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New York Civil Practice Research   Tags: legislative history, new york  

A guide to researching questions in New York Civil practice.
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2013 URL: http://libguides.law.hofstra.edu/nycivilpractice Print Guide RSS Updates

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How to Use this Guide

This guide is designed for you to use the tabs sequentially.  The Issue/Issue Spotting tab has a hypothetical that is used throughout the guide.  There are images of examples*  of the print resources.  You can find the similar features in online resources (Lexis and Westlaw) as well.

*(Although out of date, they accurately illustrate the research skill.  Always make sure the resources you use are not outdated.)

 

Executive Summary / Learning Objectives

  1. Check Secondary sources - especially Commentaries
  2. READ STATUTE using an annotated code (print or online)
  3. UPDATE your research
  4. Ask questions - investigate Research Guides
 

Print v. Online

Do I ever have to use the books?

  • Print v. Online
    This is a false dichotomy. Depending upon the issue one or the other may be preferable. Typically a combination of both types of resources will prove most useful.

    Online research tends to be more productive when:
    • your research concept involves a "term of art" - e.g., "self incrimination"
    • you need up-to-date information
    • you need to Shepardize/ Keycite

    Online research is less useful when:
    • you are unfamiliar with the terminology of the issue -e.g., in New York, procedural rules to sue an administrative agency are referred to as "special proceedings".
    • there are many different ways to express the concept you are researching - words v. ideas - e.g., what is the definition of a contract partner in a law firm

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