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EDUC 6560: Legal Problems in Higher Education

A course guide for GSEHD students on how to conduct legal research on topics related to higher education

1. Identify a Current Event in Higher Education With Legal Implications

Consult these secondary resources to identify a current event in higher education with legal implications.

2. Discover Background Information on a Topic

Also, see box about Library Books as Secondary Sources to find more academic sources

3. Secondary Sources: Scholarly Journal Articles About Law & Education

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

Click "choose databases" to select and search in multiple databases at the same time

4. Finding Cases, Statutes, and Regulation

Nexis Uni -- U.S. Federal and State Court Opinions, Statutes, and Regulations

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.

Other Online Resources for Finding U.S. Primarily Law

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:

United States Code (U.S.C.)

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.

Court Opinions on Google Scholar

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. 

U.S. Regulations

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 and the good source for the Code of Federal Regulations is the e-CFR.

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