Law Reference Collection
Westlaw Campus Research - Available on campus and also off-campus with a C.O.D. library card.
Campus Research is an easy-to-use online research service that provides college and university students with access to a comprehensive collection of news and business information and law-related resources. Access federal and state caselaw, full text of the United States Code Annotated (USCA) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and more than 800 law reviews and journals, including Harvard Law Review and Yale Law Journal.
Codes and Statutes
Laws and statutes are passed by legislative bodies such as Congress or state assemblies. C.O.D. Library has access to the laws of the United States and those of Illinois. Access to all federal and state decisions are also available through Westlaw Campus Research.
United States Code (U.S.C.)
"The U.S. Code (USC) is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives."
United States Code Annotated (U.S.C.A.) - Available online in Westlaw Campus Research
"United States Code Annotated (USCA) combines the official text of the U.S. Code with relevant cases, historical notes, indexes, cross-references, and other annotations. A point of entry to the entire West research system, USCA also includes the U.S. Constitution (annotated), selected Code of Federal Regulations provisions, presidential documents, and federal court rules.
United States Code Service (U.S.C.S.) - Lawyer's Edition - REF KF 62 1972 .L38
"Using the exact language of Congress so that you can cite it with confidence, the USCS provides comprehensive, annotated coverage of the entire U.S. Code, the U.S. Constitution, the Federal Rules of Civil, Criminal, Bankruptcy, and Appellate Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, rules of the Courts of Appeals and specialized federal courts, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, as well as selected federal regulations and international agreements. Annotative materials include case annotations from court cases and federal agency decisions, expert commentary, cross references to the Code of Federal Regulations, and references to numerous treatises and law review articles."
United States Code Congressional and Administrative News - REF KF 63 .A5T 1952
The Library has 1952-.
This set contains the full text of new federal laws, Congressional Committee Reports that detail histories of the laws, Signing Statements, Presidential Proclamations, Executive Orders, Reorganization Plans, President's Messages, Federal Regulations for the U.S. Federal government, Proposed Constitutional Amendments, Federal Court Rules and Sentencing Guidelines. Arranged in chronological order, it also provides tables, including classifications to the U.S.C.A.® and the sections amended, repealed, or otherwise affected, plus a cumulative index.
Code of Federal Regulations
"The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis."
Illinois Compiled Statutes – REF KFI 1229 .I44
The Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) are a cumulative organization of Public Acts into a coherent framework. Most, but not all, Public Acts are incorporated into the Illinois Compiled Statutes.
West's Smith-Hurd Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated - REF KFI 1230 1993 .A4
The Library has: Chapter 625-699 (Vehicles); Chapter 720-734 (Criminal Offenses, Criminal Procedures, Corrections); Chapter 810-814 (Commercial Code).
Illinois Administrative Code
Collection of Illinois regulations.
DuPage County Code
Glen Ellyn Codes, Ordinances, & Guidelines
Wheaton City Codes & Ordinances
The library collects cases from the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Illinois Appelate Court. Access to all federal and state decisions is also now available online in Westlaw Campus Research.
United States Supreme Court Reports – REF KF 101 .U584
The Library has Lawyers. Ed. (1790-1955) and L. Ed. 2d (1956-present)
U.S. Supreme Court Decisions are collected in this series.
Common Abbreviation: L. Ed. or L. Ed. 2d.
West’s Illinois Decisions – REF KFI 1247 .A33x
Illinois Supreme and Appelate Court cases are collected in this series.
Common Abbreviation: Ill. Dec.
A digest is an indexed compilation of summaries of decisions, which allow researchers to find cases by the legal subjects they address.
West's United States Supreme Court Digest - REF KF 101.1 .D5
"This Key Number Digest contains all headnotes, classified according to West's® Key Number System, for U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1754 to date. The topics are listed in alphabetical order. The Key Numbers within those topics are listed in numerical order. Each topic begins with scope notes about subjects included and subjects excluded and covered by other topics. Also there is an outline of the topic, which includes a list of all Key Numbers in that topic. Each volume is supplemented by a pocket part and the full set is also supplemented by interim pamphlets."
West’s Illinois Digest 2d – REF KFI 1257 .W47
Covers state cases, as well as federal cases involving Illinois.
KeyCite is the citation research service from West. Using KeyCite, you can quickly determine whether a case, statute, administrative decision, or federal regulation is good law and find cases and other sources that cite it. Access to KeyCite is now available in Westlaw Campus Research.
Shepard's Acts and Cases by Popular Names, Federal and State - REF KF 80 .S5
"Shepard's Acts and Cases by Popular Names is an invaluable tool to jump-start your research. With information from all 50 states and federal law in one easy-to-use directory, you can look up a statute by popular name and get the citations you need, research by subject area to get a complete listings of statutes governing your topic, locate cases by popular name and subject area, and find cases by reporter, volume and page."
Shephard's Illinois Case Name Citator - REF KFI 1259 .S39
"Shepard's Illinois Case Names Citator is a companion product to Shepard's Illinois Citations. It's what you need when you know the name of an Illinois case, but not its citation. This convenient research tool will help you locate the citation for a case you need, even when you know just one party's name. Then you'll be set to Shepardize your citation in Shepard's Illinois Citations."
Shephard's Illinois Citations - REF KFI 1259 .S397
"Shepard’s Illinois Citations provides coverage of cases, constitutional provisions and statutes (including session laws, statutes at large and non-current statutes, for which coverage is only available in print) for Illinois. You will retrieve U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal and state cases that have cited your state decision, including histories (such as affirmances and reversals) and analysis on unrelated decisions that may have affected the precedential value of your case (such as cases that criticize, distinguish or overrule your case)."
Black's Law Dictionary - REF KF 156 .B53 2009 or online in Westlaw Campus Research
English/Spanish and Spanish/English Legal Dictionary - REF K52 .S6 K 36 2008
Legal encyclopedias provide a general discussion of numerous legal areas, with footnote citations to primary sources of law for each topic presented. They are updated regularly with pocket parts and annual supplements.
American Jurisprudence (AmJur) - Available online in Westlaw Campus Research
Illinois Jurisprudence - REF KFI1280 .I38
Gale Encyclopedia of American Law - REF KF 154 .W47 2011
New Oxford Companion to Law - REF K48 .N48 2008
Encyclopedia of Psychology & Law - REF K346 .E53 2008
ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation (4th edition) - REF/GEN KF 245 .A45 2010
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th edition) - REF/GEN KF 245 .B58 2010
Prince's Dictionary of Legal Citations - REF KF 246 .P756 2011
Other Print Legal Resources
Martindale Hubbell Law Directory - REF KF 190 .M3 2008
Illinois volume is 2011 edition.
A multivolume, international set that contains lists of attorneys and firms by location and areas of practice.
Sullivan's Law Directory - REF KF192.I4 S9 2012-2013
"The most comprehensive list of attorneys practicing in Illinois. All information is verified and updated annually. Attorney listings include firm/agency, address, phone, fax number, email address, bar association affiliation, and areas of concentration."
Illinois Court Rules and Procedure - REF KFI 1229 .A1942 2011
Illinois code of civil procedure and state court rules; Federal court rules; Rules of the circuit courts.
American Law Reports (ALR) - Available online in Westlaw Campus Research
Provides "an objective, in-depth analysis of your specific legal issue, together with a complete list of every case – in every jurisdiction – that discusses it."