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example Versus Law only includes state appellate court cases from Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas from 1950 and the California Court of Appeals from 1944. For that reason, being able to find the case the old fashioned way by checking through the books is a valuable skill. When using an electronic case service such as Versus Law, the dates of available cases should be checked to be certain that they cover the time period needed for the search. 3.) The paralegal should create a list of words for online searches and a separate list for traditional print sources. The list should be updated as the paralegal performs research, adding or deleting words and phrases and annotating the list with citations for future research. 4.) It is important to have knowledge of the underlying law, if any, because, there could be an underlying law in place and if a paralegal is unaware of it the research he or she is doing may become inaccurate. 5.) A researcher can be sure by checking with resources and being up to date with new laws, statutes, and regulations being put in place. Doing more research to make sure the current case is still the law will also help. 6.) Secondary sources should not be relied upon in citing binding authority because, secondary sources are not the law themselves but, instead, are writings about the law, such as legal encyclopedias and digests the textbook I read out of is considered a secondary source. Hart v. Massanari 1.) Unpublished dispositions of courts are not valid as precedent in future cases because the authority is more persuasive than binding.

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