This exercise will provide the student with a detailed introduction to using the digests to find case law. Example pages from the West reporters and digests are provided and hypothetical research issues are demonstrated to show how these books are used.
- This Subject Area Index lists all CALI lessons covering Legal Research.
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This lesson will cover how to conduct legal research about the U.S. Constitution and the constitutions of individual states.
Through this introductory lesson, students will learn how federal laws are made and about the federal legislative process. Students will also learn about the various types of documents that are created as a proposed bill works its way through Congress. These documents comprise the legislative history of an enacted law.
Additionally, this lesson teaches students how to research a statute's federal legislative history, including how to use free websites and paid services. The last part of the lesson walks students through two hypotheticals on legislative history.
This lesson will cover how to research the constitutions of countries besides the United States.
This CALI Lesson covers the basics of how to research U.S. patent law. It covers both print and online resources, and gives you a thorough introduction to the primary sources of patent law. It also demonstrates the various types of secondary resources that can be useful when researching patent law. Also, this lesson makes extensive use of graphics to show you what these resources look like, including pictures of print resources and screen captures of Westlaw, Lexis, and other online resources.
This lesson will familiarize you with primary and secondary sources available in Idaho. It covers the Idaho primary law including the Idaho Constitution, statutes, legislative history, municipal codes, administrative law, and court decisions. The secondary sources portion of the lesson provides a general overview of secondary sources and how you can use them in your research as well as coverage of Idaho specific secondary sources.
This lesson provides an introduction to Illinois focused secondary sources. The reader will learn how to use these sources in both print and digital formats.
This lesson will teach you how to locate treaties between Indian tribes and the United States government. It will also show you how to determine whether a particular treaty provision is still in effect and how to interpret ambiguous treaty provisions.
This lesson will introduce you to the basic sources for finding primary law in Indiana, and how to use them.
In this lesson the student will learn the basic secondary sources that are specific to the state of Indiana and how to use them. No prior knowledge of Indiana law is necessary to understand this lesson; however, students interested in learning more about legal research in Indiana law are invited to peruse the companion CALI lesson on Indiana Primary Resources.
This is an introduction to researching the law relating to inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies. IGOs and NGOs have significant input into international law and finding their resources can be integral to research in international law.
This lesson demonstrates the way in which internet searching can provide access to internal administrative agency materials.