This guide is a veritable bonanza for legal researchers in finding work that has already been done so you don’t reinvent the wheel.
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This guide shows you how to do preemption checks on your potential law review articles, or major scholarly writings which you might be doing for an independent study. A preemption check is much more than just Shepardizing, and this guide tells you how to do it yourself and do it right the first time.
From THOMAS to FedWorld, here’s every link you’ll ever need to do governmental research online for free. The Federal Government puts most of this information online at no charge; this research guide tells you where to find it.
Oh yes, there’s much more to the UCC than you learned in Contracts; the law school has excellent classes in Commercial Law and Payment Systems, but this research guide can help you get going with basic UCC questions and how they apply to Washington law. The guide, by Kelly Kunsch, also features a carefully curated list of hornbooks and secondary sources for various aspects of commercial law in case you want to know more but aren’t quite ready to take Payment Systems … yet.
Here are some common questions and answers:
- How do I go about selecting my paper topic?
Current awareness sources like topical newsletters (e.g. BNA reports) and legal newspapers (e.g. National Law Journal) are very useful. See also our Journal Staff Legal Research Guide for Tools for Finding a Topic. You may also want to check out these useful books: Scholarly Writing for Law Students, Reserve KF250.F34 2011; Academic Legal Writing, Reserve KF250.V65 2010.
- How do I find out which articles have already been written on my topic?
Consult our Preemption Check Research Guide.
- Where can I get help with my research?
Send us a question via our e-mail reference service at email@example.com or visit us or call the reference desk at (206) 398-4225.
So you decided to take Business Entities this semester and you’re feeling a burning desire to know more about corporate law, or maybe more about Washington-specific corporate law? This research guide, by Kelly Kunsch, is packed with everything you need, from where to find forms for corporate formation to useful journals relating to corporate law (check out the Securities Regulation Law Journal for possible vacation reading!) or where to find Washington corporation registrations online.
Written by Tina Ching, this research guide provides an introduction to Washington and Federal administrative codes and processes. It is useful for general administrative law issues and questions, and features a number of secondary sources which can help you explore the subject further.
Often a source of intelligent commentary, journal articles can be quite useful when conducting legal research. There are two major sources for journal articles available through the Seattle University Library system: the A to Z List through the Law Library and the Full Text Electronic Journal List through the Lemieux Library.
The Law Library’s A to Z List is an excellent source for those looking for journal articles on any legal topic. The A to Z list allows access to electronic journals available through West, Lexis, Hein, and LegalTrac. The List provides three methods for accessing articles: a journal title search engine, an alphabetical browsing list, and a topical index. Journal coverage primarily focuses on legal topics, including all major law reviews, along with many relevant sources for legal news and cases. For those without Lexis or Westlaw subscriptions, remember that we have access through computers in the Law Library!
Those looking for a useful source of information on all things non-legal should be sure to examine Lemieux’s Full Text Electronic Journal List. Similar in structure to the A to Z list, the Full Text List provides access to journals through a title search engine, an alphabetical list for browsing, and a topical index. The Full Text list includes refereed academic journals on all major subject areas ranging from the arts and humanities to the natural and social sciences. Coverage is quite comprehensive as all of the published issues of many journals are available through the list.
Combined, these two sources should help to meet all of your legal and non-legal journal research needs!
The Law Library has a selection of popular movies with legal themes available in our collection. Some of the films include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Amistad and The Magdalene Sisters. Our film collection is located in the reserve area of the library and movies are available for check out. You can browse our feature films here.