Welcome to the HPU Libraries' Legal Research guide!
This guide will help you:
1. Locate background information on a case through sources, such as law reviews and legal encyclopedias
2. Locate primary information, including cases and laws, such as statutes, codes, and the Constitution.
3. Cite a legal case or law.
Tort: a civil wrong, other than breach of contract, for which a remedy may be obtained, usually in the form of damages (ex. trespassing)
Statute: a law passed by a legislative body; also called an act
Common Law: the body of law derived from judicial decisions, rather than from statutes or constitutions
Statutory Law: the body of law derived from statutes rather than from constitutions or judicial decisions
Constitutional Law: the body of law derived from the U.S. Constitution and dealing primarily with governmental powers, civil rights, and civil liberties
Consult Black's Law Dictionary for more definitions of legal terms.