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Legal Research & Law

Research guide designed to help those researching the law or legal topics.

Start Learning About the Law

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

Useful Search Terms

Use the words below to search for useful information in books and articles.

  • law united states
  • constitutional law
  • constitutional law united states
  • constitution united states
  • criminal law
  • political questions and judicial power united states
  • law philosophy
  • law united states interpretation and construction
  • justice
  • legislation california (books on the legislative process)
  • war on terrorism law and legislation
  • add the term law and legislation to any search on a topic to read about the legal aspects of that topic

Use the eBooks Below to Begin Learning About Your Topic

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff. 

Using & Finding Books

Why Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. You can also use books to find primary sources, which are often published together in collections.

Where Do I Find Books?

You'll use the library catalog to search for books, ebooks, articles, and more.

What if MJC Doesn't Have What I Need?

If you need materials (books, articles, recordings, videos, etc.) that you cannot find in the library catalog, use our interlibrary loan service.