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LGL 125: Legal Research (AL): Legal Reference

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Reference Books at Alexandria Library

Virginia Resources at Alexandria Library

The following primary and secondary resources for Viriginia are held at NOVA Alexandria Library:

Online Encyclopedias

Access other online encyclopedias by going to the Library's home page ( and clicking on "Articles"  Then, look under the heading "Facts, Reference, People."

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of full-text specialized encyclopedias, which can be good sources of background information, topic overviews, and basic facts about a topic.

Virginia Resources at GMU Law Library

The following primary and secondary resources for Viriginia are held at George Mason University (GMU) Law Library:

  • Code of Virginia
  • Virginia Administrative Code
  • Virginia Register
  • Virginia Reports
  • Virginia Forms
  • Michie's Jurisprudence of Virginia and West Virginia
  • West's Virginia
  • West's Virginia Digest
  • Supreme Court Records and Briefs
  • Acts of Assembly
  • House and Senate Documents

Click here for a map of the GMU Law Library.

Click here for a guide to the GMU Law Library.

How to Use West's Digest

NexisUni (formerly LexisNexis): Legal Reference

1)  In Nexis Uni, click on the Menu dropdown in the upper left and select "All Sources." 

2)  In the Category filter, click on More and select Law Reviews & Journals.


3)  In the Category section, select either Dictionaries or Jurisprudence (or select both by clicking on "Select multiple").

4)  Select one of the sources to search in ("Add source as search filter").

LexisNexis: Court Rules

In Nexis Uni:

1) Select Advanced Search (under the search box).

2) Select specific content type >  "Court Rules"