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"Law, in its generic sense, is a body of rules or action or conduct prescribed by controlling authority, and having binding legal force." Black's Law Dictionary.
To do any legal research a knowledge of the four forms of law: Constitutional law, Statute law, Administrative law, and Case law, is essential. "Legal research" consists of tracing the history of constitutions, statutes, court cases, and administrative regulations - looking for connections between them, and making interpretations and judgments of them.
Any law, court case, rule or regulation has a legal citation. Legal citations has a specific format and it is different from the citation format used in other academic disciplines. To do legal research you need to be able to understand a legal citation. This is how to read a legal citation:
78 is the volume number; Stat is the abbreviation for United States Statutes at Large, the publication; and 241 is the page number.
This format - volume, abbreviation for the publication, and page number - remains basically the same for all legal materials and it is used to cite law review articles as well as other legal sources.
Nexis Uni is the primary legal research database that is available to WSU faculty, students, and staff. It provides full text access to a wide range of United States, state, and foreign legal materials including codes, court opinions, law reviews and legal periodicals, as well as thousands of news sources and company information. An online guide provides a tutorial and other information on searching Nexis Uni.
An interface provided by the company Third Iron, BrowZine allows patrons to browse and stay current with the electronic journals in their academic fields. BrowZine provides multiple entry points to connect with scholarly materials, including: via the BrowZine web and mobile applications and from within Search It. Learn more at https://libraries.wsu.edu/browzine/.