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Table of Contents
|Introduction to Legal Research||p. 1|
|Introduction to the legal system||p. 2|
|Introduction to the process of legal research||p. 9|
|Overview of print and electronic search strategies||p. 12|
|Introduction to legal citation||p. 15|
|Overview of this text||p. 22|
|Generating Search Terms||p. 25|
|Generating search terms based on categories of information||p. 25|
|Expanding the initial search||p. 27|
|Secondary Source Research||p. 29|
|Introduction to secondary sources||p. 29|
|Researching secondary sources in print||p. 31|
|Researching secondary sources electronically||p. 50|
|Citing secondary sources||p. 53|
|Sample pages for print secondary source research||p. 59|
|Checklist for secondary source research||p. 74|
|Case Research||p. 77|
|Introduction to cases||p. 77|
|Researching cases in print||p. 84|
|Researching cases electronically||p. 99|
|Citing cases||p. 105|
|Sample pages for researching cases using a print digest||p. 108|
|Checklist for case research||p. 126|
|Research with Citators||p. 129|
|Introduction to citators||p. 129|
|Using Shepard's in LexisNexis for case research||p. 132|
|Using KeyCite in Westlaw for case research||p. 140|
|Using Shepard's Citations in print for case research||p. 145|
|Sample pages for case research with Shepard's and Keycite||p. 148|
|Checklist for case research with citators||p. 155|
|Statutory Research||p. 157|
|Introduction to statutory law||p. 157|
|Researching statutes in print||p. 163|
|Researching statutes electronically||p. 174|
|Citing statutes||p. 184|
|Sample pages for print statutory research||p. 186|
|Checklist for statutory research||p. 198|
|Federal Legislative History Research||p. 199|
|Introduction to federal legislative history||p. 199|
|Researching federal legislative history in print||p. 206|
|Researching federal legislative history electronically||p. 214|
|Citing federal legislative history||p. 222|
|Sample pages for federal legislative history research||p. 224|
|Checklist for federal legislative history research||p. 233|
|Federal Administrative Law Research||p. 237|
|Introduction to federal administrative law||p. 237|
|Researching federal regulations in print||p. 242|
|Researching federal regulations electronically||p. 244|
|Citing federal regulations||p. 252|
|Sample pages for federal administrative law research||p. 252|
|Checklist for federal administrative law research||p. 257|
|Subject-Matter Service Research||p. 259|
|Introduction to subject-matter services||p. 259|
|Researching subject-matter services in print, CD-ROM, and Internet formats||p. 261|
|Subject-matter research in LexisNexis and Westlaw||p. 262|
|Citing subject-matter services||p. 263|
|Sample pages for subject-matter service research||p. 264|
|Checklist for subject-matter service research||p. 268|
|Electronic Legal Research||p. 269|
|Introduction to electronic legal research||p. 270|
|Conducting effective electronic legal research||p. 275|
|Additional electronic research resources||p. 292|
|Citing authority obtained from electronic legal research services||p. 296|
|Sample pages for electronic legal research||p. 299|
|Checklist for electronic legal research||p. 303|
|Developing a Research plan||p. 305|
|Introduction to research planning||p. 305|
|Creating a research plan||p. 305|
|Finding help||p. 318|
|Sample research plans||p. 320|
|Research checklists||p. 325|
|Selected Internet Research Resources||p. 333|
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