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Law: A Guide to Penn State Resources

This guide is a starting point for faculty and students at Penn State University. Members of the Penn State Law or Dickinson Law School communities may have additional resources available.

A Comprehensive Collection

The Pattee/Paterno Libraries maintain a strong collection of law materials, housing one of the largest collections of print and electronic legal materials in Central Pennsylvania. Combined with the resources of The Penn State Law (University Park) Library and Dickinson School of Law Library (Carlisle, PA) faculty and students have first-rate legal research collection.   Support services for these collections reside in the Social Sciences Library on 2nd Floor Paterno.  

The electronic resources listed in this guide are available to all Penn State faculty, staff, and students with an access ID and password. Alumni and visitors who wish to use these resources for educational (non-commercial) research can request a Short Term Access Account for Research (STAAR).

Wireless Access

Visitors to the Libraries may use the free AT&T wireless service.  A STAAR account will be needed to access the libraries' databases.  Please bring a flash drive to save any information you retrieve or be prepared to email the materials to yourself.

Note: guest wireless access is "only where it is available" which is primarily on campus. Campus closure will limit some visitor wireless access. Visiting faculty, staff, and students can use Eduroam a global wireless network available from the visitor wireless site

Highlights of the Law Collection

The primary databases for beginning your legal research are listed below.  Non-Penn State users can access the databases by visiting any Penn State Campus Library.

Print Collections

While the majority of legal materials are available online only, there are still a number of key resources in print available for consultation.   Some are located in the Research Hub Reference collection (2nd floor Paterno).  Most of the remainder are on 3rd Floor Paterno, with much of the historical collection in the Library Annex.  Staff at the Research Hub Service desk and assist you with the print collection.

Major Titles in Print

  Federal Law
  1. United States Statutes at Large -- Call number KF50 .A3 -- Research Hub Reference Collection, 2nd Floor Paterno .  1789-to date
    Chronological version of the laws of the United States 
  2. United States Code Annotated -- Call number KF62 .A35 -- Research Hub Reference Collection, 2nd Floor Paterno.  
    Codified version of the current laws of the U.S. annotated with historical reference and citations to related cases.
  3. Federal Register--Call Number KF70 .A2, Research Hub Reference Collection, 2nd Floor Paterno-- current 3 months in print.  Earlier online.
    Daily listing of new proposed and final regulations from the federal government
  4. Code of Federal Regulations. -- Call Number KF70 .A3, Research Hub Reference Collection, 2nd Floor Paterno
    Codified versions of federal regulations
  5. Corpus Juris Secundum -- Call Number  KF154 .C62, Research Hub Reference Collection, 2nd Floor Paterno
    A comprehensive legal encyclopedia
  6. United States Reports -- Call Number  KF101 .U49, Research Hub Reference Collection, 2nd Floor Paterno. 
    U.S. Supreme Court Opinions
Pennyslvania Law
  1. The Laws of Pennsylvania.-- Call number KFP   , Research Hub Reference Collection, 2nd Floor Paterno
    ​Chronological compilation of PA laws as passed by the General Assembly

  2. Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes Annotated -- Call number KFP   , Research Hub Reference Collection, 2nd Floor Patern
    Codified version of current PA law annotated with historical notes and court cases

  3. Pennsylvania Bulletin -- Call number KFP KFP31 .P452  , Research Hub Reference Collection, 2nd Floor Paterno
    Weekly Publication of PA Regulations
  4. Pennsylvania Code -- Call number KFP   , Research Hub Reference Collection, 2nd Floor Paterno
    ​Codified version of current PA regulations
  5. Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia -- Call number KFP   , Research Hub Reference Collection, 2nd Floor Paterno
    Comprehensive encyclopedia surveying PA law.  Heavily annotated with references to  pertinent court cases.