Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources
Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 396 pages
From the cover. Finding the Answers to Legal Questions : A How-To-Do-It Manual is a comprehensive guide to help public librarians confidently assist users in finding the legal information they need whether for self-representation, to be an informed consumer of legal service, or to learn the US legal system, the workings of the courts, and common questions likely to arise. Authors Virginia Tucker and Marc Lampson provide a clearly organized, easy-to-use resource packed with guidance to help librarians answer questions that span the gamut of the law. There is an overview of fundamental legal information, including the basic structure of th e US legal system and primary law, and how-to instructionsfor finding primary law in print sources, free websites, and pay-for-view databases. The authors share tips for conducting a legal reference interview and describe common legal questions across a number of different areas, includung lawsuits, family law, landlord-tenant disputes, wills and estate planning, debt, bankruptcy, employment, and criminial law. The authors also explain how to build a basic legal reference collection, including a how-to guide for creating a basic website of legal links and for building a small, low-cost collection of print resources.
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