Research guides


Before You Begin

About Jenkins Law Library

Legal research can be very difficult, even for someone who knows the law. The links in this guide will help you get started with your research. 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. 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, and Bloomberg Law 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 the collection and computers, but cannot advise you on legal matters.

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 therein.

If you need further assistance, please see the Legal Assistance page for contact information of lawyers or organizations 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.