Introduction to Legal Research Resources SIEBL July 22, 2009 Ann Hemmens University of Washington Gallagher.
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Introduction to Legal Research Resources SIEBL July 22, 2009 Ann Hemmens http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/siebl2009.html University of Washington Gallagher Law Library
U.S. Legal System Federalism – two levels of government (federal and state) Separation of powers – ensure that none of 3 branches of government usurps powers of other branches
Branches of Government Constitution Legislative Statutes Stat. & USC RCW Judicial Cases US & Fed 3d P3d & Wash. Executive Regulations Administrative Decisions CFR & FR WAC & WSR
Primary & Secondary Authority Primary – Statement of "the law" (e.g., statutes, cases, regulations) from bodies with law- making authority (e.g., legislative, judicial and executive) Secondary – Explain, interpret, and help you locate the primary law – Includes: Treatises, Hornbooks, law review articles, legal encyclopedias, Restatements, Nutshells etc.
U.S Legal Citation Format: The Bluebook The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (KF245.U5 2005 18th ed. in Reference Area) Bluebook 101 (http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/bluebook101. html)http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/bluebook101. html Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2006 ed.), by Peter W. Martin (http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation/)http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation/
Legal Research: Secondary Sources/Authority Law Review Articles (http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/Law/) Law Review Articles – Fulltext articles: LexisNexis Academic – Fulltext articles: HeinOnline – Index for finding law review articles: LegalTrac Legal News articles (http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/Law/) Legal News articles – Full-Text on LexisNexis Academic Newsletters and more from BNA (http://lib.law.washington.edu/bna/) Newsletters and more from BNA – (corporate law, intellectual property, trade and commerce)
More Business and Law Resources UW Libraries Business databases, http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/Business/ http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/Business/ – Academic Search Complete – EBSCO Business Source Complete Books – UWLaw Library Catalog (http://lib.law.washington.edu/) UWLaw Library Catalog – UW Libraries Catalog UW Libraries Catalog
Free Internet Sources Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com/)http://scholar.google.com/ – Search scholarly literature from MANY disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Internet Legal Resources (http://lib.law.washington.edu/research/research.html)http://lib.law.washington.edu/research/research.html – Free websites and UW Restricted databases containing US and Washington state legal materials (court opinions, laws/statutes/codes, regulations).
Remember : Your Starting Points for Legal Research UW Libraries Law subject page, http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/Law/ http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/Law/ UW Gallagher Law Library, http://lib.law.washington.edu/ http://lib.law.washington.edu/ University of Washington Gallagher Law Library