The goal of this guide is to provide patrons, who are representing themselves in a legal matter, with basic legal research and to provide specific materials needed to conduct legal research. The law refers to self-representing parties as a "pro se." While this guide focuses on Illinois sources, the guide covers federal and general legal sources.
There are three parts to this guide:
The law uses a very specific language that differs from other disciplines. Here is a link to our page of dictionaries that provides call numbers for dictionaries in our reference collection. If you need to look up a term or to study a more in-depth discussion, we provide links to more detailed resources as well.
Our Dictionaries Encyclopedias & page here: http://law-illinois.libguides.com/c.php?g=575272&p=4083338
NOTE: This guide is not intended to provide legal advice or counsel. It serves only to provide resources for individuals seeking to advocate for themselves in a legal dispute or represent themselves in court. Basic guidance for developing a research plan is also provided.
The following guides develop a foundation for legal research needs.
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