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Circuit Riders: Basic Legal Research

A guide for non-law librarians

USC Law Library Resources

The USC Law Library provides a number of other research guides and resources that might be useful.


  • You can find a full list of our research guides on this page.
    Free Internet Legal Resources is a collection of reliable and free resources that can serve as a great starting point for your research. In fact, government websites, such as the Government Publishing Offices (GPO's) govinfo (formerly FDsys) now include digitized print primary resources that are authenticated and official.
    South Carolina Legal Resources research guide can help you locate print and online, current and archival, primary (law) and secondary (books, etc.) legal resources specific to South Carolina. 

    South Carolina Briefs and Records.The Law Library has briefs and records for some (but not all) cases decided by the South Carolina Supreme Court and South Carolina Court of Appeals from 1858 to 2014. These briefs and records are in print (not online).

    LRAW Research Textbook is the online research text used by first-year law students in their Legal Research, Analysis and Writing course.  The Fall text covers state statutes and caselaw; the Spring text covers federal statutes, federal case law as well as secondary sources, and federal and state regulations.

Guides from other States

NOTE:  These guides are from other states, and laws in each state are different.  But these may be helpful in figuring out your own legal research issue.


Peoples Law Library of Iowa is a program of the Iowa State Library.

The Peoples Law Library of Maryland is a legal information and self-help website maintained by the Thurgood Marshall State Law Library, a court-related agency of the Maryland Judiciary, and supported by Maryland's non-profit legal services providers, Maryland pro bono attorneys, and the legal academic community.