Online Research

Legal research can be very easy and quick if you know how to use a database such as Westlaw. Sometimes it can be extremely time-consuming and frustrating to find what you are looking for if you are not familiar with how it works. The best way to learn how to use Westlaw is by diving in and doing research.

For this Assignment, you will explore Westlaw for at least 1 hour. Please log onto Westlaw through the Library link located on the course resources page. Based on the facts below, please find federal statutes, case law, secondary authority, and other material that can be used to answer the issue presented. You need to locate and review at least four primary and secondary sources. You will create a research trail that must be saved and uploaded to the Dropbox. The research trail will show a list of every site and document that you retrieved and accessed. Make sure that you spend at least 1 hour researching on Westlaw. The research trail will show the time online, and list the documents accessed. Before you begin your research, you must first click on the link at the top of the page that allows you to save the trail on Westlaw. Make sure that as you do the research, you click on the individual results so that the research trail will show that you read some of the information retrieved.

Facts to be used for the Westlaw research:

Sarah Whitman has come to the office for a legal consultation. She worked for AeroSpecs, a federal government defense contractor. She claims that one of her coworkers offered her a drink one night, and the next morning when she woke up, she realized that she had been drugged and raped. Her employment contract has a mandatory arbitration clause. Can she sue her employer for damages resulting from the alleged rape? Would she have to forego a civil lawsuit and instead proceed with arbitration?

Please find cases, statutes, secondary authority, or any other material that could help you determine if Ms. Whitman can sue AeroSpecs. Make sure you first save your trail and spend at least 1 hour doing research on Westlaw. Please do not answer the questions presented; only conduct research that would help you find the answer.

In addition to the research trail, you must submit a short, 1–2-page paper discussing which sources you would use to answer the question presented and why. The title page must be in APA format, and the sources cited in the paper will be in Bluebook format.


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