Hit a Grand Slam with Legal         Research
Presented and Created by the       Librarians at RWU Law Library:•   Nan Balliot•   Emilie Benoit•   Stephanie Edwards•   ...
Clicker Setup: Channel 8
What’s Your Favorite Baseball Team?1. Red Sox2. Yankees3. Neither – that   rivalry is so last   century.4. I’d rather be  ...
How Do You Start Your Research?1. Google2. An Online Database3. A Book Index4. Smart people –   colleagues,   professors, ...
Would You Rather?
Our Hypothetical• Frannie Fan was sitting at  left field for a game of her  beloved Scranton Red  Bisons when she was hit ...
Which of these questions involves                research?1.   What does Pa. R. Civ. Pro. R. 1035 say     about motions fo...
Find: A Tool at Your Disposal             Find the Pennsylvania             Commonwealth Court             decision       ...
From Single to Homerun:            One Known Source• Find discussion• Find similar sources• Find other authority   Pakett ...
871 A.2d 304
Westlaw: Keycite - Citing References               Liability to spectator at baseball               game who is hit by bal...
4 West’s Pennsylvania Practice § 16.7,                 Activities associated with inherent risksCJS Entertainment and Amus...
Lexis: Shepardize• It’s No Game: The Practice and Process of the  Law in Baseball, and Vice Versa, 20 Seton Hall  J. Sport...
Lexis.com: Issue Analysis              Elements of Actionable Negligence,              In General 57A Am Jur 2d Negligence...
Your Teammates: At Home and Away    401-254-4547              LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu     http://law.rwu.edu/lawlibrary
Primary vs. Secondary SourcesPrimary Sources            Secondary Sources• Statements of the Law    • Interpretation of th...
Examples of Primary & Secondary Sources Primary Sources           Secondary Sources • Laws or statutes        • Encycloped...
Would You Rather?
Why Use Secondary Sources?• Money• Background  – Controlling jurisdiction  – Controlling authorities• Find citations• Find...
Encyclopedias National coverage:  American Jurisprudence   2d [Am. Jur. 2d]  Corpus Juris Secundum   [C.J.S.] State cove...
First Pitch: Index• Term?  – Baseball
Term: BaseballTopic & Section:• Enter § 76
Topic & Section: Enter § 76• Table of Abbreviations• Enter = Entertainment and Sports Law
Entertainment and Sports        Law § 76
Always Checkthe Pocket Part!• A pocket part may be labeled a  “cumulative supplement.”• It will be located in the back of...
Useful encyclopedia features: Table of Contents
Useful encyclopedia features: Table of Contents Correlation Table
Useful encyclopedia features: Table of Contents Correlation Table Volume Index
Online Availability:Lexis   Am. Jur. 2d   States:    Cal., Fla., Ill., Mich., N.Y.,    Ohio, Pa., Tenn., Tex., Va.    /...
American Law Reports
Citations to Other Sources
Annotation Index
Table of JurisdictionsRepresented
Pocket Part!
Online Availability
Treatises                                            IndexAmerican Law of Torts (Speiser et al.)      Table of Contents ...
Practice Materials
Massachusetts Practice
Law Reviews & Law Journals
Primary Sources: Statutes              ConstitutionLegislature    Judiciary        Executive                              ...
Unannotated Code               Text               History
Annotated CodeText                Secondary                  Source                 CitationsHistory
MoreSecondary  Source Citations             Annotations
Another Question• Must Franny file her  claim within a certain  amount of time after  the accident?
Purdon’s Pennsylvania Consolidated        Statutes Annotated
General Index
Injuries to person caused by wrongful   act, neglect, unlawful violence or   negligence , 42 Pa.C.S.A. 5524Personal injuri...
 History (continued) Law review articles West Topics and Key  Numbers CJS encyclopedia topics  and sections
 State-specific encyclopedia Forms Treatises and Practice Aids
 Notes of Decisions
 Pocket Part!
 Amendments to the statute More annotations
Online Availability
Online Availability
Primary Sources                 ConstitutionLegislature       Judiciary        Executive                                  ...
Case Law• What if we did  not have one  good case like  this one?
Reporters
The DH: The DigestCase       Headnote         Digest
Which Digest?
Atlantic Digest, 2d Series
Descriptive Word      Index
Pocket Part!
Headnotes & Citations
Pocket Part!
Table of Cases
Updating• Lexis.com• Lexis Advance• Classic Westlaw• Westlaw Next
Triple Play: The Internet
 Incomplete NO headnotes NO digest Limited full text searching NO Updating!
Digest: Online Availability
Cases: Online Availability
Print, Online or Both?
Would You Rather?
If you are asked to research an area of law    unfamiliar to you, would you choose:1. Print Treatise2. Database           ...
Benefits of Print•   Borrow/Lend•   Unlimited Use/Time•   Less Expensive•   Authoritative & Preferred•   Compare & Browse•...
If you want to update your  research, which would you choose:1. Print Treatise2. Database                                 ...
Limitations of Print•   Time Intensive (Maybe)•   Currency•   Not Document Ready•   Starting Point Only
Benefits of Electronic Format•   Flexible•   Faster•   Constantly Updated•   Multiple Output Formats•   24/7 Access & Cust...
What is the Greatest Drawback of           Online Research?1. Privacy2. Irrelevant results3. Too much   Information       ...
Limitations of Electronic Format•   Expensive•   Current Coverage Mostly•   Licensing Restrictions•   Caveats for Internet...
When Do You
The night before the        paper/memo/brief is due?1. Yes2. Sometimes3. No                        0%           0%   0%   ...
When you’ve looked at all of the     sources you learned in class?1. Yes2. Sometimes3. No                         0%      ...
When you’ve found the absolute       out-of-the park answer?1. Yes2. Sometimes3. No                       0%           0% ...
When you are consistently seeing      the same sources repeat?1. Yes2. Sometimes3. No                         0%          ...
Stages for a Winning Game PlanResearchWriteCritiqueResearch some more (if necessary)EditAt each stage -- Update your sourc...
Training Camp Equipment:              Library Resources•   WebCatalog•   LibTours•   Study Aids•   Time Savers•   CVN Law ...
WebCatalog:http://law.rwu.edu/library/webcatalog
Contents
Search Modes
LibTours
Study Aids
Library » Digital Resources »
First Year Lessons - Torts• Assumption of RiskOther Lessons:• How to Prepare for the  Study of Torts (PodCast)• Advice to ...
Stolen Bases• Secondary Sources RULE!• Indexes & Tables of Contents• Always check pocket parts/supplements  AND/OR update ...
Don’t forget to sign the attendance              sheets!   Please evaluate this session      on our Class Webpage  http://...
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    1. 1. Hit a Grand Slam with Legal Research
    2. 2. Presented and Created by the Librarians at RWU Law Library:• Nan Balliot• Emilie Benoit• Stephanie Edwards• Lucinda Harrison-Cox• Kathleen MacAndrew• Heather McHenry• Raquel M. Ortiz
    3. 3. Clicker Setup: Channel 8
    4. 4. What’s Your Favorite Baseball Team?1. Red Sox2. Yankees3. Neither – that rivalry is so last century.4. I’d rather be 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% shopping. es x s? g. So ... ke re in so d p ca n Re op Ya is ho lr y sh W5. Who cares? iva e rb tr he a th t ra – I’d er ith Ne :10
    5. 5. How Do You Start Your Research?1. Google2. An Online Database3. A Book Index4. Smart people – colleagues, professors, 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% reference librarians r e x e he de l ... as og Ot u ab In Go ag ok at le eD5. Other Bo ol –c lin A On le op An pe t ar Sm :10
    6. 6. Would You Rather?
    7. 7. Our Hypothetical• Frannie Fan was sitting at left field for a game of her beloved Scranton Red Bisons when she was hit by a foul ball hit by visiting DH Joseph Hyundai.• What cause of action, if any, does Frannie have against the baseball teams or the park owner?
    8. 8. Which of these questions involves research?1. What does Pa. R. Civ. Pro. R. 1035 say about motions for summary judgment?2. What is the case at 871 A.2d 304?3. Find the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decision Pakett v. The Phillies, L.P.4. How many days does a defendant have to answer a complaint in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas?5. Does a baseball player on the visiting team owe a duty of care to a person attending the game? 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%6. All of the above7. None of the above e e 87 . he . ov ov lay . an sylv A. .. . . . o. o. d. ... ab ab Pr er sa 1 ia e an iv. oe th ft .C at lp sd of lo .R se al ay ne n Al eb ca Pa en yd No as Fin he Ho e P es ab st do th m ti es d t w ha ha Do W W :10
    9. 9. Find: A Tool at Your Disposal Find the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decision Pakett v. The Phillies, L.P.
    10. 10. From Single to Homerun: One Known Source• Find discussion• Find similar sources• Find other authority Pakett v. The Phillies, L.P., 871 A.2d 304 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2005).
    11. 11. 871 A.2d 304
    12. 12. Westlaw: Keycite - Citing References Liability to spectator at baseball game who is hit by ball or injured as result of other hazard of game, 91 A.L.R.3d 24Cause of Action for Injury toSports Spectator,20 Causes of Action 2d § 361
    13. 13. 4 West’s Pennsylvania Practice § 16.7, Activities associated with inherent risksCJS Entertainment and Amusement;Sports § 134, Baseball and SoftballGamesDiscussed in:McMahon v. Pleasant Valley West Assn, 952 A.2d 731 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2008)Crespin v. Albuquerque Baseball Club, LLC, 216 P.3d 827 (N.M. App. 2009)
    14. 14. Lexis: Shepardize• It’s No Game: The Practice and Process of the Law in Baseball, and Vice Versa, 20 Seton Hall J. Sports & Ent. L. 249 (2010)• Flying Objects: Arena Liability for Fan Injuries in Hockey and Other Sports, 15 Sports Law. J. 115 (2008)• Defenses, 48 Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia §6
    15. 15. Lexis.com: Issue Analysis Elements of Actionable Negligence, In General 57A Am Jur 2d Negligence § 71Actions Involving Baseball, 26-130Personal Injury--Actions, Defenses, Damages §130.11
    16. 16. Your Teammates: At Home and Away 401-254-4547 LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu http://law.rwu.edu/lawlibrary
    17. 17. Primary vs. Secondary SourcesPrimary Sources Secondary Sources• Statements of the Law • Interpretation of the Law• Government Issued • Written by Experts and Others• Controlling or Binding • (May be) Persuasive Authority Authority
    18. 18. Examples of Primary & Secondary Sources Primary Sources Secondary Sources • Laws or statutes • Encyclopedias • Court opinions • American Law Reports • Rules and regulations (ALR) • Executive orders and • Treatises proclamations • Practice Materials • Law Reviews
    19. 19. Would You Rather?
    20. 20. Why Use Secondary Sources?• Money• Background – Controlling jurisdiction – Controlling authorities• Find citations• Find search keywords
    21. 21. Encyclopedias National coverage:  American Jurisprudence 2d [Am. Jur. 2d]  Corpus Juris Secundum [C.J.S.] State coverage:  New York Jurisprudence 2d  Witkin’s Summary of California Law
    22. 22. First Pitch: Index• Term? – Baseball
    23. 23. Term: BaseballTopic & Section:• Enter § 76
    24. 24. Topic & Section: Enter § 76• Table of Abbreviations• Enter = Entertainment and Sports Law
    25. 25. Entertainment and Sports Law § 76
    26. 26. Always Checkthe Pocket Part!• A pocket part may be labeled a “cumulative supplement.”• It will be located in the back of the volume partially in a “pocket.”• If a pocket part becomes too large it may be replaced by a free standing cumulative supplement.
    27. 27. Useful encyclopedia features: Table of Contents
    28. 28. Useful encyclopedia features: Table of Contents Correlation Table
    29. 29. Useful encyclopedia features: Table of Contents Correlation Table Volume Index
    30. 30. Online Availability:Lexis  Am. Jur. 2d  States: Cal., Fla., Ill., Mich., N.Y., Ohio, Pa., Tenn., Tex., Va. /W.Va. Westlaw  Am. Jur. 2d  C.J.S.  States: Cal., Fla., Ind., Md., Ohio, Pa., Tex.
    31. 31. American Law Reports
    32. 32. Citations to Other Sources
    33. 33. Annotation Index
    34. 34. Table of JurisdictionsRepresented
    35. 35. Pocket Part!
    36. 36. Online Availability
    37. 37. Treatises IndexAmerican Law of Torts (Speiser et al.) Table of Contents Table of Cases Table of Statutes Pocket Part Online AvailabilityFundamentals of Sports Law Harper, James, & Gray on Torts Essentials of Sports Law
    38. 38. Practice Materials
    39. 39. Massachusetts Practice
    40. 40. Law Reviews & Law Journals
    41. 41. Primary Sources: Statutes ConstitutionLegislature Judiciary Executive Regulations, Administrative Statutes Case Law Decisions, Executive Orders
    42. 42. Unannotated Code Text History
    43. 43. Annotated CodeText Secondary Source CitationsHistory
    44. 44. MoreSecondary Source Citations Annotations
    45. 45. Another Question• Must Franny file her claim within a certain amount of time after the accident?
    46. 46. Purdon’s Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Annotated
    47. 47. General Index
    48. 48. Injuries to person caused by wrongful act, neglect, unlawful violence or negligence , 42 Pa.C.S.A. 5524Personal injuries, 42 Pa.C.S.A. 5524
    49. 49.  History (continued) Law review articles West Topics and Key Numbers CJS encyclopedia topics and sections
    50. 50.  State-specific encyclopedia Forms Treatises and Practice Aids
    51. 51.  Notes of Decisions
    52. 52.  Pocket Part!
    53. 53.  Amendments to the statute More annotations
    54. 54. Online Availability
    55. 55. Online Availability
    56. 56. Primary Sources ConstitutionLegislature Judiciary Executive Regulations, Administrative Statutes Case Law Decisions, Executive Orders
    57. 57. Case Law• What if we did not have one good case like this one?
    58. 58. Reporters
    59. 59. The DH: The DigestCase Headnote Digest
    60. 60. Which Digest?
    61. 61. Atlantic Digest, 2d Series
    62. 62. Descriptive Word Index
    63. 63. Pocket Part!
    64. 64. Headnotes & Citations
    65. 65. Pocket Part!
    66. 66. Table of Cases
    67. 67. Updating• Lexis.com• Lexis Advance• Classic Westlaw• Westlaw Next
    68. 68. Triple Play: The Internet
    69. 69.  Incomplete NO headnotes NO digest Limited full text searching NO Updating!
    70. 70. Digest: Online Availability
    71. 71. Cases: Online Availability
    72. 72. Print, Online or Both?
    73. 73. Would You Rather?
    74. 74. If you are asked to research an area of law unfamiliar to you, would you choose:1. Print Treatise2. Database 0% 0% se ise a at ab re t Da tT in Pr :10
    75. 75. Benefits of Print• Borrow/Lend• Unlimited Use/Time• Less Expensive• Authoritative & Preferred• Compare & Browse• Excellent Starting Point
    76. 76. If you want to update your research, which would you choose:1. Print Treatise2. Database 0% 0% se ise a at ab re t Da tT in Pr :10
    77. 77. Limitations of Print• Time Intensive (Maybe)• Currency• Not Document Ready• Starting Point Only
    78. 78. Benefits of Electronic Format• Flexible• Faster• Constantly Updated• Multiple Output Formats• 24/7 Access & Customer Support• Great for Some “Find” Questions
    79. 79. What is the Greatest Drawback of Online Research?1. Privacy2. Irrelevant results3. Too much Information 0% 0% 0% y ts n ac io ul iv at es Pr rm tr an fo In ev el h uc Irr m o To :10
    80. 80. Limitations of Electronic Format• Expensive• Current Coverage Mostly• Licensing Restrictions• Caveats for Internet Research• Irrelevant Results
    81. 81. When Do You
    82. 82. The night before the paper/memo/brief is due?1. Yes2. Sometimes3. No 0% 0% 0% s No es Ye im et m So :10
    83. 83. When you’ve looked at all of the sources you learned in class?1. Yes2. Sometimes3. No 0% 0% 0% s No es Ye im et m So :10
    84. 84. When you’ve found the absolute out-of-the park answer?1. Yes2. Sometimes3. No 0% 0% 0% s No es Ye im et m So :10
    85. 85. When you are consistently seeing the same sources repeat?1. Yes2. Sometimes3. No 0% 0% 0% s No es Ye im et m So :10
    86. 86. Stages for a Winning Game PlanResearchWriteCritiqueResearch some more (if necessary)EditAt each stage -- Update your sources!
    87. 87. Training Camp Equipment: Library Resources• WebCatalog• LibTours• Study Aids• Time Savers• CVN Law School• CALI Lessons• eLangdell eBooks
    88. 88. WebCatalog:http://law.rwu.edu/library/webcatalog
    89. 89. Contents
    90. 90. Search Modes
    91. 91. LibTours
    92. 92. Study Aids
    93. 93. Library » Digital Resources »
    94. 94. First Year Lessons - Torts• Assumption of RiskOther Lessons:• How to Prepare for the Study of Torts (PodCast)• Advice to a 1L From a Law Professor (PodCast)
    95. 95. Stolen Bases• Secondary Sources RULE!• Indexes & Tables of Contents• Always check pocket parts/supplements AND/OR update your research online.• Ask A Librarian!
    96. 96. Don’t forget to sign the attendance sheets! Please evaluate this session on our Class Webpage http://lawguides.rwu.edu/ILR
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