UMGC Library

Legal Research Tutorial: Books


A variety of books are available on legal topics including legal encyclopedias, practical handbooks, and scholarly books. Depending on the particular source, the level of coverage will range from brief overviews to in-depth treatises on a legal issue or concept. You have access to several resources that will help you locate books on legal topics:

  • You can search the online USMAI library catalog, to find legal books and other material held by University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) libraries. Please note that students who live in Maryland can have books delivered to a USMAI library near them for pickup and students who live in the continental US can have books sent to their home address via UPS. For more information, please see Book Borrowing & Delivery.
  • UMGC students have access to over 300,000 e-books, many covering legal issues. You can search the UMGC E-Book Collection, as well as some additional collections.
  • DocumentExpress is available for books that are not in the USMAI catalog and for book chapters.