This page contains resources to help you:
(1) Identify a current event and legal issues related to it;
(2) Discover background information on the topic;
(3) Locate scholarly, peer-reviewed sources for your analysis; and
(4) Locate primary law (cases, statutes, regulations).
Consult these secondary resources to identify a current event in higher education with legal implications.
Use these library databases to search for peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles...
Tip: Try a combined search of the three databases below (ERIC, Education Source, and Legal Source) to simultaneously search for articles
The best single resource for finding court opinions, statutes, and regulations is Nexis Uni. It offers the most comprehensive coverage, advanced search features, and also provides information on the status of the law (e.g., whether a court opinion has been overturned) through the Shepard's service. For more information on finding legal information on Nexis Uni, check out this great guide from Northcentral University Library.
In addition to Nexis Uni, there are a number of other sources for finding primary law. A few of the most useful resources for finding U.S. federal law are listed below:
The Office of Law Revision Counsel, which publishes the United States Code, has an excellent website with a current version of the Code that can be searched or browsed by topic.
Google Scholar is a good resource for searching both federal and state court opinions. To search court cases, select the "case law" radio button below the search box.
When a federal agency (e.g., Department of Education) proposes or promulgates a new administration regulation, it is first published in the Federal Register. New regulations are then published in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is a subject compilation of current federal administrative regulations. The good source for the Federal Register is federalregister.gov and the good source for the Code of Federal Regulations is the e-CFR.