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Massachusetts Legal Literature in a Nutshell: Secondary Source Law Posted on Jan 7

Massachusetts Legal Literature in a Nutshell: Secondary Source Law

Secondary source material, information about the law, rather than the law itself, is not so readily accessible online for free. Secondary sources are invaluable for analysis and understanding what to do with the primary sources. Black’s Law Dictionary can help define the words; but much   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Legal Literature in a Nutshell: Secondary Source Law

Massachusetts Legal Literature in a Nutshell: Primary Source Law Posted on Jan 6

Massachusetts Legal Literature in a Nutshell: Primary Source Law

Understanding the structure of how legal literature is organized depends upon understanding how the three branches of government work. In Massachusetts, we can access primary source law from all three branches online.   Legislative material Acts and Resolves: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Search  (1997-Date)                            http://archives.lib.state.ma.us/handle/123456789/2   (1692-2009) Each bill that   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Legal Literature in a Nutshell: Primary Source Law

Visualizing the Law – Creating Online Tools to See Context Posted on Dec 8

Visualizing the Law – Creating Online Tools to See Context

Reading law, in a print environment, allows the reader to see context. Bibliographies, research guides, tables of contents, indices, and digests add meaning to place the statute, case or treatise in context. Some of the meaning gets lost when we access the law in an   …Continue Reading Visualizing the Law – Creating Online Tools to See Context

A Rare Book: The Case of Tilton v. Beecher Posted on Dec 2

A Rare Book:  The Case of Tilton v. Beecher

  In addition to the most up-to-date law books, serials, and online legal resources, the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries maintain collections of rare and historical books on legal topics.   These rare book collections are distributed among the various law libraries in the statewide system.   …Continue Reading A Rare Book: The Case of Tilton v. Beecher

Free Consumer Information Posted on Dec 1

Free Consumer Information

The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation publishes a variety of free pamphlets on subjects of interest to consumers. “Tenant Rights and Responsibilities” and “Landlord Rights and Responsibilities” are among the most popular. Text only versions of the tenant and landlord pamphlets are   …Continue Reading Free Consumer Information

Black Friday Shopping Tips: Gift Cards and More Posted on Nov 27

If you are one of the thousands of people who plan to do some shopping today, the Attorney General’s Office has a terrific Guide to Retail Rights in Massachusetts that you should browse before you go. The guide includes information on gift cards, warranties, returns, consumer privacy. law   …Continue Reading Black Friday Shopping Tips: Gift Cards and More

City and Town Ordinances and Bylaws Posted on Sep 23

City and Town Ordinances and Bylaws

Some areas of law are governed by federal law, some by state law, and some by cities and towns.  These distinctions can be difficult to pin down at times.  Minimum wages have been established at all levels, right down to the local level in San   …Continue Reading City and Town Ordinances and Bylaws

Finding a Specific Law Posted on Sep 17

You may need to find a specific law, perhaps the “lemon law” or the pothole law or alimony…  There are a couple of ways to  find the specific statute.  First, you can try our A to Z topics page. You will find links to the statutes   …Continue Reading Finding a Specific Law

Mass. Consumer Resource Center Online Posted on Aug 20

” The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Consumer Advocacy Task Force has launched a Consumer Law Resource Center on MassLawHelp.com, homepage of the MBA’s Lawyer Referral Service, providing a ‘clearinghouse’ of useful links, quick-tip videos and answers to some of the most frequently asked consumer protection questions.” Topics   …Continue Reading Mass. Consumer Resource Center Online

The Lincoln M. Grant case and the power of books Posted on Jun 30

The Lincoln M. Grant case and the power of books

Several years ago, a woman came into our library with a question that only a book could answer.  She had heard a rumor that a murder was committed on or near her property in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, many years ago, and she didn’t know if the building where   …Continue Reading The Lincoln M. Grant case and the power of books