Start with the index volumes using terms identified
in background research.
Look up references to sections that appear to be relevant.
Before reading any section’s text, check to see
if there is added or amended text in either a pocket
part or a separate pamphlet supplement next to the volume.
There may also be a supplementary pamphlet at the end
of the entire set.
Read the text of the statute carefully. Look at adjacent
sections to see if they may be relevant as well. There
may also be separate “definitions” sections
that define terms.
Following the statute language, there may be references
(annotations) to cases that have interpreted the section.
Often, case annotations and references to secondary
sources appear in pocket parts and supplements even
if the text of the code section has not changed.