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PARL: Paralegal Studies: Home

This guide will help you locate and use legal resources owned by the Paul & Harriett Mack Library at Northampton Community College.

Borrow Real Books with Library to Go!

Good news! Even though the Library's physical facilities are closed due to the coronavirus, NCC students, faculty and staff are still able to borrow real paper books and other materials using our Library to Go service. You can choose contactless pickup on campus, or free delivery to your home. 

Open the Word document below for details. Click here to use our request form.

GET HELP from a LIBRARIAN when you're working ONLINE

Hello, Online Students!

Need help with finding sources, searching databases, formatting citations, or deciding on a paper topic? The NCC Librarians are ready to help. Even though we're all working from home just like you, we can chat online during the following hours:

May 24th - August 13th, 2021

  • Monday through Thursday    10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Go to the Library's home page and click on the orange "Ask the Librarian" icon to start chatting. 

For more ways to reach us, and a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), click here. You can also send an e-mail question to, or set up a private online appointment with a librarian by using the "Book A Librarian" request form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Library Resources for Paralegal Studies

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This Research Guide will help you to locate and use Library resources for NCC's Paralegal Studies program, including books, periodicals, online subscription databases and websites.

Program Description

NCC's Paralegal Studies program has been approved by the American Bar Association. Students will learn how a paralegal, working under the general supervision of an attorney, contributes to the delivery of legal services; master state-of-the-art computer software and hardware; and become a productive, efficient professional within the ever-changing legal profession. Graduates will be ready to accept positions as paralegals, trust coordinators, title searchers, settlement clerks, or litigation specialists. Please note that paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

NEW Research Tools in Westlaw!

The Westlaw database has added a new tool called Company Investigator. It provides access to a variety of corporate directory and financial information, and legal documents such as SEC filings, lawsuits, and analyses of potential liability. Here is where to find it on the Westlaw home page:


There are also two new collections of documents linked directly to this page, concerning Civil Rights and COVID-19.



The Civil Rights documents cover topics such as police misconduct, malicious prosecution, the First Amendment right to protest, and voting rights.

The COVID-19 materials are categorized as follows:

  • Federal legislation
  • Presidential proclamations and Executive orders
  • Administrative decisions and guidance
  • Cases
  • Court emergency orders and information
  • Regulations
  • State statutes.

Meet Your Librarian

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Anne Bittner
Mack Library
Northampton Community College
College Center, 4th Floor
Subjects: Business, Paralegal

Prepared By

This Research Guide was updated on May 26, 2021 by Anne Bittner.