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14.2 Basic Principles of Effective Legal Research.
Legal research is a search for authorities and standards to apply in resolving legal issues. Successful legal research is a process in which you build upon what you already know. If you approach research in this way, you are bound to be successful. For example, you may have nothing more than a reference to a section of the law. From that information, you can obtain the U.S. Code section number.
U.S. Code Annotated
will often refer to judicial cases dealing with the particular section of law. (This resource should be available in your office; if not, please check with your local district counsel.) The cases often cite various relevant regulations, law review articles, and other interpretive materials. Thus from a very small amount of information, you will be able to find a wealth of materials.
The following sources will provide you with the information you need when conducting your research.