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Last Updated: May 1, 2015 URL: http://lawlibguides.luc.edu/firstyearlegalresearch Print Guide RSS Updates

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Your required course book for this class is an online, interactive, legal research writing course book called TeachingLaw.com. There is a one time charge of $75 for TeachingLaw.com which includes access and updates for the next three years. To purchase TeachingLaw.com:

  • Go to Teachinglaw.com and click on “Register Now”
  • From the drop down menu to select Teaching Law product, choose your Legal Research instructor’s name
  • Select “Buy Now”
  • Select Register Now
  • Create Profile and select continue
  • At Shopping Cart, select “Add to Cart” and follow check out instructions.
  • At payment confirmation page, scroll down to see user name and password and instructions for logging in to Teaching Law.

If you have questions or difficulty purchasing, contact customercare@bna.com or call 1.800.372.1033.  Hours of operation for Customer Care are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation



The goal of legal research is usually to find primary authority (a case, statute, or administrative law document) to support a legal argument.  To perform legal research, you must learn how to use specialized resources to find these materials. 

During the First Year Legal Research course, you will be introduced to these specialized resources.  You will learn how to find research resources both in print and online formats.  You will also be introduced to electronic citation checking (a system for ensuring that your case has not been overruled or reversed) and will receive training on Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law, the major commercial sources of online legal information.  Finally, you will learn about research strategies such as knowing how to get started, when it's best to use print and when it's best to use online resources, what to do if you hit a dead-end, and how to know when your research is actually done.

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