Introduction to Legal Research & Government Policy Resources

Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg for Health Policy Development (H.Serv. 552)
Updated Nov. 10, 2003.

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Primary Legal Materials

Statutes (laws in force)

Bills (laws being considered for enactment)

Cases (written decisions of appellate courts)

  • United States (federal)
    • LexisNexis Academic > Legal Research > Get a Case (when you have a citation or know the names of the parties)
    • LexisNexis Academic > Legal Research > Federal Case Law
    • LexisOne
    • Cornell University's Legal Information Institute
    • Print
      • U.S. Reports (U.S.)
      • Supreme Court Reporter (S.Ct.)
      • Federal Reporter (F., F.2d, F.3d) (decisions of the courts of appeals)
      • Federal Supplement (F.Supp.) (selected decisions of the district courts)
  • Washington State
    • LexisNexis Academic > Legal Research > State Case Law > Washington
    • LegalWA
    • Findlaw
    • Print
      • Washington Reports (Wash., Wash.2d) (decisions of the Washington Supreme Court)
      • Washington Appellate Reports (Wash.App.) (decisions of the Washington Courts of Appeal)
      • Pacific Reporter (P., P.2d, P.3d) (decisions of the Washington Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, along with appellate court decisions from neighboring states)
  • Foreign countries

Regulations

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Secondary Sources

Law review articles

News stories and reports

Public policy articles

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Government Policy Resources

United States (federal)

Washington State

Foreign countries

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Online Legal Dictionaries

Need help with legal terminology? Consult one of these online legal dictionaries or see the Gallagher guide on Legal Dictionaries:

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