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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions regarding legal research and resources.

Federal Research Questions

How do you find current federal statutory law? Answer

How do you find those elusive United States Senate and House documents, reports, hearings and committee prints that were created during the legislative process culminating in a bill enacted as a Public Law (P.L.), published as a session law in the United States Statutes at Large (Stat) and then codified by subject into the United States Code (USC, USCA, USCS)? Answer

How do you update Federal Regulations? Answer

Where do you find local public access to Federal Documents? Answer


General Research Questions

Where do you begin your legal research? Answer

Where do you begin when you have little or no knowledge about the law and need a concise legal overview of a particular subject area? Answer

Citations - What are they and how do you decipher them? Answer

How do you find court opinions, which are published in chronological order regardless of subject, that are relevant to your legal issue? Answer

How do you search for information in legal periodicals? Answer

How do you update a Court opinion? Answer

Where can you find a list of legal information sources? Answer

Where can you find an analysis of state and federal court opinions relevant to your specific point of law or fact situation? Answer

Where can you find professional legal ethics rules and interpretations? Answer

Where do you find facts relevant to your case which are contained in public records? Answer

On appeal, what is the scope of review of the trial court determination? Answer


Oregon  Research Questions

How do you conduct Oregon Legislative Research? Answer

How do you search the Oregon Revised Statutes? Answer

What are the options for searching the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR)? Answer

Which court rules apply to a particular Oregon Court and where do you find them in our library? Answer

Where do you find legal forms tailored for use in Oregon? Answer

Where do you find Oregon Legal Ethics Sources? Answer


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