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Welcome to the California Criminal Law Review

The California Criminal Law Review is a student-run law journal at Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley.


Finding Documents and Linking CCLR Pages to References

Our need is to link to free resources on the web.  We do not use West Law or Lexis, because most people do not have access to these sources.  Our most useful sources are Find Law and other search engines (Google, Excite, Yahoo, etc.).  This document outlines how to find references in both Find Law and a search engine.  Our goal is to link all footnotes to active web documentation.  This makes our law journal unique, because our readers can have access to all references immediately. 

Finding proper links for the footnotes is of the utmost importance.  Thankfully, searches for this documentation are highly available and quick to find.  Finding proper links should take you no more than 10 minutes.  Our goal again is to find links for all footnotes, however we do understand there will be a exceptions.

The following sections will lead you through the basics of finding a reference.  If you have any questions please contact us to ensure proper referencing and quick turn-around.

Cases and Statutes – Find Law

Find Law will allow you to find many federal and state resources that are on West Law and Lexis.  Some circuit and state court websites are more helpful than others – but give everything a try and more frequently than not, you will be able to find a good link.

  1. Go to the Find Law website: http://www.findlaw.com
  2. Click on the Laws: Cases & Codes
  3. Once in the Laws: Cases& Codes site, choose the area you are searching – Federal Laws or State Laws – and then the section fits your criteria:
    1. Codes, Statutes and Regulations
    2. Case Law
  4. From here you can narrow your search even more by selecting the link that best suites your citing needs.  See where your search takes you – and hopefully you will end up with a website displaying the source cited in the footnote.
  5. If you find a URL address to fit the footnote source, copy and paste it into a word document.  Be sure to make note of the source it links to – many times a footnote will contain more than one source.

Articles - Internet Resources

The Google search engine (http://www.google.com or http://www.yahoo.com ) will lead you to the article in the footnote oftentimes.  Try a usual keyword search for the article title.  If you strike out, search by the author’s name, the publication title (NY Times, etc.), or the subject.

  1. Go to Google or Yahoo
  2. Like any other search, type in the article name from the footnote and hit the search button.  A search by author or publication may also be useful.
  3. Check out the search results to see if anything matches the source you are looking for… if so, paste the URL address into a word document along with the source it will be linked to.
  4. If Google or Yahoo leaves you empty-handed, attempt another engine, but do not go crazy here.  There is a point at which it will become clear that the source is not in cyberworld… in that case, you are done.  Move on!

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