Legal Research Databases at the Law Library Category: Legal Research


The law library subscribes to databases such as Lexis, OnLaw from CEB, Hein Online, and smaller legal publisher databases, which are available to the public for free using the library’s computers. Several free databases are also available online.

California Legislative History

Finding Legislative Intent in California The Sacramento County Public Law Library has limited access to California legislative history material, especially for bills passed prior to 1993, when online information becomes available. For bills prior to 1993, the Law Library has the Statutes and Amendments to the Codes, the Journal of...

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Reading Citations

Finding Cases and Statutes by Citation Any reference to any primary law source - case or statute - has a citation. The basic format of a citation is standardized, and generally includes a volume number, an abbreviation of the title of the publication in which the law appears, a page...

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Using Shepard’s® Citation Service on Lexis

How to Shepardize™ a Case in Lexis+® The most common use for the Shepard’s Citations Services is determining if a case is “Good Law,” valid and citable. This process is referred to as Shepardizing. Shepard’s provides a comprehensive report of the cases, statutes, secondary sources, and annotations that cite your...

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