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Legal Research

How to Research U.S. Patent Law

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.

Indian Treaties

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.

Indiana Secondary Sources

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.

Internet Legal Resources - Free Resources

This lesson will give students a basic introduction to using the Internet for legal research. Students will consider when it is appropriate to use the Internet as a research tool in legal practice, and they will learn how to evaluate the quality and reliability of free web resources. Students will then be introduced to three practical approaches to doing legal research on the Internet.

Introduction and Sources of Authority for Administrative Law

This exercise begins with some general background questions to help students place administrative agencies within the greater Constitutional scheme. These questions also address the various powers agencies wield, and the ways they are created. Then the exercise examines several print and online directory sources that offer specific details on individual agencies; it goes on to briefly discuss procedural rules, policy statements, and the process of promulgating regulations.

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