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Advanced Employment Law Seminar: Home

This research guide identifies resources of use to students enrolled in the Advanced Employment Law seminar.


The tabs above link to lists of research tools relevant to the particular paper topic. Visit for a complete list of the library's online databases.

General Advice

Social Science Research:

  • Use the library catalogAcademic Search Complete, Proquest Central, and Google Scholar to search for relevant articles.
  • Pay attention to the terminology used in those articles and modify your search terms accordingly. Use the subject headings (if available) to find other relevant articles.
  • Expand your research by paying attention to the references and footnotes - the sources cited by relevant articles.
  • If you find a relevant article, google its author.  Usually, s/he will have authored related papers.
  • If you find a relevant article, search for it on Google Scholar and click on the "Cited by..." link to find other relevant articles that have cited your article (the social science version of shepardizing). 

Public Policy Research:

  • Add to your Google searches to limit your results to NGO and think tank websites.  These are excellent sources for information about pending and enacted legislation concerning a particular issue. 
  • The Congressional Research Service (CRS), an arm of the Library of Congress, provides nonpartisan and in-depth research and policy reports to Congress.  
  • Use Harvard Library's Think Tank Search to search the websites of 1200 think tanks and research centers. 

Case Law Research:

  • If you're not starting from a known case, use a secondary source such as a law review article to identify a relevant case.  If your search in secondary sources returns too many results, try searching for terms in the title field.
  • Using that case, expand your research by reviewing 1) the cases it cites; 2) the cases, briefs, and secondary sources that cite it; 3) the terminology it uses to modify your full text searches of case law databases.
  • Use advanced search options, including connectors and expanders, when searching for cases.

Legislative Research:

Finding Agency Materials

  • On Westlaw and Lexis, go to Practice Area > Employment > Administrative Materials & Guidance
  • Check both Westlaw and Lexis for agency materials, as content can vary
  • Explore the agency's website for guidance documents, case decisions, etc.
  • Use Google to search the agency's website by adding site:[agency URL] to your Google search.  For example:  ["family responsibilities" site:]

Current Awareness Research:


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