Table of Contents
B. Share Documents through Web-based Programs (Beyond Email!)
C. Conducting a Preemption Check by Searching for Scholarly Articles
III. Employment Issues
IV. Military Service
VI. Hate Crimes & Constitutional Privacy Protections: Includes hate crimes and substantive due process/equal protection issues, such as those addressed in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003).
VII. Feminism Philosophy
VIII. Sexual Identity in the Foreign Law and International Law Context
A. Finding Native Language Foreign Law
Introduction to Sexual Identity and the Law
This ResearchGuide focuses on the issues pertaining to sexual identity and the law, which includes topics such as employment issues, military service, domestic relations, criminal laws as they relate to sexual identity, and the theory of sexual identity. As with the study of law surrounding the legal complexities that surround the gay community, researching this area of law is difficult to process without a bit of history. Below is an excerpt from Sexual Identity Law in Context written by Professor Shannon Gilreath and Professor Lydia E. Lavelle:
"The unknowing student is usually astounded to realize that the modern gay rights movement did not begin until 1969 (it was not until 1973 that the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the ofical list of mental disorders). Prior to 1969, gay rights groups did exist, but somewhat under the radar. The Mattachine Society, formed in 1950, was the frist national gay rights organization. It was formed by Harry Hay, often noted as the founder of the gay rights movement. the first lesbian organization was formed in 1955 and was known as the Daughters of Bilitis. After 1969, however, activist groups formed with a vengeance. 1969 is known as the year of Stonewall."
Not surprisingly, the discussion of gay rights in America is still a hot topic. To see how the gay rights movement developed over the years, look to the timelines provided below:
- A Visual History of the Gay-Rights Movement From Stonewall to Obama by TIMEPhotos.
- An Interactive Gay Rights Timeline by TIMEWorld.
- Timeline: Milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement by PBS.
Researching Your Seminar Paper
The process of researching and writing a note, certification or seminar paper includes some or all of the following steps:
- Selecting a topic
- Conducting a preemption check
- Finding legal and non-legal journal articles on the topic
- Finding books on the topic
- Finding news articles on the topic
- Consulting specialized sources on the topic
- Finding primary law on the topic
- Locating frequently used foreign resources
- Using international materials
This guide focuses on U.S. legal research, as well as a selection of international resources. Many of the same resources and techniques will be useful for researching international or foreign topics.
For personalized assistance researching your chosen topic, make an appointment with a reference librarian.
Most legal journals use The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation as the desired style of citation. However, professors may be submitting work to interdisciplinary journals, collaborating with professors in other areas, or writing for non-legal journals. The principles of citation are to accurately identify the source of information and to allow readers to find the source for themselves. The PCL collects citation and style manuals for other disciplines as well as law.
Citation or reference managers allow researchers to keep information about books and articles in a centralized location. There are a variety of software options, including expensive ones like EndNote or more moderately priced ones like RefWorks. However, there are two free options to consider: Zotero and Mendeley.
There are several ways to share documents among collaborators, depending on needs such as version control and privacy.