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Last Updated: Oct 15, 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 and writing course book called TeachingLaw.com. There is a one time charge of $35 for TeachingLaw.com which includes access and updates for the next three years. To purchase TeachingLaw.com, go to https://teachinglaw.com/help and follow the registration instructions.

If you have questions or difficulty with your purchase, please contact


Introduction to Legal Research PowerPoint

The following PowerPoint presentation was created to accompany the 2015 First Year Legal Research lecture on Introduction to Sources of Law and Legal Research.

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.

First Class Assignment

The reaading assignments listed here are available in TeachingLaw.com and are to be completed prior to your first Legal Research class meeting the week of August 24.

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