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Research Guide - Websites
Westlaw - Use the help function
-KeyCite (see also Shepherd at Nexis Uni)
-Key Number System (controlled vocabulary) - Key number system in Westlaw is a form of controlled vocabulary
NEXISU UNI (formerly Lexis Nexis)
look at both Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis Nexis) AND Westlaw
Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc.
Bowers v. Hardwick (overturned)
The citator in Westaw is KeyCite®, and the citator in Lexis is Shepard's®.
KeyCite® is the citator in Westlaw. KeyCite, quite literally, flags statutes that are not good law.
The redbook: a manual on legal style - Available in the library at Circulation Desk
A good student brief will include a summary of the pertinent facts and legal points raised in the case. It will show the nature of the litigation, who sued whom, based on what occurrences, and what happened in the lower court/s.
The facts are often conveniently summarized at the beginning of the court’s published opinion. Sometimes, the best statement of the facts will be found in a dissenting or concurring opinion. WARNING! Judges are not above being selective about the facts they emphasize. This can become of crucial importance when you try to reconcile apparently inconsistent cases, because the way a judge chooses to characterize and “edit” the facts often determines which way he or she will vote and, as a result, which rule of law will be applied.
WESTLAW CASE BRIEF
1. Select a useful case brief format.
2. Use the right caption when naming the brief.
3. Identify the case facts.
4. Outline the procedural history.
5. State the issues in question.
6. State the holding in your words.
7. Describe the court's rationale for each holding.
8. Explain the final disposition.
9. Include other opinions.
Title and Citation
Facts of the Case