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Researching Domestic Violence & the Law: Secondary Legal Sources

short guide on resources for researching DV law

Agency Materials

In addition to regulations, agencies publish lots of good research materials. While anything outside of regulations (and sometimes authorized adjudication,) is not the law itself, agency materials have a high persuasive value. The type of materials, depth of materials, and ease of access of materials can vary greatly among agencies. Once you have identified a topic it is a good idea to spend a little time perusing the websites of relevant agencies.

For federal agencies you might try:

States also have their own administrative branches. Most state websites will have a list of the state agencies. In Illinois that list is available here


Reports & Articles

How to Use the UIUC Catalog

Searching the UIUC online catalog:

There are three different library catalogs to search, try them in this order:

  • The U of I catalog includes only the holdings at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
  • The I-Share catalog searches the catalogs of 85 Illinois academic libraries (easiest way to borrow a book not in our collection)  
  • WorldCat searches a worldwide network of libraries. (netID and password will be needed to access off campus)

If you want a specific item search by title or author.  If your not sure what you want try a keyword search.  Both the UIUC catalog and I-Share use the same interface.  For those, on the right side of the results page there will be column you can use to narrow your search results.  For example if you go under the 'location' heading and select 'law' you will limit the search results to "LAW" in order to locate only those items in the law library.

If you can't find what you need in the UIUC or I-Share catalogs, try WorldCat. We can request books from non-I-Share libraries, but plan ahead because these request need more time to process.


For more information on how to use the library catalog ask at the law library reference desk or if you're shy try this LibGuide.

Blawgs & Blogs

Blogs are a great place to get started with topic selection or to get a pulse on the current conversation.

Below is a list of some blogs to get you started.

News Sources