COMM 455: Communication Law
Finding a topic or case:
(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
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
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
Click the tab for
US Legal. Click on
Federal & State Cases in the column on the left-hand side.
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in the search box and selecting Party Names from the drop-down box.
The order of the parties does not matter.
If you know any one of the citations, you may type that in on the line for
citation number and should automatically retrieve the correct case.
This is a more precise search if you have
the information to do it.
Party Names: Anderson v. Augusta Chronicle
31 Media L. Rep. 1393
355 S.C. 461; 585 S.E.2d 506; 2003 S.C. App. LEXIS 14
(Most cases have more than one citation)
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Shepardizing is the process of tracing a Supreme Court
Decision to determine its history through the lower courts and its citations in
- Use the option
- 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
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