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Consumer Law Manuals' Companion Web Sites

The Consumer Law Manuals set includes these titles: Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice (2006 8th ed. and 2008 Supp.), Fair Debt Collection (2008 6th ed. and 2009 Supp.), Consumer Credit Regulation, (2012); Foreclosures: Mortgage Servicing, Mortgage Modifications and Foreclosure Defense (2012); Mortgage Lending (2012); Repossessions (7th ed. and 2011 Supp.), Student Loan Law (4th ed. and 2011 Supp.), Access to Utility Service (2011 5th ed.), Truth in Lending (7th ed. and 2011 Supp.), Fair Credit Reporting (7th ed. and 2011 Supp.), Credit Discrimination (5th ed. And 2012 Supp.), Consumer Banking and Payments Law (2009 4th ed.), Collection Actions (2d ed. and 2012 Supp.), Consumer Class Actions (7th ed. and 2012 Supp.), Consumer Law Pleadings (Website and 2011 Index Guide), Consumer Arbitration Agreements (6th ed. and 2011 Supp.), Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices (7th ed. and 2011 Supp), Automobile Fraud (2011 4th ed.), and Consumer Warranty Law (2010 4th ed. and 2012 Supp.) which are shelved at the Reference Desk in the main Oakland library and occasionally present in the Hayward Branch. Each National Consumer Law Center companion website contains the appendices of the corresponding book plus much additional material such as forms.

CCH Federal and California Taxes

CCH Federal and California Taxes, (Wolters Kluwer) listed below, is available in the Oakland and Hayward libraries on the public computers and over WiFi to your laptops and smart electronic devices at

CCH Standard Federal Tax Reporter
Tax Research Consultant
Federal Tax Forms
Fed and State Forms
IRS Pubs
Primary Source Material including Cases/Code/Regs (much more than in print)
Tax Court Reports
California State Reporter
State Tax Smart Charts
Tax Prep Partner - 1040
Tax Prep Partner - 1065
Tax Prep Partner - 1120
Tax Prep Partner - 1120S
Tax Prep Partner - 1041
Tax Prep Partner - 5500
Tax Prep Partner - 706/709
Tax Prep Partner -990
Tax Prep Partner-Payroll


DissoMaster™, a premier support calculation program in California makes it easy to use all the tools needed to evaluate support options and prepare marital dissolution settlements by: calculating guideline net income from gross income; calculating guideline child support; calculating guideline temporary spousal support or user-entered postjudgment support; helping create optional settlements that meet specific goals while providing maximum tax savings; and easily changing entries for income and expenses and altering the program's assumptions to accommodate a variety of individual circumstances. In addition to determining guideline awards, DissoMaster suggests alternate awards that usually decrease the combined tax liability of the payor and the recipient while meeting the goals specified by the person inputting information. When the combined tax liability is decreased, the parties have more income to split. DissoMaster uses income tax schedules to calculate support, rather than withholding tables which only approximate actual taxes. DissoMaster also calculates and integrates federal and state taxes and credits.


HeinOnline provides the full text of more than 1,200 law reviews and journals beginning with volume one. For a list of the law reviews and journals click here. The PDF format means that footnotes appear on the same page as the related text. Tables and illustrations appear exactly as in the print law review. Please click on the Law Journal Quick Reference Guide (PDF - 742kB) for more information. HeinOnline is available in the library on most library computers and available over WiFi to your laptops at

Law Journal Directory

The "Law Journals Directory" lists all the journals and law reviews available in LexisNexis, Westlaw and HeinOnline:

Journals and Law Reviews by Abbreviation (PDF - 452kB)
his worksheet is arranged by the journal abbreviation, and lists the journal or law review in the second column.

Journals and Law Reviews by Title (PDF - 678kB)
This worksheet has the titles in the first column, with the second column containing the abbreviations.

Journals & Databases (PDF - 273kB)
This worksheet is arranged by title, and lists the volumes or issues that are available in LexisNexis, Westlaw and HeinOnline.

Law Journals with free online access


LEXIS provides searching, printing and e-mailing of federal primary law such as federal cases, USCS (United States Code Service), and federal regulations as well as all 50 states' codes and cases. For California, LEXIS supplies Deering's California Code Annotated. Pleading and Practice in full text with forms is now available. LEXIS is available only from desktop computers within the libraries.

NOLO (EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center)

Provides more than 220 online full text legal reference books and thousands of legal forms, the majority from Nolo, the nation's oldest provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses including: California specific books and forms, business law, property and real estate, rights and disputes and much more. These books and forms may be searched, printed and e-mailed both from within the library and outside the library. Laptop access is available to Legal Information Reference Center materials and forms in both libraries via WiFi. Please click on EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center to connect to this database from anywhere. It is also available from the public computers' menu at the Main Library and on a public computer at the Branch Library in Hayward. For information on how to use the this database click here. (PDF - 340kB)


Provides web access to all of CEB's print materials in such areas as Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, and Workmen's Compensation. Laptop access is available to CEB's materials and its downloadable forms in Word at in both libraries via WiFi. OnLAW is available on several public computers at the Main Library and on a public computer at the Branch Library in Hayward.


Federal and state cases and codes may be verified and new citations found by using this web-based service. Features Lexis access to full text of cases and codes as well as printing and E-mail capabilities from library workstations. The library has replaced most of its hardcopy Shepards Citations sets with this online service.


VerdictSearch finds dollar amounts from jury verdicts, settlement agreements, judgments, and ADR decisions which can be searched by type of injury, cause of action, plaintiff by age or gender, court , presiding judge, key word, and expert witness from all states or one state. This database can help in evaluating whether to take a case, what damages to ask for, and how to evaluate settlement offers. Please click on brochure (PDF - 207kB) for more information.

Westlaw and WestlawNext

Westlaw and WestlawNext with cases, statutes and regulations for all 50 states and the US; American Law Reports, American Jurisprudence and California Jurisprudence legal encyclopedias; California Litigation and Transactions Forms Library; all Rutter Group titles; KeyCite citation checking tool.

WestlawNext is available inside the library via wi-fi at this link:

Alameda County Law Library
125 Twelfth Street
Oakland, CA 94607-4912

Hayward Branch Library
224 W. Winton Avenue
Hayward, CA 94544

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