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This research guide focuses on American copyright law. The sources listed are available at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library. Call numbers for paper editions are given. Some of the electronic resources are free but some are subscription databases. Use of subscription databases is limited to UMLaw faculty, staff and students. In-library access to subscription databases is available to all users.
As with any project, unless you are already knowledgeable about the topic, it is best to start with introductory resources and then consult more focused works - moving from secondary to primary resources.
Articles and books can also provide you with an overview of your topic and help you to think of search terms that you might otherwise have overlooked. Nutshells are also an excellent source of information. The nutshell for copyright is Copyright Law in a Nutshell. The U.S. Copyright Office also publishes basic information in Copyright Basics. If your copyright problem is more complicated, try a multi-volume treatise such as Nimmer on Copyright. These sources will also cite primary authorities such as statutes and case law. You can then use these newly found primary sources as a jumping-off point to find other resources for your search. Use indexes and the catalog to find items that will help you in your research.
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