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Legal Research Reference Guide

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This reference guide identifies selected guides on the how to do legal research. Resources listed are available at all of the court libraries in the Hawai‘i State Law Library System, unless otherwise noted. This finding aid is not exhaustive, and is meant to be used as a starting point for research on this topic.

Notes: The information in brackets [ ] indicates the call number. SCLL=Supreme Court Law Library on Oahu, 2d=Maui, 3d=Hilo, K=Kona, 5th=Kauai.
The Library staff is prohibited by law from giving legal advice. Please consult an attorney if you need such services.

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Hawaii Legal Research

  1. Kahle, Richard F. How to research constitutional, legislative, and statutory history in Hawaii. 3 rd ed.
    [RefRm KFH421.5 L37 A25 2001] Available at SCLL, 2d, 3d, K and 5 th.

  2. Kellett, Mahilani E. Practical legal research and analysis for the paralegal in Hawaii. NBI, Inc. , 1997
    [RefRm KFH75 P88 1998] Available at SCLL, 3d, K and 5 th.

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General Handbooks, Manuals, Guides

  1. AALL research guide: No.5 (2000) The internet as a legal research tool. American Association of Law Libraries.
    [RefRm (Periodical)] Available at SCLL

  2. Cohen, Morris L. Legal research in a nutshell. West Group, 1996, 6 th ed.
    [KF240 C54 1996] Available at SCLL, 3 d, K, 5th

  3. Jacobstein, J. Myron. Legal research illustrated. Foundation Press, 1994, 6th ed.
    [RefRm KF240 J16] Available at SCLL

  4. Koto, Ann S. Internet strategies for the paralegal in Hawaii. NBI, Inc., 1999.
    [RefRm KFH75 K84] Available at SCLL.

  5. Levitt, Carole. Lawyer’s guide to fact finding on the internet. American Bar Association, 2004 ed.
    [KF242 L57] Available at SCLL

  6. Marke, Julius J. Legal research and law library management. Law Journal Press, 2006. Revised Ed.
    [REF KF240 M34] Available at SCLL

  7. Mersky, Roy M. Fundamentals of legal research. Foundation Press, 2002. 8 th ed.
    [RefRm KF240 J15 2002] Available at SCLL

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Internet Resources

Disclaimer: The sites listed below have been found to be useful when conducting legal research on the Internet. The Hawaii State Law Library System has no control over these web sites and does not guarantee or assume any liability for the accuracy, relevance, currency, or completeness of the information.

  1. Cornell Law Library
    How to do Legal Research: Basics
    Constitutions and codes, court opinions, courts rules, legal resources for federal and state governments and U.S. territories.

  2. Drake University Law School Library Research Guides

  3. Nolo.com
    Offers information on how to research state and federal statutes. Contains a legal glossary and instructions on how to find cases.

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Other Libraries with Law Related Collections

  1. William S. Richardson School of Law Library
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
    2525 Dole Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
    (808) 956-7583

  2. Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau Library
    State Capitol, Rm 005
    (808) 587-0690

  3. Hawaii Documents Center
    Hawaii & the Pacific
    Hawaii State Library
    478 South King Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-2901
    (808) 586-3535 (reference desk)

  4. Federal Government Documents Section
    Hawaii State Library
    478 South King St.
    Honolulu , HI 96813-2901
    (808) 586-3477

  5. University of Hawaii Library
    Government Documents Collection
    2550 McCarthy Mall
    Honolulu, HI  96822
    (808) 956-8230

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Electronic Resources

Note: These resources are available for public use at the Hawaii State Law Libraries at no charge. Printing cost is 15¢ per page.

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