Enhance your research....
Students often overlook primary sources found in Regulatory, Judiciary and Statutory law.
These types of primary sources define the legal stance on a particular topic.
How did the 13th and 14th Amendments override the Dred Scott v. Sanford decision?
When was the Fair Housing Act passed and was it before or after the author, Lorraine Hansberry's childhood?
These are the types of questions that can be answered by using Lexis Nexis to quickly find Federal and State Codes and Cases.
A little bit about law...
Statutory Law- Passed by governmental body such as Congress, State Legislature, city etc.
(Constitutional Law- Federal Law established by the U. S. Constitution which grants and limits power. Powers that are limited are given to the states). Amendments are passed by U. S. Congress then ratified by the states. Each state has a constitution of its own.)
Regulatory Law- Can be also called Executive or Administrative Law.
(These can be Federal or State. These Laws are passed by Governmental Agencies.)
Common Law- Laws establised not in writing but as common practice and standards.
Judicial Law- Case Law or laws passed by courts- Federal and State.
See pages 274-67 Chapter 8 -Legal Responsibilities for Practice in Ellis, J. R. & Hartley, C. L. (2004) Nursing in Today's World: Trends, Issues & Management. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.