Beyond Case Reporters: Using Newspapers to Supplement the Legal-Historical Record
University of Southern Queensland School of Law
June 16, 2010
Drexel Law Review, Vol. 3, p. 539, 2011
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: Newspapers, Blasphemy, Blasphemous Libel, Case Reporters
JEL Classification: K10, K40
Date posted: June 17, 2010 ; Last revised: May 16, 2011
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