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Legal Resources

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Finding Topic Background Information

Articles from education journals, news publications, reports, and law reviews will help you identify and explain the importance of your judicial, legislative, or public policy.  They also may discuss significant holdings, trends in litigation, relevant law, and contrary opinions (Law review articles may be particularly useful for this).  These databases will be a good place to start your literature review. 

Cases, Statutes, and Legislation

Strategies for Finding Cases, Statutes, and Legislation Related to Your Topic

  • See what cases are mentioned in your textbook.  Look up the case in Nexis Uni and use the headnotes and the Citing Decisions links in the right column of the decision to find related cases.
  • Use West's Education Law Digest located in the Bracken Library to find cases on a topic.
  • Look for law review articles on your topic in Nexis Uni, they will cite cases and existing statutes related to your topic.  Also, they often include a history of the issue and make an argument for why current policy should be changed.
  • Do a keyword search in Nexis Uni and use the facets in the left column of the results list to narrow results to cases or statutes.
  • Use ProQuest Congressional to find current legislation.