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The Gould Law Library: Resources

This guide gives an overview of the materials in the Gould Law Library. Library policies are briefly explained

Primary Sources

The Gould Law Library has an extensive collection of primary sources (cases, statutes, rules and regulations). For assistance locating any of these sources, please see a librarian in the reference office. 

Common Law:

Common law, or case law, can be found in print on both the first and second floors of the library or on Westlaw or Lexis Advance. The Federal Reporter (KF 105 .W4) and all regional reporters (KF135 .A7-KF135 .S8) are located on the first floor directly across from the circulation desk. The New York Reports (KFN5045 .A2), New York Supplements (KFN5045 .A32), and New York Appellate Division Reports (KFN5048 .A2) are located on the second floor of the library. The following are helpful sources for your case law research;

Search Westlaw by Key Number

American Law Reports (KF245 .A5) First Floor

New York Digests (KFN5057 .A2) Second Floor

Words and Phrases (KF156 .W672) First Floor--Reference


The library has federal and New York State statutes available in print and online for students and faculty. Statutes at Large and the United States Code (KF61 .A2) are located on the first floor. The United States Code Annotated (KF62 .W4) is located on the first floor and available via Westlaw. The library no longer carries a print copy of the United States Code Service, but it is available via Lexis AdvanceConsolidated Laws of New York is available online and Mckinney's Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated (KFN5030 1939 .A23) is located on the second floor and available via Westlaw and New York Consolidated Laws Service via Lexis Advance.

Administrative Law:

Administrative Laws are the rules and regulations passed by federal agencies. The library collects the publications containing administrative laws on the first floor of the library. The major publications are the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations, or CFR (KF70 .A3), located on the first floor or online. The New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) is located online and in print (KFN5035 .A2) on the second floor.

Secondary Sources

In addition to primary sources, the library has information that helps to explain and interpret the law.  The kinds of secondary sources the library has available in print include treatises, law reviews, and legal encyclopedias. These will undoubtedly facilitate your research.

Legal Encyclopedias:

Legal encyclopedias are secondary sources that describe and explain the law. Though they tend to rely mostly on case-law in their summaries, they are nevertheless excellent introductory materials into the entire body of the law. The library has in print the two most recognized national legal encyclopedias: American Jurisprudence 2d (KF154 .A42) and Corpus Juris Secundum (KF154 .C67). Our print copies are located on the first floor of the library in the Reference section. New York's legal encyclopedia, New York Jurisprudence 2d (KFN5065 .N48), is located on the second floor of the library, or click the title to be taken to Westlaw's electronic copy.

Law Reviews:

Law reviews are academic legal journals that are usually published at regular intervals (e.g. quarterly) throughout the year. The Gould Law Library subscribes to a number of databases, like HeinOnline, that collects e-journals published by the top law schools in the country.

Treatises and Study Aids:

Treatises address a particular topic of law and summarize and analyze the topic, often evaluating common law in their explanations. They generally serve as vital legal research guides in a specialized field. The types of treatises vary and can range from multi-volume sets to single monographs on narrow topics. Treatises are scattered throughout the library. Many are located on the first and second floors. The Reserve room also has popular treatises, such as hornbooks, handbooks, manuals and Nutshells that will help you better understand a certain legal topic. Study aids, also located in the Reserve room, will help you prepare for your mid-terms and final exams. These can be checked out but are In Library Use only. The library also has a subscription to Westalw Study Aids. Use your Westlaw OnePass account to sign up for an account. 

Other Materials

The library has an extensive and developing Foreign and International Law print collection. The section contains constitutions as well as treatises. Information on topics such as International Arbitration, Human Rights and other legal and ethical issues can be found here. This section is located on the second floor of the library. General books (A-JX, L-Z) unrelated to law, but which could still be helpful in your research, are located in the compact shelving area on the concourse level. Our Judaica Collection contains materials related to Jewish Law, history and philosophy. It is located on the third floor.