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Access requires an active UCInetID and password.

Authorized Affiliates are users with an active UCInetID and password, i.e. current UCI students, faculty, and staff.


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Law and Regulation

Law and Regulation


UCI's Law Librarians recommend that you start legal research by exploring secondary sources, i.e. ones that discuss and analyze a law, rather than primary sources, i.e. actual written laws.  Secondary sources will be much easier to understand. 


Common Secondary Sources

Legal Encyclopedias shorter broad coverage on many legal topics
Practice Guides and Treatises longer in-depth coverage on a single legal topic
Law Review Articles longer, scholarly (i.e., less 'practical') coverage on a single legal topic


Westlaw Campus
Access: UCI
Geography:  US

This version of the Westlaw database is available to the UCI campus community at large.  Provides a starting point for legal research, covering all types of secondary sources.  

  • For starters, try these secondary sources.  To access: Homepage > Browse [box] > All Content [tab] >Secondary Sources.
    • American Jurisprudence 2d- Encyclopedia for general or federal legal research
    • California Jurisprudence- Encyclopedia for California-specific legal research

Nolo eBooks
Access: UCI
Geography:  US

Nolo (Latin for “I don’t choose to") is a publisher of reliable, plain-English legal information that anyone can use.  This link directs you to several titles in business and entrepreneurship published by Nolo.  


Access: UCI
Geography:  CA

Provides the world's largest source of web-based California legal commentary and analysis.  It links to cited California cases and codes, as well as U.S. Supreme Court cases.  It includes downloadable attorney-drafted forms with clauses accompanied by explanations and directions.

  • Excellent for practice guides!
Access: Public
Geography:  US

Geared more toward the general public.  Search all US Federal publicly available regulatory materials, e.g., trending regulations, public comments, supporting analyses, Federal Register (FR) notices, and rules.  Download federal agencies' regulatory materials as an Excel file. 


The Federal Register (FR)
Access: Public
Geography:  US

Geared more toward government insiders, industry insiders, and lawyers.  The daily journal of the U.S. Federal Government.  Makes available the full text of federal laws and regulations, presidential documents, and other federal program information. 

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UCI Law Library

Please see the UCI Law Library's page about Visitor Policies for non-law UCI affiliates, as access may be limited. 

For legal research questions, please email the Law Library Reference Desk.

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