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Legal Research Guide for Public Patrons: Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to provide legal resources for individuals without any formal legal training.

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This guide is not intended to provide legal advice. If you need help resolving a legal problem or interpreting the law, you should reach out to a practicing attorney.

Library staff WILL:

  • Help patrons locate print or online resources
  • Show patrons how to use these resources

Library staff WILL NOT:

  • Perform legal research for patrons
  • Interpret the text of a law, regulation, or court opinion for a patron
  • Provide advice to patrons about specific legal procedures, court rules, or jurisdictions
  • Recommend specific legal forms or provide assistance in filling out legal forms
  • Review legal documents for the patron
  • Recommend specific attorneys or law firms
  • Perform any action that may be interpreted as providing legal advice or assistance

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