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HSC2100 Leatherwood Main: Find Articles About Legal Implications

A research guide for professor Leatherwood's class.

Suggested Databases

Try these online databases to find full-text newspaper articles. Remember to choose FULL TEXT, if available.

Tips and Tricks

Research can be a lot like detective work. Finding background information on a potential story can be done a lot of different ways. Your tactics will probably be determined by the subject matter.

For example, if you're looking for background info on the latest state education legislation you could go to the source and start by visiting the Florida House of Representatives' and Florida Senate's websites to identify the sponsoring legislators and/or committee of origin. However, the history of education legislation might not be found entirely on the web. You may need to search for books or in the Libraries' databases to get the big picture. 

Following the trails of other journalists can often lead to new sources of information and help you break a new story. The path you take from start to finish will vary wildly from day to day, but we've listed a few standard strategies and tools on this page. 

Searching Newspapers

Most newspapers have an online presence where one can access some of the paper's content, but there are a few problems with relying on them for your research needs:

  • Some parts of the paper are restricted and inaccessible as many newspapers require a subscription fee to access all of their content.
  • Most newspapers do not have back issues archived on their websites so you may not find a story that ran many years ago. 

To access complete newspapers on the web you'll need to use the Libraries' databases. Instructions on accessing them is below.

You might try keywords like these for articles about civil court cases:

  • coach sued
  • coaches sued
  • trainer sued
  • trainers sued

Other keywords that might help you find criminal cases could include:

  • coach assault
  • coaches assault

Brainstorm different keywords to try based on the type of legal implications you're interested in.