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Research Tips for Faculty Research Assistants

This guide supplements training for research assistants for law faculty.


Legislative history can provide important details that professors like to include in their papers. If your professor has asked you to find legislative history on a statute, you'll want to follow different steps, depending on if it is a federal statute or a state statute. If you have any questions as you do so, contact a law librarian.

Federal Legislative History

Use this research guide on federal legislative history to find the documents you need.

State Legislative History

Legislative history for state statutes varies by state. To locate the best places to find legislative history documents for a specific state, contact a law librarian at a law school in that specific state.

The BYU Law Library has not made a research guide on Utah legislative history because the state of Utah has created this research guide that is comprehensive and helpful.

Video Tutorial

Video tutorials are forthcoming. 

Until then, if you need help, contact Shawn Nevers.


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