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Legal Resources at the Library

This LibGuide contains information about how to find legal information online and using the TCC library's resources.

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This guide contains information about how to find legal information online and using the TCC library's resources. 


Statutory Law

A law enacted by a legislative body - such as the United States Congress, or a state senate. Statutes are the primary source of law in the United States, and typically authorize an administrative agency (such as the Federal Communications Commission, or the Securities Exchange Commission) to adopt rules pursuant to the Statute. Rules are more specific laws that arise from the Statute. - Cornell Law School

Case Law

The law based on judicial opinions (including decisions that interpret statutes), as opposed to law based on statutes, regulations, or other sources. Also refers to the collection of reported judicial decisions within a particular jurisdiction dealing with a specific issue or topic. - Cornell Law School


A Regulation is an official rule. In the Government, certain administrative agencies have a narrow authority to control conduct, within their areas of responsibility. These agencies have been delegated legislative power to create and apply the rules, or "regulations". Derived from "regulate". - Cornell Law School

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PLST 150 Handout

The following handout provides an overview of the legal research resources available through the TCC Library. It is intended for students in PLST 150, however, it would be useful for anyone conducting legal research at TCC.

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