Stetson University

Legal Research Tools and Strategies

Contents

Researching Court Cases
Researching Statutes
Researching Administrative Law
Citators
Secondary Sources
Legislative History Research
Online Research Tools
Foreign and International Law Research
Legal Research Strategies
Tips from the Librarians
Issues Affecting Non-Profit Corporations

 

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Researching Court Cases

Court Cases

Elements of a Case (4:12 min.)
[The elements of a case in print, on Lexis & Westlaw]

Finding Court Cases

An Introduction to Digests in Print (7:18 min.)
[Explanation of digests: how they are organized & used]

Digests in Lexis-Nexis (5:28 min.)
[How to use the digest to find cases on Lexis]

Digests in Westlaw and WestlawNext
[How to use the digest in Westlaw and WestlawNext]

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Researching Statutes

Federal Statutes

The Federal Legislative Process (7:10 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Basic overview of the federal legislative process]

Publication of Federal Statutory Law (5:23 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[The publication of federal statutes from slip law to Statutes at Large to codification]

Federal codes (4:40 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Overview of the U.S.C., U.S.C.A. & U.S.C.S. explaining annotated & unannotated codes]

How to Locate Federal Statues in Print (4:30 min.)
[How to Locate Federal Statues in Print]

How to Update Federal Statutes in Print (3:06 min.)
[How to Update Statutes in Print]

Find & Update Federal Statutes Using Lexis (6:14 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Find statutes by citation, popular name & table of contents & Shepardize (update) statutes on Lexis]

Find & Update Federal Statutes Using Westlaw (5:28) min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Find statutes by citation, popular name & table of contents & KeyCite (update) statutes on Westlaw]

Find & Update Federal Statutes Using Westlaw Next (7:52min.)
PowerPoint PDF
[Find statutes by ctiation, popular name & table of contents & KeyCite (update) statutes using Westlaw Next]

Find & Update Federal Statutes Using Free Resources (7:41 min.)
PowerPoint PDF
[Use free resources including GPO Access, Office of Law Revision Counsel & Thomas to find & Update statutes]

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State Statutes

Introduction to State Statutes (10:02 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[General introduction to state statutes including session laws and codes.]

Florida State Statutes (12-to-14 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Introduces Florida session laws, unannotated & annotated codes & print and online sources]

Municipal Law

Introduction to Municipal Law (5:19 min.) PowerPoint PDF [Introduces municipal codes and explains how to find and use them]

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Researching Administrative Law

Introduction to Administrative Law (4:00 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[What is administrative law? What is involved in understanding administrative law?]

Federal Administrative Law (15:43 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Federal administrative law can include federal legislation, executive orders, and, of course, administrative agencies.]

Federal Administrative Agencies in the Research Process (8:54 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Strategies for understanding the role admnistrative agencies play in the research process and finding agency information]

Federal Administrative Law and Executive Orders (4:07 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Strategies for understanding and researching the role of executive orders in administrative law]

Finding and using the Federal Register (5:33 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[The Federal Register (Fed. Reg.) is an essential resource in federal administrative law research.]

Finding and using the Code of Federal Regulations (5:33 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[The Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) is an essential resource in federal administrative law research.]

Administrative Law Research Strategies (10:07 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Strategies for successful administrative law research]

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Citators - What are they and how are they used?

Online Citators: An Introduction (5:00 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[What are citators and why are they important?]

Online Citators: KeyCite Westlaw (10:15 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[How to use KeyCite, Westlaw's online citator]

Online Citators: KeyCite Westlaw Next (11:55 min) PowerPoint PDF
[Working with KeyCite when using Westlaw Next]

Online Citators: Shepard's LexisNexis (8:44 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[How to use Shepard's, the LexisNexis online citator]

Online Citators: Loislaw Quick Tips (4:43 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Tips for using Loislaw as a citator]

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Using Secondary Sources in Legal Research

Introduction to Secondary Sources (4:29 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[What are secondary sources? Why are they important and useful in legal research?]

Legal Encyclopedias (6:24 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Legal encyclopedias are frequently a good starting point for legal research]

American Law Reports (6:31 min) PowerPoint PDF
[Focusing on narrow legal issues, these secondary sources bring together references to cases &
other secondary sources]

Legal Periodicals (5:48 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Law journal articles, bar journal publications and even legal newsletters can be excellent tools for
legal research]

Treatises (5:30 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[A treatise is a scholarly work on a specific legal topic or area of law.]

Restatement of the Law (4:57 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Restatements focus on specific areas of the law and attempt to identify black letter law and
cases applying this law.]

Evaluating Legal Resources (5:41 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[It is essential to evaluate all research sources, both primary and secondary]

JSTOR (9:19 min.)
[a collection of over 1,000 legal and academic journals and related resources]

Journals A-Z (8:00 min.)
[Lists journals by title and subject indicating databases and dates of coverage that include the listed journals with links to the databases]

CALI (5:14 min.)
[Interactive online lessons in over 40 areas of law]

Words and Phrases (4:00 min.)
[How to use Words and Phrases to locate legal definitions in context] 

Current Index to Legal Periodicals (1:30 min.)
[How to access the Current Index to Legal Periodicals] 

 
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Legislative History Research

Introduction to Federal Legislative History (9:45 min) PowerPoint PDF
[Introduces Federal Legislative History including strategies & sources]

>HeinOnline & Federal Legislative History (12:14 min) PowerPoint PDF
[Use HeinOnline to find compiled legislative histories, federal session laws
and bill numbers]

ProQuest Congressional & Federal Legislative History (9:45 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Use ProQuest (formerly LexisNexis) Congressional to find legislative histories, Congressional reports
and hearings]

Florida Legislative History (11:31 min) PowerPoint PDF
[Strategies & sources for florida legislative histories]

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Online Research Tools

The Current Index to Legal Periodicals (1:54 min.)
[How to access the Current Index to Periodicals]

LEXIS

An Introduction to Lexis (5:55 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Basic introduction to LexisNexis including how to access and begin using this legal database]

An Introduction to Lexis Advance (14:51 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Basic introduction to Lexis Advance including how to access and begin using this legal database]

Boolean Searching using Lexis (5:38 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Lexis terms & connectors, often called Boolean, search strategies]


WESTLAW

An Introduction to WestlawNext (4:00 min.)
[Basic introduction to WestlawNext]

An Introduction to Westlaw (6:35 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Basic introduction to Westlaw including how to access and begin using this
legal database]

Find & Update Federal Statutes Using Westlaw Next (7:52 min.) PowerPoint PDF

[Find statutes by citation, popular name & table of contents & KeyCite (update) statutes on Westlaw]

Boolean Searching using Westlaw (6:29 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[Westlaw terms & connectors, often called Boolean, search strategies]

Boolean Searching using WestlawNext (8:10 min.) PowerPoint PDF
[WestlawNext terms & connectors, often called Boolean, search strategies]


FREE ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

Free Online Legal Resources (26:00 min.)
[How to use a variety of free, legal resources]

Google Scholar
(3:32 min.)
[How to use Google Scholar for legal research]

Westpac (9:21 min.)
[How to use Westpac for legal research]


 Foreign and International Law Research

Conducting Foreign Legal Research (4:00 min.)
[How to Conduct Foreign Legal Research] 

Conducting International Legal Research (4:00 min.)
[How to Conduct International Legal Research] 

 
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Legal Research Strategies

Introduction to Boolean Searching (7:58 min.) PowerPoint PDF [Also called Terms & Connectors searching, boolean searching is an everday part of online research]

Legal Research Strategies Guide PDF [Useful guide for developing research strategies - Includes tips for online research and stresses the importance of keeping a detailed, dated research log for all researh projects]

Tips From Librarians

How to Access the West Study Aids Package (4:00 min.)
[How to Access Stetson's West Study Aids Subscription] 



How to Make Interlibary Loan Requests
(3:10 min.) PowerPoint
[How to make Interlibrary Loan Requests through the Stetson Law Library]

WorldCat (4:00 min.)
[How to Locate Library Materials Using WorldCat] 

How to make Study Room Reservations (2:00 min.) PowerPoint
[How to reserve a study room]

How to access My Library (2:11 min.) PowerPoint
[How to take advantage of the My Library features in our catalog]

How to set up BNA Email Alerts (4:11 min.) PowerPoint
[How to stay up to date on your subjects of interest by setting up BNA Email Alerts]

How to Place a Hold in our Online Catalog (4:00 min.)
[How to Place a Hold in Our Online Catalog] 


 

Table of Contents

Creating a Table of Contents Using Word 2010 (4:46 min.) PDF [How to create a Table of Contents in Word 2010 that can be updated automatically as the document changes]

Table of Authorities

Creating a Table of Authorities Using Word 2010 (2:56 min.) PDF [How to create a Table of Authorites in Word 2010 that can be updated automatically as the document changes]



Issues Affecting Non-Profit Corporations

Non-Profit Basics (9:50 min.) PowerPoint

Tax-Exempt Status (17:13 min.) PowerPoint

Donations & Fundraising (13:10 min.) PowerPoint

Non-Profit Board Members & Officers (11:34 min.) PowerPoint

Non-Profit Employees & Volunteers (19:13 min.) PowerPoint

Non-Profit Risk Management (6:00 min.) PowerPoint

Non-Profit Income & Records (11:53 min.)PowerPoint

Useful Non-Profit Resources (4:46 min.) PowerPoint

Frequently asked questions about Non-Profit Corporations

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