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AALL Spectrum / July/August 2020 / Volume 24, Number 6

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JULY/AUGUST 2020 | AALL SPECTRUM 23 M ulti-state surveys enable us to compare the laws of multiple jurisdictions in the United States. They may cover all 50 states (which is where they get their popular name, 50-state surveys), and they may cover statutes or regulations, or both. These surveys are published as law reviews, books, or resources in specialized databases. Free resources exist to some extent. Among the best are the bill-tracking data- bases from the National Conference of State Legislators. Because there is such a wide variety of resources, it can be time- consuming to find what you need. The Subject Compilation of State Laws by Cheryl Nyberg annotates state surveys, covering hundreds of subjects and publications. It digs into the minutiae of available materials, including sources such as footnotes in court decisions that provide citations. This article provides a set of general tips and recommendations for conducting a multi-state survey and notes major obstacles. Some of these helpful tips are second-nature to librarians, but they are nevertheless worth repeating here. If you are working with research assistants, it is worth taking the time to emphasize these important tips. Ten tips for conducting effective multi-state survey research. BY JANET KEARNEY SURVEY RESEARCH CONDUCTING 50-STATE LESSONS LEARNED THROUGH CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH

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