Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.
- Excellent place to start research.
- Provide background information.
- Include basic information sources like dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, chronologies, and research guides.
- American Jurisprudence 2
- KF 75 .A47 1962 Ref.
- The subtitle of this set describes it well. "A Modern Comprehensive Text Statement of American law, State and Federal." Our print subscription to this title ended in 2003. We do have access to current information through Westlaw Campus
- Texas Jurisprudence 3d.
- KFT 1280 .T490 1979 Ref.
- An encyclopedia of more than 400 items describing Texas legal doctrine, including legislative acts as well as points of law determined in both Texas and federal courts. Updated quarterly with pocket parts and with supplements as needed.
- United States Code Annotated
- KF 62 1927 .W45 Ref.
- The text of "all laws of a general and permanent nature enacted by Congress." Also referred to as U.S.C. or U.S.C.A. We also have access to this through Westlaw Campus. Most easily used in the print format. Our print subscription is updated semi-annually through pocket parts and/or supplemental volumes.
- Vernon's Texas Code Annotated
- KFT 1230.5 .V4 Ref.
- Some parts of this are entitled Vernon's Annotated Statutes and Codes. Our print subscription updated by pocket parts and supplemental volumes as necessary. We also have access to this through Westlaw Campus. Most easily used in the print format.
- U.S. Code Annotated Popular Name Table
- KF 62 1927 .W45 Popular Name Table 2010 Ref.
- One of the annual indexes. A similar kind of index may be found online Popular Name Tool made available by The United States Code Office of Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Cornette Library's online catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search for your subject, such as employment law.
- the general LC subject heading labor laws and legislation.
- the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as labor laws and legislation - United States.
To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.
- Online catalog for libraries around the world.
- Lists Cornette Library books along with many more in other libraries.
- Search by keyword, author, title, or subject.
- Request books not in Cornette Library through the pre-filled Interlibrary loan form. Allow at least two weeks for the books to arrive.
Provide current information
- Library shelves contain more than 1500 bound and current journals.
- Microform (film or fiche) available for dozens of leading newspapers, as well as other periodicals.
- Databases index articles found in journals and magazines.
- Citation only;
- Citation and a short summary of the article (abstract);
- Full text;
- General, covering many kinds of topics, and specialized, for specific disciplines.
- For this assignment be sure to use scholarly sources, not general interest magazines. The differences are important, for citation and for evaluating reliability.
How to Access Databases
- On-campus: In the library or HELC.
- Off-campus: Login with your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).
- Database citations not in full-text may be located in Cornette Library's online catalog, or the list of online journals.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles inaccessible through Cornette library. Allow up to 3 weeks for articles to arrive.
- Business Source Complete
- Comprehensive coverage of business journals and periodicals and subjects.
- LexisNexis Academic
- One portion of this database allows searching of legal materials including federal and state cases, federal and state statutes, and law reviews.
- Westlaw Campus
- Allows searching of legal materials including federal and state cases, federal and state statutes, and law reviews, as well as several of the larger legal encyclopedias and Vernon's Texas Codes and Statutes.
- Displays in most of our databases. Links from a citation to one or more of the following:
- One or more links to full-text of the cited article,
- A link to a pre-set search of the Cornette Library catalog for the cited item,
- A link to a pre-filled Interlibrary Loan request form for the article, or
- A link to various help options.
- For more information see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles
- Ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or Periodicals Desk (second floor).
- Call 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open.
- Use the "Ask A Librarian" form for electronic reference support.
Cornette Library collects United States federal and Texas state documents on many topics.
- Most U.S. documents published since 1994 are listed in the Cornette Library's online catalog.
- For older documents, you will need to use the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications.
- We also have British Parliamentary Papers from 1731-1978/79 in microform.
Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications
- Indexes all United States government documents made available through the Government Printing Office.
- Includes Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.).
- Dates available include:
- Documents/Reference (1913-present).
- Online via FirstSearch. (1976-present)
- The World Wide Web is an excellent source of information.
- Not everything found on the Web is accurate.
- You must evaluate information on the Web.
Links to Specific Federal Laws and Items in the U.S. Code
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This page lists the original act and laws that have amended it with links to the amended statute.
- Civil Rights Act of 1866
- Civil Rights Act of 1991
- Civil Right Restoration Act of 1987
- Civil Service Reform Act of 1978
- Code of Federal Regulations
- Consolidated Omnibus Budget Act of 1985 (COBRA)
- Drug Free Workplace Act of 1998. Go to pages 708-711 of the PDF to see the text of this act.
- Electronics Communications Privacy Act of 1986
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
- Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972
- Equal Pay Act of 1963
- Executive Order 11246
- Fair Credit Reporting Act
- Fair Labor Standards Act
- Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended
- Fair Minimum Wage Act 0f 2007
- Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
- Federal Arbitration Act of 1925
- Federal Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988
- Federal Employee's Compensation Act of 1916
- Federal Employer's Liability Act of 1908
- Federal Employer's Liability Act of 1908. Another place to locate this act.
- Freedom of Information Act
- Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
- Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002 (38 U.S.C.A.)
- Landrum-Griffin Act of 1959. Also known as the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959.
- The Longshore and Harbor Worker's Service Compensation Act
- National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (Wagner Act)
- National Labor Relations Act of 1938 as codified in the U.S.C.
- National Labor Relations Act of 1947. Also known as the Taft Hartley Act of 1947 or the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947
- Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932
- North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
- Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
- Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
- Privacy Act of 1974
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act
- Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944
- Texas Arbitration Act
- Texas Workers' Compensation. Scroll down to Title 5 - Workers' Compensation.
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Uniform Trade Secrets Act
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
- Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA PATRIOT ACT)
- Vietnam Era Veterans's Readjustment Act of 1974 as amended
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. A fact sheet about the act from the Department of Labor.
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. A report prepared for the Congressional Research Service that outlines provisions of the WARN Act.
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. A summary of Senate Bill 2527 that subsequently became P.L. 100-379 with the popular name of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
Websites to Locate Legislation
- Searchable lists of annotated web sites, discussion lists, and electronic journals that have met specific selection criteria.
- Scout Report Archives
- Scholarly. Keyword or advanced search. Results listed by relevance.
- INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
- Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
- ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
- General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU Code of Student Life: Appendix I-Academic Integrity Code)
a serious offense that can result in failure or expulsion.
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
- Dr. Rider requires you to use either the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th edition) or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition)
- Copies of these manuals are located at the Reference Desk.
- Additional assistance is available from our Citation Basics web page.
- Suggestions for improvements?
- Particularly helpful items?
- Please email Linda Chenoweth.