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What You Always Wanted to Know about Legal Research (*But Were Afraid to Ask!)

This guide provides quick tips about common legal research tasks. It was originally prepared for a Bridge the Legal Research Gap program.

Federal Legislative Histories

Look for shortcuts! Someone else might have already identified and gathered legislative materials in one place.

Here are some places to start:

See also the Gallagher guide on Federal Legislative History.

Washington Legislative History

Like most states, Washington does not have a tradition of publishing the type of legislative documents that are useful for legislative intent purposes.

Only two compiled legislative histories have been published:

See the Gallagher guide on Washington State Legislative History.