Why is it important to be able to do California legal research in print?


Today, Tuesday, Sept. 27th, from noon to 12:30, Prof. June MacLeod’s will be teaching a mini-class in the library entitled “Doing California Research in Print”

Why is it important to be able to do California legal research in print?

Not all firms have access to Westlaw and Lexis, and even if the firm that hires you does have access, they may not permit new associates to use them at will because of the expense associated with online research.

Although California primary law is available online, often the annotations that are available in commercial publications such as Deering’s Annotated Statutes, or West’s California Digests, are essential to the research process, and these are not freely available online.

To assist you in learning how to do California legal research in print, I am listing below the main primary and secondary California Legal resources along with a brief description of what information they contain, and links to tutorials on how, when, and why to use these print resources.

Primary Law

Title of Publication   Content Tutorials – Print, Audio and Video
San Diego County code of regulatory ordinances San Diego County Ordinances  
San Diego Municipal Code San Diego City Municipal Code  
Deering’s California Code California Statutes (organized by topic, with annotations leading you to relevant cases) California Primary Sources (CALI Tutorial. Email cdeane@tjsl.edu for the CALI Registration Code) Statutes and Codes – Video

 

West’s California Code California Statutes (organized by topic, with annotations leading you to relevant cases) California Primary Sources (CALI Tutorial. Email cdeane@tjsl.edu for the CALI Registration Code) Statutes and Codes – Video

 

Barclays official California code of regulations California Regulations (rules created by California Agencies) California Primary Sources (CALI Tutorial. Email cdeane@tjsl.edu for the CALI Registration Code)
California reports, 3d series California Supreme Court Cases California Primary Sources (CALI Tutorial. Email cdeane@tjsl.edu for the CALI Registration Code)
Official California appellate reports, 4th series California Appellate Court Cases California Primary Sources (CALI Tutorial. Email cdeane@tjsl.edu for the CALI Registration Code)

Finding Aids

Title of Publication (linked to TJSL Catalog) Content Tutorials – Print, Audio and Video
West’s California digest 2d. Summaries of California Cases organized by topic and Keynumber Using Case Law Digests (Video)


Secondary Sources (Some examples)

Title of Publication (linked to TJSL Catalog) Content Tutorials – Print, Audio and Video
Legal EncyclopediasCalifornia Jurisprudence (Cal Jur)Witkin Summary of the Law (Witkins) General Overview to give you background information on a legal topic specific to California Law California Secondary Sources (CALI Tutorial. Email cdeane@tjsl.edu for the CALI Registration Code) Witkin Tutorial – by Witkin

 

Using Secondary Sources – Video

 

California Practice Guides Practical “How To” information explaining the intricacies of how to do things. California Secondary Sources (CALI Tutorial. Email cdeane@tjsl.edu for the CALI Registration Code) Using Secondary Sources – Video
Eg.          Marsh’s California Corporation Law Multi-Volume Treatises – Detailed commentary and analysis on a specific legal topic California Secondary Sources (CALI Tutorial. Email cdeane@tjsl.edu for the CALI Registration Code) Using Secondary Sources – Video
Opinions of the Attorney General of California Attorney General Opinions California Secondary Sources (CALI Tutorial. Email cdeane@tjsl.edu for the CALI Registration Code)

Research Tutorials on Various Topics from USD

Note: When the tutorials discuss looking things up in Sally, you can look up the same thing in our catalog, called ThomCat

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