The first number is the volume and the last number is the beginning page of the case in that volume. The abbreviation in the middle identifies the name of the publication. Examples:
In Florida, the circuit courts are the trial courts at the local level, and the district courts (e.g., 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach) are the appellate courts between the circuit courts and the Florida Supreme Court.
In the federal court system, the names are reversed; the district courts are the trial courts within each state (e.g., U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division) and the circuit courts (e.g., U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit in Atlanta) are the appellate courts between the district courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Be sure to ask at the UCF Library's Research Assistance Desk, just in case the title you're seeking is available in the UCF Library as part of some other material, but is not listed individually in the catalog. Two local law schools have some materials not found at UCF:
The official version of published U.S. Supreme Court cases is United States Reports (not Reporter), but it usually takes 2-3 years for the official version to be published. The UCF Library does have the official U.S. Reports in the U.S. Documents Collection [JU 6.8:], but we also have the complete run of Supreme Court cases available in a commercial format.
Yes and no. The original text of Title VII-Equal Employment Opportunity appears on pages 253-266 in volume 78 of United States Statutes at Large [U.S. Documents GS4.111:]. But you're probably looking for the law as it exists today after decades of modifications and spread out through various sections of the U.S. Code. You'll need to conduct your own research to locate all the sections of interest to you.
First, we recommend that you consult an attorney when an interpretation of the law is needed. If you'd like to look at an overview of the laws of various states, try the Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest [Reference KF 190 .M32 for the 2006 print edition - ask at the Research Assistance Desk for access to the subsequent editions on CD-ROM]. The topical index in the front of each volume indicates that "living wills" are included under the category "Estates and Trusts"- topic "Wills". The General Laws of Massachusetts are summarized in approximately 70 pages. Since the summaries also identify the specific statutes by number, you have a starting point if you decide to look at the full text of the statutes, either through LexisNexis Academic or through the StateLaw link listed on our Government Resources for Other States webpage. NOTE: There are a few states that don't have specific legislative provisions for living wills, and others don't use the phrase "living will", so you could search a long time unsuccessfully in their statutes. The summaries in Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest can save you time because entries are included for each subject, even if the only information is "No legislation." Of course, if it's a brand new law, then it won't appear in Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest until next year's edition.
See the Consent Decree research guide for information about League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) et al. v. State Board of Education Consent Decree, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, August 14, 1990