Where the Law Is: An Introduction to Advanced Legal Research

ISBN-10: 0314282335
ISBN-13: 9780314282330
Edition: 2012
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List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: West Group
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

This newly updated textbook and course reference is designed specifically for advanced legal research classes and for upper-level students who want to achieve a better understanding of how to use the sources of legal information that they learned about in their introductory courses. It provides in-depth guidance through the research process, advice on format selection, and detail about the tools and techniques needed to function as skilled legal researchers. Up to date discussion of all media is fully integrated throughout. It focuses on the types of information the researcher needs, rather than on descriptions of particular information products. The fourth edition discusses all the newest material available to legal researchers including: New sources of information on the Internet, including FDsys New subscription databases, including ProQuest Congressional New interface designs and features from the leading online vendors, including WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and and Bloomberg Law The fourth edition also features extensively updated material and new chapters on municipal law, court rules, and form books.

Location of Tables
Advanced Legal Research: Getting Started
What This Book Is About
What This Book Is Not About
Why You Must Make a Research Plan
Documenting What You Find: Citations
Documenting What You Find: Formats
What Source to Use?
Following Tangents: How Much Is Too Much?
How to Make a Research Plan
Best Uses of Full Text Searching
Best Uses of Field-Limited Searching
Best Uses of Searching Subject Indexed/Edited Data
What You Are Going to Look For
Statutes
Statutes First
Codes
Working With a Statutory Code Index
Selected Sources for the United States Code
Terms to Look Up in Code Indexes
Distinctions Between Code Indexes
Using a Code Index Online
Finding the Statute by Finding a Case
Working With the Structure of the Code
Code Currency
Choosing a Format in Which to Do Your Code Research
Choosing a Code Source
Codes of the Past
Renumbered Codes
Session Laws
Using Session Laws to Update the Code
Sources for United States Session Laws
Using Session Laws to Find New Laws Without Reference to Earlier Code Sections
Sources for New Federal Session Laws
Citations to Session Laws
Choosing a Source for Session Laws
Finding Laws That Will Never Make It Into the Code
Updating Uncodified Session Laws
Statutes More Conveniently Discussed in Their Original Session Law Form
Session Law Nomenclature vs. Code Nomenclature
Session Laws as Authentication of Code Language
Getting From a Code Section to Its Source in the Session Laws
Monster Session Laws: Omnibus Statutes
Reading the Session Law as an Aid to Understanding the Code
Finding Statutes by "Name"
Getting From a Session Law to the Corresponding Code Sections
Finding Bills
Finding a Bill by Subject
Online Sources of Congressional Bills
Finding a Bill by Bill Number, by Date, or by Sponsor
Cases Interpreting Statutes
Finding Cases in an Annotated Code
Currency of the Case Annotations
Revision of the Annotations
Cases Included in the Annotations
Case Annotations in Specialized Sources
Using a Citator to Find Cases Interpreting a Statute
Examples of Specialized Sources of Statute Annotations and How They Work
Using Full Text Searching to Find Cases Interpreting a Statute
Special Issues in State Statutory Research
Some Sources of Comparative State Statutes
Legislative History
Legislative History: When and Why?
Compiled Legislative Histories
Types of Legislative History Documents
Selected Sources of Compiled Federal Legislative Histories
Committee Reports
Sources for Committee Reports
Identifying Committee Reports About a Known Statute or Bill
Accessing Congressional Committee Reports
Finding Committee Reports by Subject
Identifying Congressional Committee Hearings
Accessing Congressional Committee Hearings
Sources of Committee Hearings
Unpublished Hearings
Identifying and Locating Committee Prints and House and Senate Documents
Identifying and Locating Bills as a Source of Legislative History
The Congressional Record
Sources of the Congressional Record
Congressional Record Pagination
Congressional Record Indexing
State Legislative History
Introducing Secondary Sources: Law Review Articles
Law Reviews as a Tool for the Legal Researcher
Finding Law Review Articles
Selected Legal Periodical Indexes
Looking for Articles by Subject
Looking for Articles by Case Name or Citation
Looking for Articles About a Statute
Looking for an Article by a Particular Author
Evaluating the Usefulness of Law Review Articles
Examples of Sources for Working Papers in Law
Using the Footnotes in Law Review Articles
Selected Dictionaries of Legal Abbreviations
Cases
The Core of Our Enterprise
Finding All the Right Cases
Full Text Searching of Case Law Databases
Using Subject Indexes to Case Law: Digests and the Key Number System on Westlaw
Principal Components of the American Digest System
Finding a Topic and Key Number
Changes to the Topics and Key Numbers
Working With Key Numbers
Getting the Most Recent Key Number Indexing
Other Subject-Based Searching for Cases
Finding Cases by Name
Some Examples of Non-West Subject Indexes to Cases
Finding Cases by Citation
Nominative and Other Unfamiliar Reporters
Docket Numbers
Other Citation Wrinkles
Using Indexed and Full Text Searching Together: The Heart of the Case Research Process
Researching the Authority for What Seems Like a Hoary or Even Self-Evident Well-Established Principle
Proving the Negative
When to Stop
Federal Case Law
Supreme Court Cases
Selected Sources of Scotus Opinions
The United States Courts of Appeals
Selected Sources for Scotus Records and Briefs
Selected Sources for Scotus Oral Arguments
Selected Sources for Federal Courts of Appeal Cases
Selected Sources of Court of Appeals Records and Briefs
United States District Courts
Selected Sources of Federal District Court Cases
State Case Law
Updating Case Law Research
Introducing Secondary Sources: Treatises and Other Overviews
Treatises
Sources for Lists of Prominent Treatises
Restatements of the Law
Encyclopedias
American Law Reports: The ALR
Introducing Secondary Sources: Form Books and Jury Instructions
Form Books
A Word of Caution About Forms
General Collections of Forms
Subject-Specific Collections of Forms
Jurisdiction-Specific Collections of Forms
Pattern Jury Instructions
Sources of Administrative Law
Introduction to Administrative Law Research
Sources of Administrative Law: The Federal Register
Where to Find the Federal Register
Rules and Regulations Section of the Federal Register
Proposed Regulations Section of the Federal Register
Notices Section of the Federal Register
Reader Aids Section of the Federal Register
How the Federal Register Is Actually Used in Legal Research
Sources of Administrative Law: The Code of Federal Regulations
CFR Basics
Where to Find the Code of Federal Regulations
Dates of Annual Revision of CFR Titles
Structure of the CFR
Titles of the CFR
Titles of USC and CFR Compared
Chapters of the CFR
Parts of the CFR
Sections of the CFR
How to Use the CFR
Updating a CFR Section
A Better Way: The List of Sections Affected
Electronic CFRs With Rolling Updates
Administrative Hearings and Other Quasi-Judicial Proceedings
State Administrative Law Research
Introducing Secondary Sources: Looseleaf Services
Introduction: What This Chapter Is About
What Are Looseleafs Used For?
The Different Kinds of Looseleafs
Using a Newsletter-Style Looseleaf
Using an Interfiled Looseleaf
What Is Not in Looseleafs?
Finding a Looseleaf on Your Topic
Online Versions of Looseleafs
Court Rules
What Are Court Rules and Why Do They Matter?
Federal Court Rules
Finding Annotated Federal Court Rules, General and Local
Secondary Sources and Federal Rules
Selected Sources of Annotated Federal Court Rules
Federal Court Rules Judicially Considered
Using Citators for Updating Federal Court Rules
State Court Rules
Annotated State Court Rules
Legal Ethics Research
Introduction to Legal Ethics Research
Model and Uniform Laws Generally
Sources of Authority-American Bar Association Ethical Codes and Rules
Sources of Authority-State Law
Sources of Authority-"Case Law" Publications
Sources of Authority-Secondary Sources
How Legal Ethics Research Really Works
Recommended Websites for Legal Ethics Information
Foreign Law Research
Introduction to Foreign Law
Major World Legal Systems
Guides to Legal Research in Foreign Jurisdictions
Methods of Foreign Law Research
Selected Online Foreign Law Research Guides
International Law
Sources of International Law
Treaty Research
Recommended Treaty Websites
Intergovernmental Organizations
The European Union
European Union-Secondary Sources
European Union-Statutes
European Union-Case Law
European Union-Summing Up
Municipal Law Research
Municipal Law: When, Why and How
Municipal Charters
Municipal "Session Laws"
Municipal Statutory Codes
Municipal Decisional Law
Doing Comparative Research on Municipal Law
Administrative Regulations and Decisions on the Municipal Level
Where the Law Is
General Principles
Look for Basic Structures
Estimate What Form Your Answer Will Come In
Your Strategy Will Depend Upon Your Starting Point. What Do You Know Now?
The Less You Know, The More Certainly You Need Secondary Sources
Secondary Leads to Primary, But There Are Other Ways Around the Circle
Official Publications Often Less Useful
Human Ordering vs. Machine Recall
It Is Very Difficult to Do Effective Statutory Research Online
Know Exactly What Legislative Histories Are, and What They Are For
Let Someone Else Do the Work for You
But Don't Be Afraid to Be the First, If Necessary!
Evaluating Sources
An Afterward: The World of Unpublished Information
Selected Directories of Helpful Phone Numbers
Appendix. Selected Legal Research Guides for Each of the Fifty States
Index

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