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Author / Creator:Sloan, Amy E., 1964-
Edition:2nd ed.
Imprint:Gaithersburg, Md. : Aspen Publishers, 2003.
Description:xxxi, 377 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Subject:Legal research -- United States.
Legal research.
United States.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes index.
Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1.. Introduction to Legal Research
  • A.. Sources of law
  • B.. Types of authority
  • C.. Introduction to the process of legal research
  • D.. Overview of print and electronic sources of legal authority
  • E.. Introduction to legal citation
  • F.. Overview of this text
  • 2.. Generating Search Terms
  • A.. Generating search terms based on categories of information
  • B.. Expanding the initial search
  • 3.. Secondary Source Research
  • A.. What are secondary sources and why use them?
  • B.. How to use secondary sources
  • C.. Electronic research of secondary sources
  • D.. Citing secondary sources
  • E.. Sample pages for secondary source research
  • B.. Locating cases using a digest
  • F.. Checklist for secondary source research
  • 4.. Case Research
  • A.. Court opinions
  • C.. Additional features of digests
  • D.. Electronic case research
  • E.. Citing cases
  • F.. Sample pages for researching cases using a print digest
  • G.. Checklist for case research
  • 5.. Research with Shepard's Citations and Other Citators
  • A.. The purpose of a citator
  • B.. Using Shepard's Citations in print for case research
  • C.. When to use a citator in case research
  • D.. Shepard's for additional types of authority
  • E.. Checking citations electronically
  • F.. Sample pages for Shepardizing a case in print
  • G.. Checklist for case research with Shepard's Citations and other citators
  • 6.. Statutory Research
  • A.. The publication of statutory law
  • B.. Researching federal statutory provisions in United States Code Annotated
  • C.. Additional statutory research tools
  • D.. Electronic statutory research
  • E.. Citing statutes
  • F.. Sample pages for statutory research
  • G.. Checklist for statutory research
  • 7.. Federal Legislative History Research
  • A.. The process of enacting a law
  • B.. Sources of federal legislative history
  • C.. Researching federal legislative history in print
  • D.. Researching federal legislative history electronically
  • E.. Citing federal legislative history
  • F.. Sample pages for federal legislative history research
  • G.. Checklist for federal legislative history research
  • 8.. Federal Administrative Law Research
  • A.. Administrative agencies and regulations
  • B.. Researching federal regulations in print
  • C.. Shepard's for the Code of Federal Regulations
  • D.. Electronic research of federal regulations
  • E.. Citing federal regulations
  • F.. Sample pages for federal administrative law research
  • G.. Checklist for federal administrative law research
  • 9.. Subject-Matter Service Research
  • A.. Overview of subject-matter services
  • B.. Locating subject-matter services
  • C.. Conducting subject-matter research using print, CD-ROM, and Internet resources
  • D.. Subject-matter research in LexisNexis and Westlaw
  • E.. Citing subject-matter services
  • F.. Sample pages for subject-matter service research
  • G.. Checklist for subject-matter service research
  • 10.. Electronic Legal Research
  • A.. Introduction to electronic legal research
  • B.. Selecting an electronic legal research service
  • C.. Constructing, executing, and reviewing an electronic word search
  • D.. Researching effectively in Westlaw and LexisNexis
  • E.. Citing electronic legal research services
  • F.. Sample pages for electronic legal research
  • G.. Checklist for electronic legal research
  • 11.. Developing a Research Plan
  • A.. Why create a research plan?
  • B.. Creating a research plan
  • C.. Finding help
  • D.. Sample research plans
  • E.. Research checklists
  • Appendix A.. Selected Internet Research Resources
  • Index