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Legal Research Strategies
Hi everyone! It's Becky. Sad we don't get to hang out face-to-face, but know that I'm still here to help you out with research.The tab at the top has a link to our online reference help. There you can get help via chat, audio, or video all from the same link. It works for computers and on your phone. Before we jump in just a few legal research strategies:
- Find secondary sources that interpret the impact of the law/case first, then find the case
- Know the name of the case or law & which jurisdiction it is from
- Use a legal dictionary
- Recognize that not every situation has exact law or case that match. Much of legal research is finding similar situations and connecting them together.
- State/local resources will differ greatly, but strategies are similar
Click here to watch a quick video that will introduce you to doing legal research utilizing freely available resources: Video Tour of Resources
Law Review & Law Journal Resources
Additional Law Review Journals
- Marquette Sports Law Review (located in Law Review Commons)
- Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal--formerly the Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal (located in Law Review Commons)
Sports Litigation Alert
This database has articles about sports litigation that can direct you to case law. It's $450 for a subscription.
State Specific Legal Resources
Court case specific resources
Search engine of court cases from federal and state courts. Full-text of opinions are available.
PACER documents made available without searching or access fees.
Case law database powered by Google
Sports Specific Legal Resources