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Paralegal: Paralegal Resources

Information resources for Paralegal students and also resources on general law issues.

Article Databases

Online Reference Sources - Legal


In addition to the print collection, ACC students and faculty also have access to numerous online reference resources. 

For example, "Gale Virtual Reference Library" is a large library database that contains numerous reference resources including a variety of legal reference resources. 

A partial listing of online materials within "Gale Virtual Reference Library" is provided below.

  • The Bill of Rights , 5v,  2005
  • Capital Punishment: Cruel and Unusual? , 2006
  • Constitutions of the World from the Late 18th Century to the Middle of the 19th Century--Europe: Sources on the Rise of Modern Constitutionalism , Vol. 2 2006
  • Crime and Punishment in America Reference Library , 5v,  2005
  • Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2002
  • Encyclopedia of Interest Groups and Lobbyists in the United States , 2v,  2000
  • Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement , 3v,  2005
  • Encyclopedia of Politics , 2v,  2005
  • Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities , 2v,  2005
  • Encyclopedia of the American Constitution , 2nd ed.,  6v,  2000
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law , 3d.,  2v,  2013
  • Gale Encyclopedia of World History: Governments , 2v,  2008
  • Major Acts of Congress , 3v,  2004
  • National Survey of State Laws , 6th ed.,  2008
  • National Survey of State Laws , 5th ed.,  2005
  • Political Theories for Students , 2002
  • West's Encyclopedia of American Law , 2nd ed.,  13v,  2004


Zimmerman's Research Guide: An Online Encyclopedia for Legal Researchers - Free resource from a lawyer. Covers all area of the law.

Paralegal Writing and Research

Paralegal Apps

Apps (little software applications) allow you to customize your tablet to do the things you like to do. Some of the apps listed are free, while others are fee-based. Additionally, some apps are initially free, and then require in-app purchases if more features and functionality are desired. Listed, you will find some app recommendations we have come up with through trial, error, and our own experiences.

ACC Library Services does not endorse any fee-based apps nor it is liable for reimbursement of any apps paid for by patrons. Please refer to the Tablet Circulation Policy for further details.

LawStack - Download CFR, USC, rules, and state law to your mobile device

FastcaseFastcase for Android is a free legal research application, putting the American law library in the palm of your hand. Fastcase contains cases and statutes from all 50 states and from the federal government. You can search by citation, keyword (in Boolean or natural language), or browse statute collections.

NOLO's English Law Dictionary- A law dictionary for the 21st Century! As the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses, Nolo now offers students, accountants, paralegals, and everyone whose work or life is touched by the law, a complete and up-to-date legal dictionary—designed for the palm of your hand


Black's Law Dictionary - For more than a century, Black’s Law Dictionary® has been the gold standard for the language of law. Today, it’s the most widely cited law book in the world. By Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner, the 10th Edition is the most comprehensive law dictionary ever published. It contains more than 50,000 terms, including more than 16,000 new definitions.

Free Online Resource

Free Web Resource

Law Review Commons

Texas Paralegal Journal - State Bar of Texas Paralegal Divison. 


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