COMM 455: Communication Law
Finding a topic or case:
Media Law Reporter (REF KF 2750 A513): Yearly volume containing court decisions on media and communications-related topics (First Amendment, Internet privacy, video piracy, etc.)
- Look up broad topic area in index at front
- Locate the section or sub-section listings to get an overview of the topic and the relevant cases
- Use the page references to find information on the cases themselves
- Note the names of cases (New York Times vs. Tasini) or the page references (29 Med. L. Rep. 1865) to find the cases in LexisNexis
Finding Specific Cases
Click on the button for Databases at the top of the Pickler Memorial Library homepage and then select LexisNexis or go directly to the service at http://www.lexisnexis.com/us/lnacademic
Click the link to Search By Content Type on the right-hand side. Click on Federal & State Cases under the heading for Legal.
Find the full text of a case by entering the parties in the case in the search
box, separated by a v.
The order of the parties does not matter.
If you know any one of the citations, you may type that in in the search box,
enclosed with the notation cite()
This should automatically retrieve the correct case and is a more precise search if you have the information to do it.
Matovcik v. Times Beacon Record Newspapers
Citations: cite(40 Media L. Rep. 1678)
cite(2012 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 6106)
cite(2012 NY Slip Op 33176(U))
(Most cases have more than one citation)
You may retrieve state or federal cases at any level in this search.
Shepardizing is the process of tracing a Supreme Court
Decision to determine its history through the lower courts and its citations in
subsequent cases .
- Use the option for Shepard’s Citations under Search By Content Type
- Type in a citation according to one of the provided Supreme Court formats
- View the subsequent history of the case and the citations of it in later cases
Finding Legal Cases on a Topic
You may want to search for cases in an area of law rather than for a specific case.
Click on the link for Advanced Options to make selections for a range of dates to search or to choose a specific federal court jurisdiction (U.S. Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Courts) or a state or group of states.
Click on the Apply button at the bottom of the screen
Type in terms you wish to look for in the text of legal cases. To make a search more precise, go back to the Advanced Options and use the Select a Segment dropdown box to choose certain portions of a record to search
Law Review Articles
Go back to the link to Search By Content Type to select Law Reviews from the Legal section. Under Advanced Options choose a specific area of law or a range of dates to search. Click on Apply and then enter search terms into the search box. Browse through the full text law journal articles that appear as search results.
- ProQuest Congressional: Hearings, testimony, reports, bills and other material from both houses of Congress
- U.S. Code: Online (LexisNexis)
- Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)