Laws are often established by the decisions of courts (read this chapter about the US Legal System to learn more about how courts work). A case may go through several courts, so it's important to make sure you are looking at the right version of a case. Talk to your instructor or a reference librarian if you need help determining which court has jurisdiction (or authority over) a certain case. Below is graphic that breaks down the components of a citation to a court case. For more examples, see Basic Legal Citation.
Courts aren't the only organizations responsible for creating laws and rules. The Constitution and Amendments to the Constitution are the foundation of the United States government. Congress is responsible for creating federal legislation. The executive branch (headed by the President) oversees numerous government agencies that implement and enforce federal law. Cities, counties, and states also create rules and regulations. You may have to do a little digging to figure out who is in charge of a particular issue you are investigating. Your course instructor or a librarian can help with this. Below are links to some common bodies responsible for laws in LBCC's district.
Please note that the library is physically closed for the spring 2020 term due to the Stay Home Save Lives order, and the print books below aren't available for checkout. All digital library resources, including e-books, are available. If you're looking for a specific court case or other resource, librarians may be able to help you find the resource digitally. Contact Michaela or the reference desk (by phone, email, chat, or Zoom) for help.
When analyzing a case to prepare for an exam, remember the formula Mr. Tierney gave you:
Authoritative legal databases like Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw are available on a walk-in basis from the following law libraries. Law librarians are usually happy to help you with your research questions! Note! Most libraries are not physically open due to the governor's Stay Home Save Lives order. Call or email these libraries for support.