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LIGN 105: Law & Language (Winter 2017): Home

Linguistics 105

Basic Legal Resources

 

Hello Researchers!

 

This guide is designed to help you start your Law & Language library research.

Westlaw Campus and LexisNexis Academic (and HeinOnline, too) contain the full text of law review articles. They also all have the full text of federal and state case law (court opinions) as well as other research tools including encyclopedias and other reference books.

The advantage of using Westlaw Campus or LexisNexis Academic is that both publishers provide headnotes--brief summaries of the particular points of law made in the court case--that will help you interpret the opinion. They are a good place to look for linguistic issues that may not be in the body of the opinion itself.

Note that lower-level court transcripts are not available in these databases and are generally only available by contacting the original court for availability and ordering instructions. (Expect to pay a fee.) See newspapers/media coverage for additional information on cases that never made it to the appellate courts or beyond.