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Chapter 11 The Desperate Researcher. “I can’t find anything!”. Common Research Roadblocks. I know the name of a case. How do I find the full citation? Shepard’s Case Name Citator Plaintiff/Defendant Table Digest Table of Cases Plaintiff/Defendant Table

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chapter 11 the desperate researcher

Chapter 11The Desperate Researcher

“I can’t find anything!”

common research roadblocks
Common Research Roadblocks
  • I know the name of a case.

How do I find the full citation?

    • Shepard’s Case Name Citator
      • Plaintiff/Defendant Table
    • Digest Table of Cases
      • Plaintiff/Defendant Table
  • I know the name of a party in a case, but don’t know the title. Can I find the case?
    • Digest Table of Cases
      • Plaintiff/Defendant Table
    • Call the Court (that issued opinion)
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I know the name of a recent case but can’t find it.
    • Reporter/Advance Sheets
      • Recent cases
    • Internet
      • Westlaw/Lexis
    • Loose-leaf Services
    • Call the Court (issued the opinion)
    • Call the Law Library
  • I have just one or two cases, and can’t find anything else. What should I do?
    • Regular sources, including Shepardize
    • Authority within authority (cases w/i cases)
    • Statutory Research Tools (key numbers, etc.)
advanced techniques american jurisprudence
Advanced Techniques:American Jurisprudence
  • Volume Index/Title Index
    • Use after researching General Index
    • Volume/Title Index:
      • Extensive index on one topic
        • E.g., Negligence
      • Note: Volume Index covers ONLY materials in that Volume
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Advanced Techniques:C.J.S
  • Review Key Numbers
    • Access relevant regional Digest
      • Research Key Number
advanced techniques digests
Advanced Techniques:Digests

Digests = headnotes of case law

  • Research:
    • 1. Descriptive Word Index
    • 2. Key Topic and Number
    • 3. Locate Topic (main volumes)
    • 4. Leads to additional authority in jxn.
      • Statutory cites at end of headnotes

Check the Decennial Digest Index

advanced techniques american law reports
Advanced Techniques:American Law Reports
  • Annotated Reporter
    • Reports cases
    • Provides commentary
      • Lists additional authority
  • Advanced Techniques
    • A.L.R. 5th (and A.L.R. 4th pocket part) provides:
      • Computer queries
      • Key Number references
the general digest
The General Digest
  • American Digest System
    • Century Digest
      • Indexes cases from 1600s to 1896
    • Decennial Digest
      • Indexes state & federal cases from 1896
    • General Digest
      • Updates Decennial Digest
        • Every 10th Digest has Key Number Table
          • References to Digests covering topic
restatements of the law
Restatements of the Law
  • Treatises on areas of law
    • Index leads to
    • Main volumes
      • Commentary
    • Appendix
      • Provides references to research materials (cases/statutes)
  • Published by American Law Institute

Always check the pocket part!!

legal periodicals
Legal Periodicals
  • Indexes to legal periodicals:
    • Index to Legal Periodicals
    • Current Law Index
  • Current Law Index
    • Research by:
      • Author, title of article, subject matter
    • Years for research
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