Real World Research is a program of 45 minute classes on specialized topics of research presented by the Law Library throughout the academic year. The program focuses on areas of research inquiry that often come up in the "real world" outside of the classroom that might not be covered in your regular coursework.

Fall 2008 Schedule

September 24California legislative history research

Boalt Reference Librarian Ramona Martinez will explain how to gather primary and secondary resources to try to divine legislators' intent in drafting California laws. Learn what constitutes a "legislative history" and how to find these elusive documents.

Resources: research guide, California Legislative History Publications Online (Legal Research Incorporated), Legislative History Notes (Legal Research Incorporated)

Location: Rm. 145
Time: 12:45am - 1:30pm

October 15Election resources on campus and online

Confused by all the punditry and talk show blather? Do your own independent research into the issues this election season. Frank Lester, Electronic Resources Librarian at the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) library here on campus, will explain what resources are available at IGS and beyond regarding both national and local issues.

Resources: Voter Information Guide, Cal Access: Yes on 7 Late Contributions, Money talks loudly in Prop 7 contest [SFGate], Rough & Tumble, FivetHirtyEight.com, Political Wire, Campaign Finances of Major 2008 Presidential Candidates [NY Times, Interactive Map], Field Poll, PPIC, Hot Topics [IGS Library], 2008 Election Blog [IGS Library], Links Gallery [IGS Library]

Location: Rm. 145
Time: 12:45am - 1:30pm

November 12Federal & California Courts & Case Reports: The Basics

Courts, courts, and more courts. California courts, US courts, trial, appellate, supreme. What's the difference, where are they, and where can I find their decisions? Come hear Boalt Reference Librarians Dean Rowan and Marlene Harmon explain the structure of the Federal and California state courts and how to find published decisions issued by them.

Location: Rm. 145
Time: 12:45am - 1:30pm