Westlaw Next

Westlaw Next is a comprehensive collection of law-related information resources along with news and business information. It contains information on primary law, analytical materials, litigation insights, case law, core legal reference materials, and much more. Westlaw Next also includes news and business articles of interest to legal professionals.

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Supreme Court Reporters

SupremeCt.jpgNew addition to our circulating collection!

West's Supreme Court Reporters from 1952-2002 are now available for checkout.

You can find them in the GENERAL Collection with the call number of KF101 .A322

Yes, these can be checked out for 28 days and even renewed.

Westlaw Campus Research

Campus Research is an easy-to-use online research service that provides college and university students with access to a comprehensive collection of news and business information and law-related resources.

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Westlaw Next

Westlaw Next is an easy-to-use online research service that provides students with access to a comprehensive collection of news and business information and law-related resources. Access federal and state caselaw, full text of the United States Code Annotated (USCA), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and more than 800 law reviews and journals, including Harvard Law Review and Yale Law Journal.

Thomson Reuters offers a FREE Westlaw Certification course intended for Paralegals. Access is FREE and can be found here.
You will need to create an account with them in order to track your progress.

Other help:

Westlaw Getting Started Guide
Westlaw Basics: 10 Quick Tips for Using Westlaw
Step-by-step instructions for accessing the Westlaw Certification course

Legal Encyclopedias

Legal encyclopedias provide a general discussion of numerous legal areas, with footnote citations to primary sources of law for each topic presented. They are updated regularly with pocket parts and annual supplements.

  • American Jurisprudence (AmJur)
    Available online in Westlaw Next
    Encyclopedia of United States law.
  • American Law Reports (ALR)
    Available online in Westlaw Next
    Provides "an objective, in-depth analysis of your specific legal issue, together with a complete list of every case – in every jurisdiction – that discusses it."
  • Illinois Jurisprudence
    Reference KFI 1280 .I38
  • Gale Encyclopedia of American Law
    Reference KF 154 .W47 2011
  • New Oxford Companion to Law
    Reference K48 .N48 2008

Online Legal Research Tools

From the founder of FindLaw, this website provides links for a wide variety of legal resources in selected legal practice areas.

Legal Information Institute
Created at Cornell University, this website is a wealth of legal information.

Legal Citation

ALWD Citation Examples

Citation Manuals

  • ALWD Guide to Legal Citation (5th edition)
    Reference KF245 .A45 2014
  • ALWD 6th edition, Illinois Corrections

  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th edition)
    Reference KF 245 .B58 2010
  • Prince's Dictionary of Legal Citations
    Reference KF 246 .P756 2017


Association of Legal Writers Directors (AWLD)
Website for ALWD Citation manual.

The Bluebook
Website for The Bluebook. Contains tips for citing.

Codes & Statutes

Laws and statutes are passed by legislative bodies such as Congress or state assemblies. C.O.D. Library has access to both federal and state laws. Access to all federal and state decisions are also available through Westlaw Next.

United States Code (U.S.C.)
"The U.S. Code (USC) is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives."

United States Code Annotated (U.S.C.A.)
Available online in Westlaw Next
"United States Code Annotated (USCA) combines the official text of the U.S. Code with relevant cases, historical notes, indexes, cross-references, and other annotations. A point of entry to the entire West research system, USCA also includes the U.S. Constitution (annotated), selected Code of Federal Regulations provisions, presidential documents, and federal court rules.

Code of Federal Regulations
"The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis."

Illinois Compiled Statutes
Reference KFI 1229 .I44
The Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) are a cumulative organization of Public Acts into a coherent framework. Most, but not all, Public Acts are incorporated into the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

West's Smith-Hurd Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated
Reference KFI 1230 1993 .A4
The Library has: Chapter 625-699 (Vehicles); Chapter 720-734 (Criminal Offenses, Criminal Procedures, Corrections); Chapter 810-814 (Commercial Code).

Illinois Administrative Code
Collection of Illinois regulations.

DuPage County Code
Code of ordinances for DuPage County.

Glen Ellyn Codes, Ordinances, & Guidelines
Code of ordinances for Glen Ellyn.

Wheaton City Codes & Ordinances
Code of ordinances for Wheaton.

Finding Cases

The library collects cases from the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Illinois Appellate Court. Access to all federal and state decisions is available online in Westlaw Next.

Court Reporters

  • United States Supreme Court Reports
    Reference KF 101 .U584
    The Library has Lawyers. Ed. (1790-1955) and L. Ed. 2d (1956-present)
    U.S. Supreme Court Decisions are collected in this series.
    Common Abbreviation: L. Ed. or L. Ed. 2d.
  • West’s Illinois Decisions
    Reference KFI 1247 .A33x
    Illinois Supreme and Appelate Court cases are collected in this series.
    Common Abbreviation: Ill. Dec.


A digest is an indexed compilation of summaries of decisions, which allow researchers to find cases by the legal subjects they address.

  • West’s Illinois Digest 2d
    Reference KFI 1257 .W47
    Covers state cases, as well as federal cases involving Illinois.
  • Finding Aids

    There is one type of finding aid for legal citations in the Library: KeyCite.

    1. KeyCite is the citation research service from West. Using KeyCite, you can quickly determine whether a case, statute, administrative decision, or federal regulation is good law and find cases and other sources that cite it. Access to KeyCite is now available in Westlaw Next.

    Court Websites

    U.S. Supreme Court
    This is the web site for the U.S. Supreme Court. It includes rulings and oral arguments.

    Federal Judicial Center
    This web site explains the federal courts.

    Illinois Courts
    This is the main page for all the court systems in Illinois.

    DuPage County Courts
    Court information and online forms for the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, IL.

    Certified Paralegal Exam

    The Library has several resources to assist you in preparing for the Certified Paralegal Exam. For more information about the exam, see National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).


    • CP Study Guide and Mock Examination, 5th edition.
      Career & College Info Collection KF320.L4 N375 2014
      "These sample questions represent the general nature of the Certified Paralegal examination."--t.p.
    • Certified Paralegal Review Manual : A Practical Guide to CP Exam Preparation, 4th edition.
      Career & College Info Collection KF320.L4 K64 2014
    • NALA Manual for Paralegals and Legal Assistants, 6th edition.
      Career & College Info Collection KF320.L4 N34 2015
    • The Elements of Style
      General PE 1408 .S772 1999
      "Adopted by the NALA Certifying Board as the authority for the Communications section of the examination."
    • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation
      Reference KF245 .B58 2010
      "Adopted by the NALA Certifying Board as the authority for the Legal Research section."


    Learning Express Library
    Learning Express Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons succeed in the academic or licensing tests they must pass. Features include immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of results. Good for help with reading, vocabulary, spelling, and grammar skills.

    Getting Started

    The legal collection covers many areas. Below are some of the most popular research needs.

    Really don't know where to start? Try FindLaw. This comprehensive web site includes case law, statutes, codes, forms and a find-a-lawyer option. Free registration allows access to more. The Public Library of Law is another user-friendly site and includes case law (back to 1997), statutes, codes, Supreme Court decisions and court rules.

    Don't see your topic? Submit your ideas for future "Getting Started" guides.


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