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  • Use news resources to find current and historical newspaper articles about legislation and legal cases
  • Use an online database  to find articles about a legislation and legal cases

 

 

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    • Knowing basics about your topic (names of people involved, dates, etc.) is helpful before you begin researching.

    • If you don't have any background information, try using reference sources for some basics.
    • This can also help you think of other keywords or synonyms to use in searches.
    • Research the specific people (if any) involved in the topic as well as the topic itself.
    • Did they perhaps write something about it? Search for them as an author.
    • If you find one article or book, but need more, consult the bibliography for sources.

    • Many databases have a find more like this link in the articles, use it to see more articles related to the topic.

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