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Legal Issues

Examine the topic of legal issues, which are legal questions that require a court’s involvement to decide. Legal issues differ from ethical and moral lapses in that they’re based on written principles, while ethical and moral issues are based on subjective ideas of right and wrong. It must be acknowledged, however, that legal issues are inherently intertwined with ethics and morality, which can make them subject to fierce public debate due to people’s differing views on the morality of a legal issue.

While legal issues can arise in any criminal or civil matter, the public discourse of legal issues often revolves around regulations dealing with controversial social issues such as abortion, human and civil rights, gun control, immigration, the death penalty, and privacy. Debates on legal issues can focus on the application of existing regulations, on the need to change existing statutes, or on the need for new regulations. The court system focuses on the interpretation or legality of an existing act, while Congress establishes new laws.

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Gale databases offer researchers or teachers access to credible, up-to-date publications for research or teaching.

Primary Source Archives

Gale Primary Sources offers journals and articles on legal issues that provide researchers with firsthand material.

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of legal eBooks covering a wide range of topics, including government orders, university libraries best practices, and more. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint the article most relevant to the topic. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • How Government Works: Executive Orders, 1st Edition

    How Government Works: Executive Orders, 1st Edition

    Cavendish Square Publishing | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781502640611

    The president’s ability to issue executive orders is a process steeped in misconceptions. This must-have volume looks at the history of this important executive power, explains executive orders that have had wide-ranging effects, and demonstrates the legal limits of the president’s power. With emphases on checks and balances put in place by the U.S. Constitution and responses from Congress and the Supreme Court to past executive orders, the book covers the objectives of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Contemporary examples of executive orders, such as President Trump’s orders related to immigration, provide background knowledge about key debates today.

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  • Law Librarianship in Academic Libraries: Best Practices, 1st Edition

    Law Librarianship in Academic Libraries: Best Practices, 1st Edition

    Chandos Publishing | 2015 | ISBN-13: 9780081001790

    This book discusses issues and model practices in university law libraries. The text will help librarians and university students understand the operation, resources, and facilities that are available in the academic law library. It explains the practices and trends that are widely practiced in different parts of the world. This book describes the expectations of an aspiring professional with an interest in specializing in law librarianship, revealing facts pertaining to management and administration that aren’t necessarily taught in library schools.

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