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GB 6360 - Legal Issues in Human Resource Management

Library resources for your MBA course.

Using the Legal Information section of Lexis-Nexis

The huge Lexis-Nexis database contains U.S. and state case law, along with other useful materials.  Below are three ways to get started, searching by topic, searching the case law, or looking at law review articles.  Note that you can sort your results by date or relevence.

What gets searched
You can search case law sources by jurisdiction, state and time periods. The following are just a few of the available sources:
Supreme Court Cases (back to 1790)        Courts of Appeal
District Courts                                             Individual State Courts

 1. Searching by Topic

  • Go to Lexis-Nexis

  • In the box, "Look Up a Legal Case," enter your search in the "Search by Topic" box.

  • You will retrieve all the case law concerning that idea.  You will be able to link to other related case law within those citations.

2. Searching by Case Law Citation 

  • Go to Lexis-Nexis

  • In the  box,  "Look Up a Legal Case," enter citation such as 41 U.S. 367.

  • Click the "Go" button to retrieve results

  • The citation will take you to the case

  • You will see "headnotes" -key legal points of a case drawn from the language of the court by LexisNexis®attorney-editors.

3. Searching by Law Review articles
When you have a case,  there may be law review articles that discuss the issues of the case in more understandable language than the actual case law.  Here's how to find these.

  • Go to Lexis-Nexis

  • Above the red-outlined search box click on the "Search by Content Type" box

  • Under the "Legal" list select Law Reviews

  • Search by case name: eg. Martin v. Waddell or by a topic (eg. hostile workplace)

Law is language specific!  And includes lots of Latin!
For precise legal terminology use Nolo's plain-English law dictionary   REF 349.7303 N724  (2009)