Friday, February 23, 2007

Annotated Codes are your friends

If you have a project involving a statute, remember annotated codes (e.g. McKinneys, USCA, USCS, codes from other states) can be incredible research tools and time savers. If you know your statute citation, go to the annotated code - in print or on Lexis or Westlaw - and look for the Notes of Decisions or Case Notes section right after the statutory text. These sections will tell you what cases have interpreted your statute, saving you loads of time looking for cases.

If you need a refresher, watch for announcements next week for March research workshops. If you cannot wait, of course, do not hesitate to ask your friendly Reference Librarians.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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