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NURS 6050 Week 5 Assignment: Week 5 Assignment

Guide goals & objectives

In Week 5 you begin your Developing an Advocacy Campaign Assignment, Part 2 due in Week 7.

Part of this assignment asks you to explain how existing laws or regulations could affect your advocacy efforts. You will need to cite and reference any applicable laws and regulations using primary sources.

The goal of this guide is to help you search for existing laws or regulations. Keep in mind that perhaps no laws or regulations affect your chosen advocacy campaign. You will still want to search for laws to be sure of this.

You will learn:

  • how to identify keywords and databases
  • how to search for laws and regulations in the Nexis Uni database
  • how to search for laws and regulations in FDsys, an online government database

Identify keywords

Refer to Weeks 1 and 2 if you need a refresher on identifying search terms. 

Week 1: Choose a topic and search terms

Week 2: Identify your search terms

The keywords you use will depend on your chosen advocacy campaign.

For more detailed information about defining your topic please see our keyword guide.

Finding policies in Nexis Uni

1. On the Nexis Uni homepage, enter your search terms (e.g. "mental health") in the main search box:

2. Click on the drop-down menu to the right of the search box that says All Nexis Uni:

3. In the menu that displays below, select Cases, Statutes and Legislation, and Administrative Codes and Regulations. This will return results for all three types of policy (case law, statutes, and regulations):

4. Click the magnifying glass icon to search.

5. On the results page, narrow your results by limiting the date range and selecting your state using the tools on the left-hand side of the screen:

Finding policies in FDsys

1. On the FDsys homepage, click on Advanced Search to the right of the main search box:

2. Specify a date range using the date drop-down menu:

3. In the Available Collections box, select the following collections: Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Unites States Code, and United States Court Opinions. This will return results for all three kinds of federal policies (case law, statutory, and regulatory). Click the Add button to move them to the Selected Collections box:

4. Now enter your search terms into the search box:

5. Click Search

On the results page, you can tell the source of each result by looking directly underneath the title:

You can also narrow your search further by clicking the Within Results box and typing new search terms: