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Legal Research For Non-Law Courses: Searching Across Jurisdictions

American Law Reports

American Law Reports (ALR) is a secondary source. It is a hybrid of the legal encyclopedia and legal reporters, and it focuses on specific topics. ALR is helpful for researching topics across jurisdictions, it also highlights trends & discrepancies between jurisdictions. The ALR is not organized like an encyclopedia but rather in order of publication, therefore it is imporant to use the ALR indexes.

For ALR the researcher will have to visit the GSU Law Library.

Searching For Cases


To Shepardize is to verify the validity of a case or statute or agency option.

Only case law is covered in Lexis-Nexis Academic.  For a tutorial on Shepard's Citations in Lexis-Nexis Academic - Click Here