Case Law Research Basics

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  • 1. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainchurch/3261476137/ Case Law Research Rebecca Johnson – Campus Librarian
  • 2. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainchurch/3261476137/
    • Finding Legal Cases Common Law
    • LexisNexis Academic - Harrison’s subscription database
  • 3. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainchurch/3261476137/
    • Finding Legal Cases Common Law
    • LexisNexis Academic - Harrison’s subscription database
    • Online Sources - Google Scholar - Indiana General Assembly - FindLaw - Public Library of Law - Law Library of Congress - Additional Resources, including LRC Paralegal Research Guide
  • 4. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainchurch/3261476137/
    • Finding Legal Cases
    • Local - Indiana Codes
  • 5. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainchurch/3261476137/
    • Finding Legal Cases
    • Local - Indiana Codes
    • State / Federal - Bills - Laws - Cases
  • 6. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainchurch/3261476137/
    • Legal Citations The place within a book that a case can be found
    • Legal Citations don’t use the same format as other sources
    • Citations include: - Volume # - Abbreviated title of the source it came from - Page or section #’s
  • 7. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainchurch/3261476137/
    • Legal Citation Example
    • Roe v. Wade
    • Plaintiff Versus Defendant
  • 8. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainchurch/3261476137/
    • Legal Citation Example
    • Roe v. Wade
    • Plaintiff Versus Defendant
    • Official Citation:
    • 410 U.S. 113
    • Volume 410 United States Reports Page 113
  • 9. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainchurch/3261476137/
    • Legal Citation Example
    • Roe v. Wade
    • Plaintiff Versus Defendant
    • Official Citation:
    • 410 U.S. 113
    • Volume 410 United States Reports Page 113 There are several publishers publishing legal document sources. Don’t be alarmed if a case appears in several different sources or reporters.
  • 10. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainchurch/3261476137/
    • Parallel Legal Citation Example
    • Roe v. Wade
    • Plaintiff Versus Defendant
    • Parallel Citation:
    • 93 S.Ct. 705
    • Volume 93 Supreme Court Reporter Page 705
  • 11. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainchurch/3261476137/
    • Parallel Legal Citation Example
    • Roe v. Wade
    • Plaintiff Versus Defendant
    • Parallel Citation:
    • 93 S.Ct. 705
    • Volume 93 Supreme Court Reporter Page 705
    • 35 L.Ed.2d 147
    • Volume 35 U.S. Supreme Court Reports Page 147 Lawyer’s Ed. 2d Series
  • 12. Don’t Know Where to Start?
  • 13. Citation Information http://scholar.google.com
  • 14.
    • Legal Cases
    • Federal & State
    • Landmark Cases
    • Citation Assistance
    Find … http://harrison.edu/lrc LexisNexis Academic Database
  • 15.
    • Legal Cases
    • Federal & State
    • Landmark Cases
    • Citation Assistance
    Find … http://harrison.edu/lrc LexisNexis Academic Database
    • Search By:
    • Jurisdiction
    • Circuit Court level
    • District Court level
    • Legal Citation
    • Party
    • Topic Etc…
  • 16. Find … http://www.in.gov/legislative/index.htm Indiana General Assembly
  • 17.
    • Indiana Laws
    • Constitution
    • Indiana Code
    • Non-Code Statutes
    • Acts
    • Bills & Resolutions
    • Session Archives
    Find … http://www.in.gov/legislative/index.htm Indiana General Assembly
  • 18. Browse … http://lp.findlaw.com/ FindLaw.com
  • 19.
    • Cases&Codes
    • Federal
    • State
    • US Courts of Appeals
    • Federal Trial Courts, Boards, etc…
    Browse … http://lp.findlaw.com/ FindLaw.com
  • 20. Find … http://www.plol.org/Pages/Search.aspx Public Library of Law
  • 21.
    • Legal Cases
    • US Supreme Court
    • US Courts of Appeals
    • State
    • Federal Statutory Law
    • Regulations
    • Court Rules etc…
    Find … http://www.plol.org/Pages/Search.aspx Public Library of Law
  • 22. Find … http://www.loc.gov/law/index.php Law Library of Congress
  • 23.
    • Case Topic Ideas
    • Legal Development News Around the World
    Find … http://www.loc.gov/law/index.php Law Library of Congress
  • 24. Additional Websites of Interest http://www.uscourts.gov/
  • 25. Additional Websites of Interest http://www.uscourts.gov/ http://www.supremecourt.gov/
  • 26. http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ Additional Websites of Interest http://www.uscourts.gov/ http://www.supremecourt.gov/
  • 27. http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ Additional Websites of Interest http://www.usa.gov/ http://www.uscourts.gov/ http://www.supremecourt.gov/
  • 28. http://harrison.libguides.com/criminaljustice
    • Books
    • Articles
    • Web Resources
    • APA Style
    Find … http://harrison.libguides.com/paralegal LRC Paralegal Research Guide
  • 29. http://harrison.libguides.com/criminaljustice
    • Books
    • Articles
    • Web Resources
    • APA Style
    Find … http://harrison.libguides.com/paralegal Most useful for finding case law: LRC Paralegal Research Guide