Legal Resources

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Legal Resources

State, Federal and Local laws provide the framework within which we live our lives. Marriage, divorce, aging, death, real estate, consumer protection, immigration, business, employment, crime, and taxes are some of the situations in which we find we need legal information.    

Whether we are just getting clarification or preparing to consult a lawyer, the following resources are a great first step to tackling the legal questions that most of us encounter. They provide reliable, practical answers to many everyday questions.

The following resources are intended to direct you towards public legal information, or referrals to organizations that can assist you with legal issues and questions. While librarians can help direct you towards this information, they are not licensed or qualified to interpret law or answer specific legal questions.

And don’t forget, you can always contact a Reference Librarian by phoneemail, or in person for assistance in using our databases and eBooks.

Indexes / Databases

You can use your UA Library card and PIN to access the following online databases and reference eBooks. Please note: Links to our databases open in a new window or tab in your bowser.

NuWav Legal Documents – Find hundreds of legal forms covering the most popular legal situations. There is even a tool to help fill out many of the forms as well.

Statistical Abstract of the United States – For legal research needs where statistics would be helpful, Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative resource on social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

Reference eBooks

Gale Reference eBooks – Access authoritative encyclopedias covering law in the United States, from anywhere, any time of day. Gale Reference eBooks is home to the library’s collection of reference eBooks.

Reference Resources

Visit the Reference Department in the lower level of the Main (Tremont) Library for the following resources. 

Nolo Self-Help Legal Guides – Written in plain English, these books are designed to help make the law accessible to everyone. Search the library catalog to see the variety of topics covered by these books, including Divorce, Renter’s Rights, Small Claims Court, Bankruptcy, and much more.

Baldwin’s Ohio Handbook Series – In the Ohio Room of the Reference Department, you will find the following books in this series:

Legal Dictionaries

Legal Handbooks and Guides – Here are a few examples of legal books you will find in the Reference Department.


Local Legal Help

Laws and Codes

Search Starters

Check out what’s available in the library catalog to reserve and check out under these categories:

If you have a specific legal issue you are dealing with, try searching for materials that may help. Here are some popular legal topics that are covered:

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