Basics For Paralegals

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  • 435 F.3d 1163 Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. v. Gonzales , 435 F.3d 1163 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Basics For Paralegals

    1. 1. Finding Legal Sources at the GEN Library and Beyond (besides Westlaw) Elaine Settergren, M.L.I.S Online Librarian [email_address] June 2010
    2. 2. Today’s Lessons <ul><li>LegalTrac (Gale) </li></ul><ul><li>LexisNexis Academic </li></ul><ul><li>E-books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluating Legal websites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FindLaw </li></ul><ul><li>GPOaccess </li></ul><ul><li>MN Statutes </li></ul>
    3. 3. Need Help? <ul><li>Contact me – Elaine Settergren </li></ul><ul><li>Paralegal research guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/research-by-topic/ </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. LegalTrac <ul><li>All Secondary Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Journal, legal newspaper, and Law Review articles </li></ul><ul><li>1,500+ titles (200+ full text) </li></ul>
    5. 5. LegalTrac
    6. 6. LexisNexis Academic <ul><li>Over 9,000 news, business, and legal sources </li></ul><ul><li>Primary and secondary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>800+ secondary sources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help: </li></ul><ul><li>“ How do I…?” </li></ul>
    7. 7. LexisNexis Academic
    8. 8. Other Databases <ul><li>Academic Search Premier </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Justice Periodicals (ProQuest) </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Justice Collection (Gale) </li></ul><ul><li>ProQuest Newsstand </li></ul><ul><li>More : Research by Topic > Criminal Justice Research Guide </li></ul>
    9. 9. E-Books <ul><li>Use the Library Catalog to search </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of E-books: </li></ul><ul><li>Gale encyclopedia of everyday law </li></ul><ul><li>West's encyclopedia of American law </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding communication law </li></ul><ul><li>U.S.A. immigration guide </li></ul><ul><li>Nolo's encyclopedia of everyday law </li></ul>
    10. 10. Free Info <ul><li>Benefits of Free information? </li></ul><ul><li>Pitfalls of Free information? </li></ul>
    11. 11. Free Info <ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Law schools </li></ul><ul><li>Legal associations </li></ul>
    12. 12. Legal Websites – Is it CRAP? <ul><li>C urrency? </li></ul><ul><li>R eliability? </li></ul><ul><li>A uthority? </li></ul><ul><li>P urpose? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bankruptcyinformation.com/MN.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Vs. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.lawmoose.com/index.cfm?Action=Library.&Topic=MN165544 </li></ul>
    13. 13. FindLaw <ul><li>http://www.findlaw.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of information you’ll find: </li></ul><ul><li>Legal dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Cases, Codes, Statutes, and Regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Legal forms and contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Legal news </li></ul><ul><li>Directories of Lawyers </li></ul>
    14. 15. GPOaccess <ul><li>http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>Official, published e-versions of federal government information from all three branches </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of Information you’ll find: </li></ul><ul><li>Code of Federal Regulations: Title 28 - Judicial Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Locate Federal Officials: U.S. Government Manual </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Constitution </li></ul><ul><li>United States Code </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Supreme Court </li></ul><ul><li>Judicial Branch Websites </li></ul>
    15. 17. MN Statutes <ul><li>http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/statutes.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Statutes , laws, and rules </li></ul><ul><li>Also bills, session info, and other congressional information </li></ul>
    16. 19. Other Useful Websites <ul><li>Many, many available! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizations/Associations </li></ul></ul>
    17. 20. Questions? Comments? Contact the Online Librarian : Elaine Settergren [email_address] http://globeeducationnetwork.com/library/

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