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Parallel Citations: Same Case in Different Sources

Example: Lukhard v. Reed

481 U. S. 368
First Citation
United States Reports

 95 L. Ed. 2d 328
Second Citation
Lawyer’s Edition, 2d Series

107 S. Ct. 1807 (1987)
Third Citation
Supreme Court Reporter

Case Law: Research Tools

If unfamiliar with an area of law start with secondary sources: legal encyclopedias, books on the legal topic of interest & law review articles

Adminstrative Law: Research

U S Food and Drug Administration

Additional Legal Information

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