American Digest System --Index to Cases Annotated Code
Cites to Secondary Resources, e.g. Legal Encyclopedias and Law Review articles Annotated Code
Case Annotations-- Synopses of Cases decided under this code section Annotated Code
Breakdown of topics in Notes of Decisions Annotated Code
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State Codes All states have at least one annotated code. Many states also have an unannotated code. Check Bluebook: A Uniform System of Legal Citation, pp. 170-225 to determine what resources are available for a particular state.
Finding Statutory Law Does the Federal government have a law prohibiting debt collectors from harassing consumers?
Starting your Search Determine Jurisdiction Federal Determine Appropriate Resource United States Code Annotated or United States Code Service Determine Relevant Keywords for use in Code’s General Index
Under Consumer Credit Protection— Debt Collection Practices
Harassment or abuse by debt collectors, prohibitions 15 § 1692d
Legislative Services only update the text of the law. Newer annotations are published in Interim Annotation, or Later Case Services
Sec. 1692d—new case, no new secondary resources
Review of Statutory Research General Index Main Volume Pocket Part or Free-Standing Supplement Advance Sheets Advance Code Service Legislative Service and Interim Annotation Service
Library Exercise Groups of two or three people Locate state annotated code Use General Index to find a code section applicable to issues in first question Once you have a relevant code section, focus on the resource questions rather than the substantive questions.