There are three basic types of laws: statutes, regulations, and court cases (case law).
Here are some databases with U.S. and PA laws and cases.
For citation examples, please see A Brief Guide to Legal Citations in APA Style.
Statutes are primary legal sources. Statutes are laws enacted by Congress or the state legislatures. A collection of statutes is sometimes referred to as a code.
Administrative regulations are primary legal sources. Administrative regulations are laws created by an executive branch agency or department such as the EPA, ATF, FCC, or FAA.
>Type in the parties to the case, or type in your topic to find cases on that topic. Click "Go"
>Please scroll through the list. Please note that some of the items you find may be petitions filed after the case. You can keep clicking through the items until you find the actual transcript of the case.
Power Search Tip: If you are not able to find the case, try Googling your case and identifying the citation. Then, use the citation feature under "Look Up A Legal Case" in LexisNexis to try to pinpoint the case.
Law reviews are secondary legal sources. They are scholarly legal journal articles that analyze the law.
Try searching the resources below for law reviews:
Instruments (surveys, tests, quizzes) can be hard to find because they are often not included in CJ articles and books. You can start by searching in PsycTests. You can also search in CJ article databases with keywords like instrument, survey, test, questionnaire, inventory.
Power Search Tips: You can also search for data in article databases by typing in keywords like statistics, rate, frequency, quantitative.