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New e-books: Gale Virtual Reference Library/Law

New titles have been added to the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Titles have been purchased by Tampa; others acquired by USF Sarasota/Manatee on behalf of all of the USF Libraries. Here are the new titles in the area of Law.

National Survey of State Laws, 6th ed., 2008

This reference work helps to make state-by-state comparisons of current state laws – how they differ and how they’re similar – for a range of topics from abortion to drug possession to gun control to capital punishment. The book is organized into eight broad sections covering 42 topics of business, consumer, criminal, education, employment, family, real estate, tax, and general civil law. Within each section, charts compare each area of state law. The subject areas are preceded by a brief overview of the legal principles covered. When pertinent, a historical perspective or an explanation of a current controversy is added. Entries are then referenced to a specific code or statute enabling the reader to access the detailed text of the law elsewhere.

Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives , 3v, 2007

The three-volume one-million word Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives is one of the most comprehensive and international treatment of the law and society field ever undertaken. The Advisory Board of 62 members, from 20 countries and six continents, represents interdisciplinary perspectives on law from sociology, criminology, cultural anthropology, political science, social psychology, and economics. More than 700 entries are biographical, historical, comparative, topical, thematic, and methodological, varying from 500 to 5,000 words. The diversity of European, Latin American, Asian, African, and Australasian developments are for the first time presented in one place.

Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, 2v, 2003

This text is a practical guide dealing with the law and its everyday effect upon its citizens. Containing approximately 200 articles, the encyclopedia includes brief descriptions of each issue’s historical background, covering important statutes and cases; profiles of various U.S. laws and regulations; details of how laws and regulations vary from state to state, and; comprehensive bibliographies, including print and Web resources and lists of relevant organizations.

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