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Resources for Writing Seminar Papers: Print & Digital

It’s that time of the semester when students need to start buckling down and writing their RWE seminar papers! The Law Library has many wonderful resources to help with that process.
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Posted by Nicole M. Downing on Mon. March 1, 2021 9:28 AM
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Locating North Carolina Municipal Ordinances

North Carolina towns and cities have been appearing in the news a lot lately. After the expiration of House Bill 142 in December, municipalities have begun passing their own non-discrimination measures. This blog post will clarify the difference between ordinances and statutes, help you locate ordinances, and describe how to stay current with local ordinance news.
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Posted by Kerri-Ann Yanique Rowe on Mon. February 15, 2021 2:00 PM
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Researching Presidential Materials: Key Resources to Know

As the Biden administration begins, and the news fills with a flurry of presidential activities, now is a great time to brush-up on where to find documents from the White House.  


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Posted by Andrew J. Wisniewsky on Wed. February 10, 2021 2:00 PM
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State and Regional Encyclopedias: Unexpected Legal Research Tools

Skilled legal researchers are accustomed to using state legal encyclopedias to support the research of our students, faculty, and communities. But what about general encyclopedias devoted to individual U.S. states or regions?
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Posted by Ellie Campbell on Wed. January 27, 2021 8:30 AM
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A Different Way to Study: Audio Study Aids

Study aids are an invaluable tool for understanding what is going on during class. They offer an easy to digest explanation of the law. If reading yet another thing seems daunting however, let us offer you another option - audio books.
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Posted by Nor Ortiz on Fri. January 22, 2021 2:00 PM
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Using Legislative History to Learn About Past Presidential Inaugurations

Inauguration Day ceremonies are typically marked by a variety of traditions, including the administration of the presidential oath of office and a speech given by the newly inaugurated President. While presidential speeches from these ceremonies are widely available, few records contain descriptions of the day itself. Who else made speeches, and what did they have to say? What was the weather like? How many people attended, and where did everyone sit? These are the details that can make past Inauguration Day celebrations come to life. Read on to learn how to use the Congressional Record to fill in some of these details!
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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Tue. January 19, 2021 2:30 PM
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Is Thanksgiving Day a Recognized Holiday in All Fifty States? Using Fifty-State Surveys to Find the Answer!

Is Thanksgiving Day a statutorily-recognized holiday in the states? While you are likely familiar with the list of federal holidays, you might not know that most states also have their own statutes recognizing state legal holidays. One way to quickly locate these holiday statutes is by utilizing a fifty-state survey. This blog post will walk you through using a variety of databases to locate fifty-state surveys. 
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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Tue. November 17, 2020 10:00 AM
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New Legal Research Guide: Critical Race Theory and Racial Justice

The UNC Law Library is pleased to announce the creation and publication of a new Critical Race Theory and Racial Justice legal research guide to support student and faculty research on this topic, as well as our Critical Race Lawyering Civil Rights Clinic.
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Posted by Ellie Campbell on Mon. November 2, 2020 2:00 PM
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COVID-19 and Racial Justice Resources in Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, and HeinOnline

Many of the major legal information providers have recently created pages in their databases that collect materials relating to the pandemic and ongoing racial justice protests and issues in the U.S. This post will consider Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, and HeinOnline; all four have content addressing these issues, but the presentation and materials may differ.
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Posted by Ellie Campbell on Fri. October 30, 2020 1:00 PM
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Behind the Buzzword: Reading Guide on Originalism

As you may have heard a thing-or-two about, we’re in the middle of a Supreme Court nomination. In the debate surrounding Amy Coney Barrett, there has been a ton of discussion on how much of an originalist she is. So -- what exactly is an originalist?


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Posted by Andrew J. Wisniewsky on Thu. October 22, 2020 1:00 PM
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