Saturday, December 3, 2011

Reminder to students to research statutes

Neverss_300In a short, accessible reminder for students, Brigham Young librarian Shawn G. Nevers recently advised them to look for statutes when researching a legal issue. Because so much law is codified now, Nevers wrote, “There’s a good possibility that a statute applies to your issue.” He suggested beginning with a subject-based source like an index or a table of contents. After locating a relevant statute, the student should check surrounding sections, which may be part of an overall scheme. Nevers explained that printed codes may be easier to skim for this purpose than on-line sources are. His October Student Lawyer article is available here.


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