Research guides


Before You Begin

About Jenkins Law Library

Legal research can be difficult, even for someone who knows the law. The links in this guide will explain the research process and help you get started. Jenkins staff can help you do your own research, but because we are not lawyers, we cannot give you answers to your legal questions. In fact, we will tell you that you should consult an attorney if you have a legal problem.

Jenkins Law Library is open to the public for a fee of $5 per day (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5pm). You may conduct your own legal research using any of the print and electronic resources in our collection. Computers with access to legal databases like Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, and Cheetah may be used for 1 hour per day. Word processing computers, which also have access to the internet, and a typewriter are also available for extended use.

A reference librarian is available to assist with finding and using books and searching the legal databases on the computers. Librarians and staff at Jenkins Law Library are not able to give legal advice, select or fill out forms, write briefs or memorandum, or conduct any research for you. The information found in this guide is not a substitute for professional legal advice. Jenkins Law Library assumes no responsibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by users of this research guide or the links provided within it.

If you need further assistance, please see the Free or Low-Cost Legal Assistance or Find a Lawyer pages for contact information of organizations or lawyers that may be able to provide legal advice or representation.

Research Tip

Most resources in this guide are Pennsylvania-specific. For information on how to research other jurisdictions, please ask a librarian.