Practice Online Research

Practice Online Research

Course outcome addressed in this Assignment:

Cite primary and secondary legal sources using the legal Bluebook.

GEL-6.5: Use electronic libraries/databases for research purposes.


Watch the tutorials available at the link below before completing the Assignment:

Source: Westlaw Campus Research Tutorials. Retrieved from  

  1. After viewing the tutorials on finding a case in Westlaw, please locate the following legal sources. Give the properBluebook citation for the source and also one paragraph summary of its contents:
    1. Case: 393 U.S. 503 [the case came out in 1969]
    2. Case: 655 S.E.2d 232
    3. Statute: 29 U.S.C. §621
    4. Statute: Minn. Stat. §169.20
  2. Please provide a working link to state legal resources from your state. Most states put all their laws on their state webpage. For example, Indiana’s webpage is
    1.  Your state constitution

    2. Your state statutes

    3. Your state administrative regulations

    4. Your state court opinions

  3. Samantha Smith came into your office. She was shopping at a local grocery store a few months ago and had an accident. While she was in the aisle with shower items she slipped and fell on some shampoo that had leaked out of one of the bottles. Samantha had to be taken to the hospital. She was diagnosed with a broken hip and had to spend the night in the hospital. She will also have to go through many months of physical therapy. Samantha has no healthcare insurance and is a young single mother to a 2 year old son. The store says that they were not aware of the spill of the shampoo. The store said that an employee checks the aisles for anything on the floors at the top of the hour. The day Samantha fell, the employee in charge of the aisle inspection was an older gentleman with glasses. The shampoo on the floor was a clear gel. She fell about 1:30 p.m. The store log says an inspection was last done at 12:45 p.m. The accident happened in a store in Indiana. Please provide the following information:
    1. How would you conduct a search for this problem?
    2. Conduct a search on Westlaw. Provide one source that your search yielded.


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