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Legal Information

Spiva Library

The print law collection located on the 4th floor of the library contains select volumes of the United States Code, Supreme Court Reporter, Federal Reporter, Missouri Statutes, Shepard's Acts and Cases and Shepard's Missouri Citations.  Spiva's print law collection is not comprehensive.  Much of the same and more current information can be found by searching, LexisNexis Academic (MSSU Only). Please read LexisNexis Academic Tutorials here.

LexisNexis Academic- provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information in a variety of formats including newspapers. 

Below are listings of additional online law resources.  Some are only accessible to MSSU students, faculty and staff via their Missouri Southern log on (MSSU Only).  Others are freely available to anyone.


ProQuest Criminal Justice 

Congressional Digest Debates Online

Dictionary of Law

Oxford Companion to American Law

Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States


Freely Accessible Websites

Bureau of Justice Statistics -source of current justice statistics that can be used to locate trends in crime, incarceration rates, and more.

Missouri State Agencies - descriptions and contact information.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service - federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information.

Rand Coporation: Civil Justice Research Area - research aims to help make the civil justice system more efficient and more equitable.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics -brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States.

United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network -electronic clearinghouse for criminal justice related issues coordinated by the United Nations Centre for International Crime Prevention.