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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?
Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 emergency, we are unable to process requests for materials from other libraries. We'll have this service up and running again as soon as campus opens and we're fully operational.

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