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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

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