The Westlaw Campus Research service is a smaller set of the Westlaw Edge service used by attorneys. It contains federal and state statutes, court opinions, law review articles, and legislative history. Westlaw Campus Research is available through GALILEO. You can login to GALILEO with your UGA MyID.
Westlaw Campus Research Help Guide - step-by-step instructions on legal research.
Westlaw Training Tutorials - additional training guides and videos that are not specific to Westlaw Campus Research.
Federal statute or regulation - Do you have a citation to a statute or regulation? See Citations tab for more information
Federal court opinion - Do you have a citation to a court opinion or the names of the parties?
Westlaw's KeyCite system helps legal researchers by 1) telling them if a case or statute is still good law and 2) sorting cases and statutes by relevance to a particular topic.
Is it good law?
KeyCite helps to check the status of an opinion, statute, or regulation. As lawyers say, "Is it still good law?" To the left of a case name, you may see a yellow, red, or blue and white striped flag.
For more detailed information, select Negative Treatment to see what courts have said about the case. Not all negative treatment is necessarily bad. A few examples:
For more help, view pages 15-16 of the Westlaw Campus Research Guide.
Despite the importance of primary sources most legal researchers start their research project with secondary sources. Remember that secondary sources are resources that describe, discuss, or analyze the primary sources. The secondary sources help the researcher find the most relevant or appropriate primary authority, they aid in explaining or interpreting primary authorities. For example, treatises, law review articles, American Law Reports annotations, Restatements of the Law, and looseleaf services are types of secondary authority. Basically everything that is not primary is secondary.
Before accessing any database to start your research take a couple minutes to do two things.
2. Think about the question you are trying to answer. What do you need to know? You also need to think about various terms and phrases relevant to the subject. There are often many ways to express the same or similar ideas, for example:
Try to be as specific as possible. Legal dictionaries and legal encyclopedias are the best place to start. Both sources are located within the Secondary Sources tab.
Dictionary - A legal dictionary is a good place to start as the law is filled with complex terminology and unique definitions for common terms. Westlaw Campus Research has Black's Law Dictionary. You may also access the dictionary by selecting Secondary Sources on the home page. Black's Law Dictionary is listed on the right side under Related Content.
Law Review/Journal Articles - Law review articles are particularly good for new topics and in-depth examination of narrow topics. Be sure to look at the cases and statutes cited in law review articles as these are great sources to continue your search.
Have you identified a relevant statute? If so access an annotated code.
Annotated Code - An annotated code is a set of statutes supplemented with references to research resources. This includes notes of decisions, law review articles, form books, and administrative regulations.
Treatise - A treatise is a scholarly treatment of an area of law, it may be one or multiple volumes depending upon the broadness or narrowness of the topic. Treatises are very popular with attorneys and they will buy treatises relevant to their practice.
It is important to keep track of your legal research so that you avoid doing the same research over and over again. One common way legal researchers track their work is by using a research log.
A typical research log includes:
Tip: if you forgot about your research log, check your history in Westlaw Campus Research. Select History in the upper right corner of the page to see your recent searches and recent documents.