Comprehensive databases with simple definitions of legal terms for dummies include websites for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts legal glossary and Nolo's online free dictionary of law terms and legal definitions. Additionally, the Nolo website has a succinct guide on how to conduct legal research.
To access the U.S. Courts glossary, go to the main page of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts website, scroll down, and click on Glossary of Legal Terms in the menu at the bottom of the page. Click on any letter of the alphabet to find definitions in alphabetical order. To access the Nolo free dictionary, go to the Nolo main page, scroll down, and click on Law Dictionary under Free Legal Information. The Nolo free dictionary listings are considerably more comprehensive than the U.S. Court listings.
Access the Nolo legal research guide by clicking on Legal Research under Free Legal Information on the Nolo main page. The guide offers tips on how to choose the correct search terms when finding appropriate statutes, how to understand the terminology of legal statutes, how to be sure statutes are current, when to consult local ordinances and when to consult state and federal law. It also offers guidelines on how to use court cases to understand statutes, according to Nolo.