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Black's Law Dictionary is available in print format in the GPML Reference Section.


This pupose of this guide is to assist you with locating legal statutues, regulations, cases and secondary materials (encyclopedias, law reviews, dictionaries, etc.).  Use the blue-tabbed navigation scheme above to navigate to the different portions of this guide.

The Library's law collection is extensive, focusing on U.S. and Maryland statutes, cases, and regulations. The collection includes access to over 500 print and electronic law reviews and legal periodicals. 

We collect legal encyclopedias and law related monographs or books. These books can be found in the electronic Johns Hopkins University Libraries CatalogMany of the well known legal sources are available electronically. Through this page we provide access to several internet based sources and databases.

Cases and Law Reviews

COURT OPINIONS/ACTUAL CASES: Use LexisNexis Academic (LexisNexis Legal is part of LexisNexis Academic) or Campus Research:Law (formerly Westlaw). 

Your search will be the most precise if you search for a particular case by citation - e.g. 517 U.S. 308. With the title of the case, or the party names, you will also get to your results quicker, but may see more than one result (original case, appeals, remanded decisions)  E.g. Roe V. Wade.

LAW REVIEWS: You have a few options:

    1. Use LexisNexis Academic. You will need to choose U.S. Legal from the left menu.  Select Law Reviews.  Take advantage of the search limiters if you are aware of the field of law in which you want to search E.g. Tax Law. 

    1. Use WestlawNext.  Choose Secondary Sources and enter your search term.

    1. Use Legal Periodicals Full Text.  International coverage as well as U.S.  Access to scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books and book reviews.

Original Court Documents

We are not able to provide access to scans of original court documents or case transcripts through Campus Research:Law.  Only the full Westlaw product (which we do not subscribe to) has this information.

If you need a transcript or wish to view the original documentation, you will need to contact the court in question (look for Clerk of Court contact information).