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Steps In Using a Print Shepard's

Prepared by Frank Houdek, SIU Law Library — Fall 2005

STEP NOTES

Step 1 : Identify appropriate set for cited case.

 

Step 2 : Gather all volumes of set together.

(Use What Your Library Should Contain on latest supplement's cover if necessary to identify all appropriate volumes)

 

Step 3 : Find correct table of citations in book.

(don't confuse different series of the same reporter; e.g., N.E. and N.E.2d); may need to use table of contents in the volume

 

Step 4 : Locate volume number of case shown in upper corners of pages and within boxes in the columns below.

 

Step 5 : Locate citing references for the cited case by finding the first page number of the case (bolded numbers between long dashes) and/or the name of the case (this is available only in more recent editions of Shepard's and only the 1st time the case appears).

 

Step 6 : Examine citing references for parallel citations (listed in parentheses, but only the 1st time case is listed by Shepard's ).

 

Step 7 : Examine citing references for History information (editorial analysis is shown by letter form abbreviations which are explained in table in front of volume).

 

Step 8 : Examine citing references entries for Treatment information (editorial analysis is shown by letter form abbreviations which are explained in table in front of volume).

 

Step 9 : Repeat steps 3 through 8 for all books listed in What Your Library Should Contain that are appropriate (given the date of the citing case).

 

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