Research Skills Videos

Primary Source Research Information:

West’s Regional Digest System

Located at LRC Reading Room KF 135

State Caselaw Research

West’s Regional Reporters provide access to state cases. Each reporter is accompanied by a digest that allows researchers to find cases that address a particular legal issue.

State Caselaw video

West’s Federal Practice Digest

Located at LRC Reading Room KF127 W48

Federal Caselaw Research

West’s Federal Digest is a large compilation of Caselaw summaries, also called squibs. Organized by West’s Digest Topic and Key Number system, the Digest allows researchers to find federal cases that address a particular legal issue.

Federal Caselaw video

West’s California Digest

Located at LRC California Room KFC 57 .W53

California Caselaw Research

West’s California Digest is a large compilation of Caselaw summaries, also called squibs. Organized by West’s Digest Topic and Key Number system, the Digest allows researchers to find all California state cases and federal cases arising out of California that address a particular legal issue.

California Caselaw video

United States Code Annotated (USCA) and United States Code Service (USCS)

Located at LRC Reading Room KF62.U53 andKF 62.U55

Federal Legislative Research

United States Code Annotated (published by West) and the United States Code Service (published by Lexis) are annotated versions of the United States Code. The annotated codes follow the same title and section arrangement as the official Code but include annotations to judicial decisions, law review articles, legal encyclopedias, American Law Reports, and other secondary sources.

Federal Anotated Codes video

West’s Annotated California Code and Deering’s California Codes

Located at LRC California Room KFC30.W4 and KFC30.D4

California Legislative Research

West’s Annotated California Code andDeering’s California Codes (published by Lexis) are annotated versions of the California State Code. In addition to the actual text of the statute, you'll find summaries of law review articles, legal encyclopedias, American Law Reports, and other secondary sources.

California Anotated Codes video

Secondary Source Research Information:

American Law Reports (ALR)

Located at LRC Reading Room KF 132

ALR is a set of Annotations. Each annotation provides researchers with a representative case summary addressing a specific legal issue, accompanied by secondary analysis and references to additional Caselaw and other sources. American Law Reports have been issued in 8 series: ALR, ALR 2d – ALR 6th, ALR Fed., and ALR Fed.2d and include an Annotation History Table to identify relevant annotations published in later series.

American Law Reports video

AmJur (American Jurisprudence) & CJS (Corpus Juris Secundum)

Located in the LRC Reading Room at KF 154

These legal encyclopedias are excellent starting points for legal research. They provide a brief review of the law and key terminology in the area, which can help you create targeted and more relevant keyword searches.

AmJur and CJS video

CalJur (California Jurisprudence) & Witkin’s Summary of California Law

Located at LRC California Room KFC 80

These legal encyclopedias are excellent starting points for legal research specific to California state law. They provide a brief review of the law and key terminology in the area, which can help you create targeted and more relevant keyword searches.

CalJur and Witkin's Summary video

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