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Welcome!: Research Help

An introductory guide to the services and resources of the Hamilton County Law Library, primarily intended for newer and prospective library users. The services described in the guide are typically restricted to paid subscribers and to county officials.

Disclaimer

Hamilton County Law Library staff, as a service to its patrons, provides reference services and information, including these research guides. To protect the public interest, Ohio law requires that legal advice and services be rendered only by qualified attorneys who are subject to the guidelines of the courts. Library staff members do not interpret the law, provide legal advice, or explain court procedures. The information provided is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. None of our services shall be construed as giving legal advice.

We Are Your Librarians

Let us help you with time-consuming legal information retrieval and research questions. One of the most valuable benefits we offer to subscribers and county officials is research guidance (often called "Reference" in libraries). We usually have three staff members on rotation who are available to help with research Monday through Friday from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm. What can we help with? Here is just a sampling of reference requests we have filled:

  • Case law searching by party names, topic, and other elements
  • Document delivery:  We can email or fax you cases, statutes, chapters of treatises etc.
  • Shepardizing:  We can Shepardize a case or a section of code and email or fax it to you.
  • Ohio Revised Code archives:  Need to know, for example, how ORC 2950 read in 1995? We have an extensive collection of archived Ohio statutes including the general code.
  • Forms:  Looking for a sample complaint or trust form, for example? We have a variety of print and online resources for sample forms.  We will send you sample documents, often in a fillable format.
  • Tough research topics:  Discuss your research question with us.  We don't give legal advice but we absolutely provide research guidance!

Let us know what you need and we can send it to you.  Call us at 513.946.5300 or email reference@cms.hamilton-co.org.

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