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Legal Research Certification Program (Prepare to Practice): Lesson Four- Statutory Annotations

Modules and lessons for excellence in legal research and research strategies.

Preparing to Practice

29 U.S.C. § 623 prohibits employment discrimination based on age. Use the Context & Analysis tab for this statute on Westlaw to find an article from American Jurisprudence outlining exceptions to the prohibition against involuntary retirement.

15 USC § 1125 prohibits falsely designating the origin of certain goods and services. On Lexis, this statute has a red signal indicating negative treatment. Use the "show signals" feature on Lexis to identify the specific subsection that has been deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Using the statutory annotations on Westlaw or Lexis can help you interpret a statute and find related cases. After watching these videos, take the quiz. If you want extra practice on this topic, check out the "preparing to practice" column in the lower left corner. This is a place to practice what you've learned in the videos before moving on to the next lesson.

Statutory Annotations on Westlaw

00:00​ Introduction 

00:10​ Citing References 

00:39​ Notes of Decision 

00:54​ Context & Analysis 

01:44​ Citators

Need a refresher on searching within the citing references? Review this lesson from the module on statutes.

Statutory Annotations on Lexis

00:00​ Shepardizing Statutes

00:32​ Notes to Decisions

00:47​ Research References & Practice Aids

00:58​ Citators


Next Lesson

Congratulations! You've completed Lesson 4. Click here to move on to Lesson 5- Telescoping Out. Want more practice? Try the questions in the "Preparing to Practice" section in the bottom left column.