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Category: Legal Research Tips


What (really) is the difference between print and online?

Discussion, whether in terms of collection building or of legal research instruction, of print “versus” online resources is outdated and fruitless if that discussion doesn’t seek to clarify and resolve the relative existing and potential qualities of each format in terms of permanence, stability, and “structured” vs. “random” accessibility. The classic visual impression of a …Read the Rest

How would you define “Waters of the United States”?

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking comments on its proposed rule “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act.” The proposed rule was published in the April 21, 2014 Federal Register (79 FR 22188). Comments are currently being accepted until November 14, 2014. This action was due to three Supreme Court …Read the Rest

United States Code: Using The Supplements

As journal students know, Bluebook Table 1.1 says that when citing the United States Code, one should “Cite to U.S.C. if therein.” But sometimes the supplements can look a bit confusing. In this blog post, I hope to clear up some confusion. The first thing to know is that a new edition of the United …Read the Rest

Cite Checking and the Library

Congratulations to all the new 2L associate editors of the Journal of International Law, Health Matrix, and the Case Western Reserve Law Review. The library is here to help you find sources efficiently and effectively. Librarians with at least 100 years combined source-finding experience are available to help you at the reference desk. Use the 15-minute …Read the Rest

Public Health: Past and Present

The Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service has been helping prevent the spread of disease by soldiers returning from foreign ports, maintaining immigrant health, and responding to natural and man-made disasters for over 200 years. The ability of the (United) State(s) to use police power to protect the public health goes back to the …Read the Rest

Pen Power

President Obama has said that he will use the power of the pen (and the telephone) to get results for the American people during his final term. While he did veto two pending federal laws during the first legislative session of his presidency, given the general dysfunction of Congress of late, the President’s current “pen power” …Read the Rest