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Year Published: 2014
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In recent years the number of Americans who have decided to handle their own legal affairs without the help of a lawyer has skyrocketed. Ranging from people writing their own wills or drafting a contract to those trying to represent themselves in court, they’re going to public and academic libraries for answers. As both an attorney and a librarian, Healy’s background makes him uniquely qualified to advise library staff on providing users with the legal information they seek, and in this handbook, he
Library staff can provide valuable and ethical legal reference guidance with the practical guidance in this book.
- Provides a concise orientation on legal research, including strategies for finding information quickly and a handpicked compendium of the best resources
- Offers guidance on how to provide advice on legal research while steering clear of liability
- Covers federal legal reference as well as all 50 states, with a comprehensive list of web-based legal resources
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Legal and Ethical Issues
Who Is Asking Legal Reference Questions, and Why Does It Matter?
Parameters of Legal Reference Service
Tips and Tools for Serving the Pro Se Library User
Part 2 Legal Research Basics
The Structure of Law and the Legal Research Process
Secondary Legal Resources
Statutes and Constitutions
Regulations and Administrative Law
Appendix: Online Legal Resources
About the Author
Paul D. Healey is both an attorney and a librarian and is currently senior instructional
services librarian and associate professor of library administration at the Albert E. Jenner,
Jr. Law Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Professional
Liability Issues for Librarians and Information Professionals, as well as a number of scholarly
and professional articles on a variety of librarianship-related topics, most notably librarian
liability and librarian ethics. He was the editorial director of AALL Spectrum, the official
monthly magazine of the American Association of Law Libraries, from 2001 to 2007, and
worked closely with authors on content for the magazine. He has an extensive background
in professional speaking and has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars
across the United States and Canada.
"Healey is both a librarian and an attorney, and his expertise in both areas will be evident to anyone using this specialized handbook, which is a very readable and concise guide to legal research in the context of library reference work … a handy and recommended purchase for both new and experienced legal researchers in the library. "
"There are a few other recent publications
available which discuss legal reference issues for
libraries and librarians ... but none have the clear focus
and organization of this one. Legal Reference for
Librarians is highly recommended as an addition to
any librarian’s ready-reference shelf."
— Reference Reviews
”Suggestions on how to handle different types of legal reference
questions, such as what to say and what to avoid, are a real strength of this book … This guide is highly recommended to anyone needing to source American legal
information. It is also excellent in explaining professional issues associated with
answering legal reference questions and is recommended to anyone needing to come to
grips with these issues."
— Australian Library Journal