Beyond case reporters: using newspapers to supplement the legal-historical record (A case study of blasphemous libel)

Patrick, Jeremy (2011) Beyond case reporters: using newspapers to supplement the legal-historical record (A case study of blasphemous libel). Drexel Law Review, 3 (2). pp. 539-560.

Abstract

Judicial opinions selected for inclusion in case law reporters are only a small fraction of the universe of legal materials that may provide insight into the history of how legal concepts work in practice. This article examines a neglected source of information: newspaper archives, many of which are becoming available in full-text electronic databases. This article argues that newspapers are a valuable supplement and corrective to legal research performed through traditional means. It includes a test case of how research on a discrete legal topic (Canada's prohibition on blasphemous libel) turns up very different results in newspaper archives compared to case reporters.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: The Drexel Law Review is too new to be included in the 2010 ARC journal list. American law journals are not formally peer reviewed, but their editorial processes are considered the equivalent of peer review by the ARC.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2013 00:05
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2017 01:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: newspapers; newspaper archives; non-traditional legal research
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210312 North American History
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23413

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