id start out with a terms and connectors search with something like this: "restrictive covenant" /s breach /s contract /p compet!you should get at least a few relevant cases. then you can shephardize those to get more cases. and once you read a few decisions that are on point you will have a better idea of what to search for since youll learn the terms of art that are used in such cases.as for what kind of courts to search under, that depends on your assignment. where will this imaginary suit be brought? just ask your prof if its not in the assignment or you forgot. you can always do an "all federal and state cases" search to start with, but that will probably give you a lot more cases than you would want and some decisions that will only be persuasive precedent.
Thanks again for the help. Yes, my professor just tossed us in the library, gave us a brief tour, and told us to start researching. So far, I found under West's NY Digest 4th - Contracts and looked under Restrictive covenants, non-compete, etc. The topics all seem to apply to my fact pattern. I've pulled out several of these cases and read through them and they all seem to be have similar law/rules. Now what? How many rules/laws should I pull out? How do I know which one would be the leading case for NY? Arghh... I'm going crazy with this.