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Selected State Research Guides





ISBN 9781138969391
Published July 21, 2016 by Routledge
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Researching ballot measures can be one of the most daunting types of legal research. Exploring Initiative and Referendum Law: Selected State Research Guides offers legal researchers an easy-to-use guide that provides thorough overviews of I&R (initiative and referendum) laws within twenty-three states. This unique resource provides state-specific guidance about both forms of I&R law, those state laws permitting I&R, and those state laws enacted as a result of the I&R process. Any legal researcher beginning a project or needing to know just where to go for the right resources will get helpful general and specific information on practical research strategies and resources.

Up to now, finding the literature to research the state-specific history of a law passed by initiative or referendum has been extremely difficult. This book fills this gap by providing top researchers with brief overviews of the individual state processes while providing important primary and secondary sources, including Web sites. The guide’s chapters are separated alphabetically by state for fast and easy reference. Annotated bibliographies of books, articles, and Web sites are provided, along with instructions about what documents one can expect to find on the Web, and how to use free databases.

Because of this useful volume’s unique focus, the book may well become an essential resource for law librarians, attorneys, law faculty, law students, and Political Science scholars.

This book was published as a special issue of Legal Reference Services Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction to Researching Initiative and Referendum Law: General Strategies and Resources  Beth Williams

2. Alaska Initiatives and Referenda  Tina S. Ching

3. Arizona Initiatives and Referenda  Tina S. Ching

4. Researching Initiatives and Referendums in Arkansas  Joseph A. Custer

5. Researching Initiatives and Referendums: A Guide for Colorado  Goldie Burton

6. Researching Initiatives and Referendums: A Guide for Florida Elizabeth Outler

7. Initiative and Referendum Process in Idaho: A Research Guide  Kristin M. Ford

8. Illinois Initiatives and Referenda Shannon L. Malcolm

9. Researching Initiatives and Referenda: A Guide for Maine  Christine I. Hepler

10. Democracy’s Harvest: Resources for Massachusetts Voters’ Initiatives and Referendums  Spencer E. Clough

11. Initiatives and Referenda in Michigan: A Research Guide  Tammy R. Pettinato

12. Researching Initiatives and Referendums: A Guide for Mississippi  Stacey A. Lane

13. Researching Initiatives and Referenda: A Guide for Missouri  Margaret McDermott

14. Researching Initiatives and Referendums: A Guide for Big Sky Country—Montana Lisa Mecklenberg Jackson

15. Researching the Initiative and Referendum Process in Nebraska  Patrick J. Charles

16. Researching Initiatives and Referenda: A Guide for Nevada  Thomas R. Boone

17. Powers Reserved to the People: A Guide for Researching Initiatives and Referendums in North Dakota  Rhonda R. Schwartz

18. Researching Initiatives and Referenda: A Guide for Ohio  Sara A. Sampson

19. Researching Initiatives and Referenda: A Guide for Oklahoma  Patricia R. Monk

20. Researching Oregon Initiatives and Referendums  Beth Williams and David Dames

21. Researching Initiatives and Referendums: A Guide for South Dakota  Candice Spurlin

22. Utah Initiatives and Referenda: A Research Guide  Connie Strittmatter

23. Researching Washington State Initiatives and Referendums  Beth Williams

24. Initiatives and Referenda in Wyoming  Debora A. Person and Tawnya Plumb

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Biography

Beth Williams is Reference Librarian, Arthur W. Diamond Law Library, Columbia University School of Law. As a member of the Columbia Law Library Reference Department, she teaches legal research to first-year law students every fall and participates in teaching seminars in Advanced Legal Research and International Legal Research each spring semester. She holds appointments as Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and as Lecturer in Information and Archive Management at COlumbia University.