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Intro to CR

Intro to CR



This guide will show you how to perform basic searching in CR.

This guide will show you how to perform basic searching in CR.



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  • There are numerous features of CR and various sources you can look through. We will only cover news and journal articles, and court cases during the second searching session. But please keep in mind that you can also access statutes, administrative law, and a number of secondary sources, including encyclopedias, just to name a few.
  • You may have heard of Westlaw. That is used in law schools and by lawyers. This is a different version of that database. When you first sign onto CR, you will notice that there are 2 tabs at the top of the page (News & Business and Law) – you are initially taken to the News & Business page. Note to search for law-related items (cases, statutes, etc), you have to click on the Law tab)
  • I would recommend searching by title since there are hundreds of newspapers available in this database.
  • Am Jur 2d = an encyclopedia of federal laws. It contains citations to cases, statutes and law journal articles. ALR = a series of annotations (or articles) about specific topics in law. The articles objectively analyze the specific topic. Secondary sources are a great way to start a research project, especially if you are not that familiar with the legal topic.
  • USCA = official text of the USC with West’s annotations (commentary, citations to cases, secondary sources, and other statutes). CFR = all federal administrative regulations. Federal Register = includes select regulatory, administrative and executive material)
  • KeyCite = a way to make sure that the case, statute or other material you are looking at is current and has not been overruled or amended in any way; if there have been changes, you can use KC to find the most current information. If KC is available, you will see a small icon next to the title of the material you are looking at.
  • Once you click on a Key Number you have the opportunity to add additional search terms, set a date restriction and/or change the jurisdiction. You do not have to add any further information before clicking the search button, but it will help narrow your results. You will become familiar with adding search terms, setting a date restriction and/or changing the jurisdiction once we go over the Queries in the second part of the tutorial.
  • You may be familiar with this – Boolean searching in Google (using AND or OR). You can use these to narrow your searches and find better results. Included an entire list of all recognized field restrictors and connectors on a separate handout.
  • Famous docs – links to several well-known documents under the law tab.
  • Clicking on one of the links brings you to an article that summarizes the topic and highlights main issues.
  • Clicking on the small “I”s will bring you to another page that shows the scope of the database, including a summary of what it includes and how current it is.
  • A good outline of FAQs and search tips.

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  • Campus Research
    Introduction to the Basic Features
    Stephanie A. Huffnagle
    Last updated 2/25/11
  • Online database providing access to News, Business & Legal Information
    What is Campus Research?
  • Newspapers (New York Times, Buffalo News)
    Magazines (Newsweek, The Economist)
    Company Information (SEC Filings, Hoover’s Company Records)
    News & Business
  • News & Business (con’t)
    For a complete listing of publications, click on the Publications List link
    You can search by title, OR
    Scroll through the alphabetized list
  • Secondary Sources
    American Jurisprudence 2d (Am Jur 2d)
    American Law Reports (ALR)
    Over 800 law reviews and journals
    Law Content
  • Primary Sources
    United States Code Annotated (USCA)
    All federal and state court cases, including all U.S. Supreme Court cases
    State statutes and regulations
    Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
    Federal Register
    Law Content (con’t)
  • Law Content (con’t)
    For a complete listing of law content, click on the Content List
    You can search by title, OR
    Scroll through the content list
  • KeyCite
    Red Flag = no longer good on at least one point of law
    Yellow Flag = some negative history
    Blue H = some history
    Green C = citing references with no direct negative history
    Important Extras
  • West’s Key Number System
    Cases are organized by topic and given a specific Key Number
    You can search the Key Numbers to find cases with a specific topic by clicking on “Go” in the KeySearch box under the Law tab.
    Important Extras (con’t)
  • You can browse through the subject list to find what you are looking for
    Important Extras (con’t)
  • OR, you can click on the Key Numbers in the case headnotes
    Important Extras (con’t)
  • Field restrictions and connectors
    Author – AU(Lewis)
    Synopsis/Digest – SY,DI(“native american”)
    * = universal character (e.g. wom!n = women and woman)
    /s = within the same sentence (e.g. cigarettes /s tax, cigarettes and tax will appear in the same sentence)
    See separate handout for additional examples
    Important Extras (con’t)
  • Famous Documents
    Important Extras (con’t)
  • Legal Guides
    Important Extras (con’t)
  • Scope & Coverage
    Important Extras (con’t)
  • Click on the What’s in Campus Research link under the News & Business tab
    OR, click on the Help (FAQs) link at the top of each page
    More Questions?