Researching Laws & Legislation
Learn how to go beneath the headlines and current debates to examine the text of laws and/or proposed legislation with a focus on Congress, the Supreme Court, Executive Orders, and state legislatures. This introductory workshop will highlight library resources, open government resources, and search strategies to support researchers across many disciplines and interest areas to navigate legal and legislative history resources.
- - Participants will understand the importance of collecting background information to support searching for laws & legislative history.
- - Participants will learn about the pros & cons of library databases versus open government resources.
- - Participants will become reacquainted with civics/how government works as they learn to select information resources based on jurisdiction and navigate database limiters that organize information by legislative activity and/or document type.
Information Literacy concepts:
Individual or Group:
Iterations of this session have been offered as workshops. This session appeals to students across many disciplines who use legal research (Journalism, Social Work, Education, Political Science, History, etc) as well as activists, genealogists, and more.
Lesson plan includes search examples and background information that help with searching for legal resources.