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Criminal Law: Getting Started

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University of Iowa access UI Access Only
College of Law access Law Access Only
Password required Password Required
CD-ROM resource CD-ROM
Public Access Public Access
Available in Print Available in Print
Available on Microform Available on Microform
Westlaw WestlawNext - Required Password
Lexis Advance Lexis Advance - Password Required
Bloomberg Law 


Criminal law is a broad topic to research, since it touches so many aspects of society, from wrongs against a person, to offenses against property, to corporate crime. This guide is intended to assist researchers in locating primary and secondary materials relating to U.S. and state criminal law in the University of Iowa Law Library’s collections.

General Advice: To simplify criminal law research, use secondary authority or study aids, such as a legal encyclopedia, a treatise or a West Hornbook, to identify an appropriate subtopic of criminal law. These secondary sources can lead you to appropriate primary sources, such as statutes and cases related to the specific topic.

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