Research & Motion Guides

Research Guides

How can I compile a legislative history? How can I locate court opinions? To answer these and other frequently asked questions, we prepared some legal research guides. Use the guides as an aid for starting your legal research. The guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions.


Although these guides assist in locating legal resources, they are not a substitute for legal advice. Laws change frequently, so check that the resources you use are up to date. Consult with an attorney if you need legal advice.


Motion Guides

Our motion guides are general examples. You should edit them and add information unique to your circumstances. Word processing skills and knowledge specific to your situation are required to adapt these examples. Please note, we cannot guarantee our samples will meet your needs because laws and procedures change frequently. Also, your situation may involve factors requiring different procedures or forms. Consult with an attorney if you need legal advice or for help in adapting the forms to your situation.

Name Type Category
Administrative Mandamus Writ Motion California
Amending a Birth Certificate in California Research California
Appeals – Civil Appeals Guide Research California
Appeals from Limited Civil, Small Claims, Misdemeanor and Infraction Cases Research California
Border Law Research Other
California Annotated Codes – Research in Superseded Versions (Historical Research) Research California
California Briefs Collection Research California
California Civil Harassment and Domestic Violence Research California
California Code of Regulations Research California
California Legislative History and Analysis Research California
Changing Your Name or Gender in California Research California
Clean Up Your Criminal Record Research California
Court Rules – How to Find them at SDLL Research California, U.S. Materials
Eviction / Unlawful Detainer Research California
Ex Parte Applications Motion California
Family Law Discovery Issues Research California
Family Law – Divorce 101 Research California
Federal Legislative History and Intent Research U.S. Materials
Federal Search & Seizure: Motion for Return of Property Research U.S. Materials
Foreclosure Resources Research California
Homestead – Protecting the Equity in Your Home Research California
How to Track a California Case Online Research California
How to Use California Case Citations Research California
Indian Child Welfare Act Research Indian
Indian Law Resources Research Indian
Internet Resources for Starting a Small Business Research California
Marsden Motion – Replace Appointed Public Defender Motion California
Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Research California
Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Research U.S. Materials
Military Guide: Law, Benefits, & Resources Research U.S. Materials
Motion for Return of Seized Property – California Search & Seizure Motion California
Motion to Modify Probation Motion California
Motion to Reduce Felony to Misdemeanor Motion California
Motion to Terminate Probation Motion California
Motion to Vacate a Default Judgment Motion California
Opposing a Motion Research California
Pleading Paper – Template Motion Creating Pleadings
Published and Unpublished Cases in California Research California
Responding to a Civil Lawsuit in California Superior Court Motion California
Service of Notice and Other Papers Research California
Service of Summons and Complaint Research California
Small Claims Court Research California
Tax Law Research California, U.S. Materials
Using Lexis Research Electronic
Using Shepard’s Online Research Electronic
Water Law – Arizona v. California Spotlight Collection Research Electronic