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Online Resources

San Diego Law Library YouTube Resources

See below for links to some educational videos, and for other classes, check out San Diego Law Library’s YouTube channel!

Recommended Titles

  • Legal Research, Nolo Press* – click here
  • Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law, Nolo Press* – click here
  • Legal Research: An Introduction, Law Library of Congress – click here
  • Internet Legal Research on a Budget : Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers by Judy K. Davis and Carole A. Levitt – click here
  • A Layperson’s Guide to Legal Research and Self-Help Law Books by Kendall F. Svengalis – click here
  • How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Nonlawyers, American Association of Law Libraries – click here
  • Fundamentals of Legal Research by Steven M. Barkan, Barbara A. Bintliff, Mary Whisner – click here
  • Legal research in a nutshell by Morris L. Cohen, Kent C. Olson – click here
  • Locating the Law published by Southern California Association of Law Libraries – click here

*Nolo Press titles are also available for free online in the Nolo Legal Information Reference Center database, – click here