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1 Tove Klovning Lecturer in Law © Washington University School of Law Web Bio: Web Bio: ?id=866 ?id=866 Legal Research on a Budget? A CLE for The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis April 26, 2011

2 Note there are several hyperlinks in this.ppt. All hyperlinks have been underlined. This presentation is not intended to be comprehensive. It is still ok to consult books in print. A combination of classic legal research tools and the internet is the best way to go.

3 Your biggest challenge: staying updated. Have you tried adding RSS-Feeds to your favorite web sites? This is a true timesaver. Promise! No idea how to use an RSS-Feed? To learn more click here: Another way to stay updated in your field is to create an Rss-feed on a legal blog. There are plenty out there. E.g.

4 The most current primary legal source may indeed be on the web only. More than 7 minutes on Google is a waste of your time. Classic legal research tools are still superior.

5 Yes, it is possible to research on a budget….. You will need: 1.A RP/RS (research plan/strategy) 2.Be aware of the 3 Cs (content, coverage, currency) 3. Be aware of LAU (How to locate, access and update your findings) 4.To know how to validate on a dime 5.Remember to always note the 4 Ws (Blue Booking made easy) Who, what, when, where.

6 Lets start our research quest by taking a closer look at Google Google - are you aware of the advanced search option? - are you aware that you can narrow your search by date? Google Uncle Sam?Google Uncle Sam - Is this news to you? You can search for US federal, state and local information Google Scholar?Google Scholar? Access to scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles - Did you know that you can search of cases on GS? Google Books?

7 I often start my quest by googeling a research guide: E.g. _employment.cfmE.g. _employment.cfm I always ending up using a combination of classic legal research tools and internet tools.

8 Free government web sites? FDsys Agency websites: Note the RSS –feed. You can also subscribe to the blog and updates…..

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10 How many titles of the US code? n.shtmlhttp://uscode.house.gov/codification/legislatio n.shtml

11 2 links to the US Code: Scode.action?collectionCode=USCODEhttp://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionU Scode.action?collectionCode=USCODE LII Legal Information Institute. (Facilitated by Cornell University School of Law)

12 To be on the safe side…. United States Code Classification Tables from the Office of the Law Revision Counsel show where recently enacted laws will appear in the United States Code and which sections of the Code have been amended by those laws.United States Code Classification Tables

13 Did you know that you can update the US Code with out Shepardizing or KeyCiting? Option 1. LII / Legal Information Institute

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15 Researching federal regulations. It is very easy when you have a known citation. Via the Cornell LII Legal Institute Web side.Cornell LII Legal Institute Web side Lets select title 29 Chapter 14

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18 Note: No RSS-feed but instead direct link to E-CFR Note: No RSS-feed but instead direct link to E-CFR

19 But remember: you cannot cite to E-CFR…..

20 Original text of the CFR is located at: r.action?collectionCode=CFRhttp://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCf r.action?collectionCode=CFR You need to update via the Federal register online or LSA/LPA online……

21 What do you do? LSA is not listed on r.action?collectionCode=CFR yet. r.action?collectionCode=CFR So…….. you go to GPO ACCESS to locate the LSA/LPA and update your CFR citation via these sources.GPO ACCESS

22 Federal Regulations – unknown citation but known statute Locate the Parallel Table of Authorities and Rules for the Code of Federal Regulations and the United States Code Text | PDF TextPDF.

23 State materials can also be accessed on the internet………. State materials can also be accessed on the internet………. You can even do a topical search…….. State statutes by topic LexisNexis Georgia Code for free?

24 The Georgia Code search options are indeed better than the: m option m And this option?: Which do you prefer?

25 The challenge: No ones done the job for you. You do not have access to useful editorial annotations.

26 What does a library have to offer? Besides books and databases? an online catalog… Lets explore worldcat.orgworldcat.org WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide

27 Consider narrowing by year Consider narrowing by Related Subjects Discrimination in employment -- Law and legislation -- United States. Age discrimination in employment -- Law and legislation -- United States. Discrimination in employment -- Law and legislation -- United States. Age discrimination in employment -- Law and legislation -- United States. Consider narrowing down by source Gov. DocsGov. Docs

28 Did you know that you can browse any law school library catalog?library catalog Get familiar with your sorting options. I love the sort by year feature.by year feature

29 LexisNexis by credit card option: sepullcheck.asp?_svc=SH sepullcheck.asp?_svc=SH KeyCite by credit card option:

30 Before you embark on your research quest via the internet: 1. Download Zotero.com? Yes; I promise that this Firefox extension will keep your research organized……. This is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work in the web browser itself. - check out the audio tutorial. Zotero works on HeinOnline and does a good attempt in bluebooking articles that are located on HeinOnline and online catalogs in addition to things you find online.

31 There are more options out there – however, my time is out. Questions? Feel free to contact me at or call me at should you have any question regarding this presentation.

32 The last couple of slides are some snap shoots of the some of the pages I introduced you to.

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46 You can search for state cases in Google Scholars advanced search mode. Google Scholars advanceGoogle Scholars advance

47 Remember you can narrow by date in Googles adv. Search option…. Googles adv. Search optionGoogles adv. Search option

48 Try exploring Google Uncle Sam as well Google Uncle SamGoogle Uncle Sam

49 I hope that I have been able to provide you with some great starting points on the internet. All you need is a known citation and expand your research from there. A combination of the internet and classic legal research sources is the way to go. Good luck with your future research tasks!


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