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Handbook for Research in Media Law

Handbook for Research in Media Law

Carol S. Lomicky, Trudy C. de Goed, Roy L. Moore (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-813-80501-6

Sep 2005, Wiley-Blackwell

215 pages

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Confronted with their first class in media law, many juniors, seniors, and even beginning graduate students may be at a loss. With little or no experience working with legal materials such as the statutes, cases, and regulations, the language and organizing principles of this specialized body of material can be confusing. The Handbook for Research in Media Law is a practical manual designed to help newcomers to media law overcome the obstacles they may encounter in working with legal materials. Students will find this book especially useful as they develop basic research plans to complete term papers or other class projects typically assigned by professors in media law courses.

Designed as a "how to" primer based largely on LexisNexis Academic, this supplemental text simplifies the process by providing step-by-step procedures for conducting legal research. The book helps students locate and analyze the sources of law, both secondary and primary. This includes federal and state examples such as case opinions, statutes, and regulations in terms of significant media law topics. Plus, students learn the process of accessing this information using web-based resources—efficiently and thoroughly.

The Handbook for Research in Media Law is arranged in terms of strategies so that students can conduct legal research in such topics as copyright, libel, invasion of privacy, and more. The techniques covered include locating the law, using correct citation style, analyzing and briefing primary law, and updating or "Shepardizing" the law. By providing easy-to-follow instructions, the text encourages students to work independently. Students will learn to identify both secondary and primary law relating to media law topics,, and to demonstrate an understanding of their organization and significance. Sparing students many of the frustrations they typically encounter when doing legal research for the first time, the Handbook for Research in Media Law shows students how to make the most of select legal resources now available to them electronically.



1. Introduction.

2. Strategies for Reading Legal Citations and Case Law.

3. Research Strategies Using LexisNexis Academic.

4. Research Strategies for Accessing Case Law in LexisNexis Academic.

5. Research Strategies for Accessing Statutory and Administrative Law.

6. Research Strategies for a Media Law Assignment.

7. Finishing Your Research for a Media Law Project.


Tables, Figures, and Cases.

Statutes, Regulations, and Agency Decisions.


[The] Handbook for Research in Media Law is an invaluable reference source and easy-to-follow guide to conducting research on mass communication law. It deserves a place on the bookshelf of every journalism and mass communication professor, student, and practitioner. Read it and enjoy it, as I did. Each time I peruse it, I learn something new.
--Roy L. Moore, Ph.D., J.D. (From the Foreword), Professor of Journalism and author of Mass Communication Law and Ethics, Second Edition