Included are references to both print

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  • California Legal Research: Legislative Law | Oviatt Library
    Consolidated Index to the Constitution and Laws of California Ref Room KFC 40 L3 http suncat csun edu record b1388977 Provides subject access to the California Codes and is published annually The California Code is available at the Official California Legislative Information web site at http leginfo legislature ca gov faces codes xhtml You can browse the table of contents of the codes and or search multiple codes by keyword Session Laws Earlier Laws Statutes of California and Amendments to the Codes Floor 2 Ref KFC 30 A1 http suncat csun edu record b1442573 Bills passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor become effective January 1 of the following year and become statutes Statutes are assigned a chapter number and published in chronological order by session of the legislature in Statutes of California and Amendments to the Codes If one knows the bill number the cross reference tables can be checked and the appropriate chapter number determined Check the Statutory Record listing to locate the year chapter and effective date for a particular section of the code A subject index is also included in the last volume for each session s statutes Internet access The Official Publications Archives at the California State Assembly Office of the Chief Clerk website includes older statutes from 1850 to recent years http www assembly ca gov clerk billslegislature BILLSLEGISLATURE HTM Current Laws Advance Legislative Service to Deering s California Codes Annotated Floor 2 Ref KFC 25 A33D4 http suncat csun edu record b1369692 All laws enacted at the Regular and Extraordinary legislative sessions are included If the chapter number is known look it up to read a copy of the statute as enacted If you have a subject but not the chapter number check the cumulative subject index for a particular session

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