Etheredge Federal Legislative History Assignment

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Stacy Etheredge
Reference & Instruction Librarian
George R. Farmer, Jr. Law Library
WVU College of Law
101 Law School Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506
stacy.etheredge@mail.wvu.edu

This assignment on federal legislative history was given in the Advanced Legal Research course at the West Virginia University College of Law.  It is meant to be a guided exercise to give the student hands-on experience in a variety of formats, including print, free web sources, and Westlaw or Lexis.  Although there are three open-ended questions that allow for distinguishing between students, the guided nature of the assignment usually results in high grades.  Two documents accompany the assignment – some pages from a Supreme Court writ of certiorari and a tip sheet on using FDSys and THOMAS (the next semester will switch to Congress.gov).