Pennsylvania Legal Research Handbook Now Available for Purchase

The newly-updated Pennsylvania Legal Research Handbook is your comprehensive and exhaustive guide to Pennsylvania legal information resources in all available media. The revised edition addresses the methods of meeting the multiple challenges faced by legal researchers across the commonwealth.

Duquesne Center for Legal Information/Allegheny County Law Library authors Professor Frank Y. Liu, Dr. Joel Fishman, Dittakavi Rao, and Tsegaye Beru integrate coverage of print materials, Lexis, Westlaw, and other online sources wherever applicable.

Chapters include coverage of Constitutions, Legislation, Legislative History, Municipal Law, Administration Law, Case Law, Court Rules, Secondary Sources, and Law Libraries & Organizations.

For more information, please contact The Center for Legal Information at 412.396.5017.

Important Tips on Using Shepards PA Citations in Print and Online

First, for statutory research, Shepards online in Lexis DOES NOT let you shepardize a state statute by public law citation, e.g., 1911 P.L. 30. However, the PRINT version in the two-volume statute ed. gives you the citations.

Second, for constitutional law research, the two main constitutions of 1874 and 1968 have separate sections in the PRINT version of Shepards PA Citations, but in Lexis, the citations are MIXED together and NOT separated from each other. Shepardizing Pa. Constitution Article IX (9), Section 1 will bring up citations to the uniformity clause in taxation (previously Art. IX (9), Section 1 of the 1874 Constitution and now Article VIII (8), section 1 of the 1968 constitution).

Furthermore, the earlier constitutions of 1776, 1790, and 1838 will do the same thing; articles and sections will be picked up in the citator but you will have to look and verify the version of the constitution.
The same applies to KeyCite as well.

DCLI Policy Information for New and Returning Students

Checking Out Books

Please bring the desired materials to the Circulation Desk for check out. Duquesne ID is required. The Circulation Desk is located at the entrance to the Center on the second floor. Students have the privilege of checking out books from DCLI and ACLL. A total of fifteen (15) items may be checked out at a time with a maximum of seven (7) ACLL items at a time. DCLI materials circulate to students for two (2) weeks and may be renewed once. ACLL items circulate for one week and may be renewed once.

Copier Machines

2nd floor: near the stairs behind stack A23 (one machine accepts cash), 1st floor: room 120, and ground floor: room G-07

ID Card price:
7 cents per page
Cash price:
10 cents per page

Duquesne Dollars may be applied to your ID card using the machine next to the copier on the second floor of the Center and from the Card Center.

Legal News Links

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Latest Legal Links

Congressional Universe


Congressional Universe is an excellent resource for legislative history research. It provides access to the CIS Index which indexes and abstracts congressional publications and CIS legislative histories as well as provides access to the full text of congressional reports, documents, prints, bills and Congressional Record, public laws, and United States Code Service.